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Byron Pacheco joins Kirkland’s Litigation Practice

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Byron Pacheco has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He is based in the New York office.

Mr. Pacheco has experience representing clients in complex disputes, both at the trial court level and on appeal, in a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, breach of contract, class actions, fraud, labour and employment and securities. He also has experience handling government and internal investigations and has maintained a strong pro bono practice.

“We are happy to welcome a rising star like Byron to our litigation practice here in New York,” said Sandra Goldstein, a litigation partner and member of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “He’ll be able to immediately add value to the wide range of complex litigation matters we are handling, from securities litigation to antitrust, class actions and commercial matters.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pacheco clerked for judges in the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California. Prior to law school, he was a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Pacheco is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and was a New York City Bar Association Associate Leadership Institute Fellow and a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder. He was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Community Foundation.

“I’m excited to join Kirkland’s litigation practice and I’m really looking forward to working with such a dynamic and talented team of lawyers,” Mr. Pacheco said.

Mr. Pacheco is an alumnus of Stanford Law School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hamilton College and Harvard University, respectively. He was previously an associate with Boies Schiller Flexner.

Who Is The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire?

At the young age of 27, John Collison has become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. It has been rumoured to be lonely at the top, but luckily John has his 29-year-old brother, Patrick. The two brothers from a small village in rural Ireland founded Stripe.

Stripe handles online payments as well as providing a host of other services that help make it simple for firms to run their websites.

Many people may not have heard of online payment facilitator Stripe, but the brand counts Elon Musk and Peter Thiel as key investors. A funding round valued Stripe at over $9bn, meaning the Collison brothers each have a stake worth at least $1.1bn.

Despite this huge success, a recent interview suggests John remains down to earth.

Asked about achieving billionaire status at a young age, John said “People now ask this a lot and I feel like they always want some really interesting answer – and I have nothing for them.”

Wealth is not new to the entrepreneurial pair. The brothers made millions before they even reached university, thanks to another start-up they founded.

John went to Harvard University and Patrick attended the equally prestigious MIT, but both dropped out in 2011, to focus on building Stripe.

”I remember saying to Patrick ‘how hard can it be? Maybe we should give it a try.” John commented.

There are numerous start-ups aiming to help companies process online payments, but Stripe has managed to grow rapidly, priding itself on keeping things simple.