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Kirkland Sponsors GLAAD Spirit Day

Kirkland is proud to sponsor GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day for the eighth year in a row. GLAAD is the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organisation. Spirit Day, which takes place this year on October 15, 2020, is the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world that aims to accelerate the acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day inspires millions of people around the world to wear purple or “go purple” online in a unified stance against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth.

Kirkland has been a proud official international sponsor of Spirit Day since 2013. Each year, the Firm demonstrates its support on Spirit Day by encouraging Kirkland employees worldwide to wear purple, celebrate diversity and inclusion, and continue important conversations within the Firm, the legal profession and the community. Kirkland also contributes to GLAAD’s Spirit Day Fund, which supports GLAAD’s year-round efforts to combat bullying, protect LGBTQ youth and garner participation in Sprit Day each October.

“GLAAD Spirit Day promotes some of the most important values in our society today — equality, inclusion and opportunity for all,” said Diversity & Inclusion Committee co-chair Ranesh Ramanathan. “Our attorneys and staff are proud to once again demonstrate our support for LGBTQ youth through participation in this important initiative.”

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.

Kirkland advises Vitruvian on closing of fourth fund at €4 Billion

Kirkland & Ellis advised leading International private equity firm Vitruvian Partners on the closing of VIP IV, one of the largest funds in the market focused on supporting high growth companies in the middle market. With a primary focus in Europe, VIP IV has a global reach with the ability to support businesses seeking assistance with international expansion. The fund was oversubscribed and reached its hard cap in under three months.

The Kirkland team was led by London investment funds partners Amala Ejikeme and Richard Watkins; tax partners Ian Ferreira, Frazer Money and Alec Campbell; and financial services regulatory partners Lisa Cawley and Prem Mohan. The US team was led by investment funds partners Joshua Westerholm and Christopher Scully; and employee benefits partner Elizabeth Dyer.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an American law firm. Founded in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Kirkland is the largest law firm in the world by revenue, and the seventh largest by its number of attorneys. Kirkland is the first law firm in the world to reach US$4 billion in revenue and the largest firm by revenue globally.

Kirkland advises GTCR on minority investment in CAPTRUST

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised GTCR regarding a 25 percent minority growth investment in CAPTRUST. The investment reflects a $1.25 billion valuation of CAPTRUST, an independent registered investment advisor, as the firm continues to grow and add services and capabilities.

Read the GTCR press release

The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Ryan Harris and Chris Thomas, and associate Kyle McHugh; and tax partners Russell Light and Polina Liberman.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an American law firm. Founded in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Kirkland is the largest law firm in the world by revenue, and the seventh largest in terms of number of attorneys. Kirkland & Ellis is the first law firm in the world to break US$4 billion in revenue.