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Kirkland Welcomes Competition Lawyer Andrea Agathoklis Murino

Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce that Andrea Agathoklis Murino has joined the law firm as a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Group.

Andrea has private and public sector experience securing clearances for proposed transactions before the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and international competition law enforcement agencies.

She has successfully represented hundreds of clients through all aspects of transaction-related investigations, including high-profile Second Requests and dozens of intensive public and non-public investigations.

She also has experience representing clients in merger litigation, consumer protection matters and numerous other competition matters, including dominant firm conduct, competitor collaborations, and distribution practices.

Her clients include companies in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, financial services, telecommunications, medical devices, consumer products, hospitality, real estate and retail industries.

Chambers and Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 U.S. and Who’s Who Legal Competition have recognised her as a top lawyer. She is active in the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law, presently serving as an editor of Antitrust Magazine.

As a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Ms. Murino has led webinars to educate lawyers on developments at the intersection of healthcare and antitrust law.

Andrea joins Kirkland from Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was co-chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. Previously, she was an attorney advisor to former FTC Chairman and Commissioner William Kovacic, and served as a counsel to two assistant attorneys general for antitrust at the Department of Justice.

Andrea holds a law degree from The George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from American University.

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.

2020 Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report

Gender equity is the process of being fair to women and men. To ensure fairness, strategies and measures must often be available to compensate for women’s historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a level playing field.

YLW recognised Kirkland as a Top Firm for Parental & Caregiver Leave in its 2020 annual Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness Report.

YLW works to advance the status of women and traditionally underrepresented gender identities at Yale Law School and in the legal profession at large.

To realise this mission, we create programming, resources, and mentorship opportunities to bolster our members’ pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

YLW is a non-partisan organisation committed to building a supportive community of women at Yale Law School and beyond.

The annual list is a policy survey of Vault 100 law firms that examines inequities within the legal profession, highlights progress being made in the industry and identifies areas for improvement to serve as a tool for law firms, lawyers, and future lawyers with the aspiration of building more equitable workplaces.

Kirkland was previously honoured as a Top Family Friendly Firm in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Kirkland Overview

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