Mr. Hammes joined Kirkland & Ellis in 1985 and has been a partner since 1991. Mr. Hammes became Chairman of Kirkland's 15-person Global Management Executive Committee in 2010 and was elected to serve a third three-year term beginning in February 2016. He has been integral to the Firm’s expansion around the world. In the United States, he established Kirkland’s presence in the Bay Area as a founding partner of the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and led the opening of the Firm’s Houston office in 2014. He also led Kirkland’s entrance into Asia with the opening of offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Prior to taking on the full-time role of Chairman, Mr. Hammes concentrated his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, and private equity compensation and governance matters. Clients include Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital. Described by clients in Chambers Global as a "lawyer who grasps the big picture with every transaction," Mr. Hammes has been named to Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2001 and to The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. Crain's has named him to "Who's Who" in Chicago Business every year since 2012.
Mr. Hammes serves on the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Dean's Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association, the Board of Directors of LEAP Innovations and the Board of AJC Chicago.
Other DistinctionsCertified Public Accountant, Illinois
Arthur Andersen & Co., Certified Public Accountant, Tax Department (1980-1982)
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