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 second three-year term beginning in February 2013. Mr. Hammes is also a founding partner of the San Francisco office opened in 2003 and the Palo Alto office opened in 2008. Mr. Hammes also led the expansion into Asia with the opening of the Hong Kong office in 2006 and the Shanghai office in 2010.
Mr. Hammes has 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. In 2012, he was named to Crain's "Who's Who" in Chicago Business.
Mr. Hammes serves on the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors, the Northwestern School of Law Board, and the University of Wisconsin School of Business Dean's Advisory Board. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago and the Board of Trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association.
Other DistinctionsCertified Public Accountant, Illinois
Arthur Andersen & Co., Certified Public Accountant, Tax Department (1980-1982)
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