Corporate partner David Patrick Eich was named as a "Hot 100" lawyer in The Lawyer's 2012 edition, the first to include a section for Asia.
"In 2011 a large number of US firms took on Hong Kong law capability through lateral hires. Among them, Kirkland & Ellis's expansion was easily the most ambitious and market-shaking. The firm hired eight partners and a large number of associates from rivals Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy...With the appointments Kirkland has not only acquired a Hong Kong law capability, but it has also built up a broader top-end corporate practice, including capital markets. Many consider this a gamble, but Eich and his firm are not betting on hot air, as China's economy is forecast to overtake the US' by 2020, while Asia's GDP is expected to account for more than half the world's GDP by 2050."
This article appeared in its entirety in the January 9, 2012 edition of The Lawyer.