Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Expands Antitrust & Competition Practice

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Ellen M. Jakovic has joined the Firm's Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Practice Group.

Ms. Jakovic will take a lead role in Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) notification and antitrust clearance matters, a rapidly growing practice area for Kirkland.  In 2006, the Firm estimates it filed HSR notifications in seven percent of all transactions reported to the U.S. government that year. 

Ms. Jakovic joins the firm from the Washington D.C. office of White & Case LLP, where she coordinated that firm's merger notification practice and advised clients on the antitrust aspects of complex international transactions and joint ventures. Ms. Jakovic has an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University (1982) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1985).

A leading member of the D.C. legal community, Ms. Jakovic serves on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar (since 2004), is President of the Women's Bar Association Foundation and The Barristers, and is on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  She was President of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2003.  Ms. Jakovic is also active in the ABA Antitrust Section and writes and speaks frequently on merger control issues.

"She has a top-notch reputation for HSR and transaction clearance work and will help further expand our practice," adds Mark L. Kovner, a senior partner in Kirkland's Antitrust & Competition Practice in Washington, D.C.

"It is an honor to join such a distinguished firm," Ms. Jakovic said.  "I look forward to working with the antitrust and transactional groups here at Kirkland."

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,400-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex antitrust, corporate, restructuring, tax, litigation, dispute resolution/arbitration, intellectual property, and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York and San Francisco.