Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of the European Restructuring Group. Jason Salman has joined the Firm as a partner and Mark Knight has joined as an associate. Paul Atherton will join the Firm as a partner in January 2009.
"We are pleased to welcome Paul, Jason and Mark to our practice," says Lyndon Norley, head of Kirkland's European Restructuring Group. "The financial crisis and economic downturn have significantly increased demand for our services. We have increased the size of our group by 50 percent this year and are extremely pleased to add a further three lawyers to our restructuring offering, which is now one of the largest stand-alone restructuring practices in Europe."
Mr. Atherton joins the Firm from the London office of Sidley Austin LLP, where his practice focused on significant debtor representations in cases with cross-border aspects. Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Mr. Atherton spent five years in the corporate recovery department of Pinsent Masons.
Mr. Salman joins the Firm from the London office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he held the position of special counsel. While at Cadwalader, his practice centered on restructurings representing investors based in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Cadwalader, Mr. Salman was a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Perth, Australia.
Mr. Knight joins Kirkland from the London office of DLA Piper. While at DLA, he acted on a variety of restructuring and insolvency matters.
Kirkland & Ellis' European Restructuring Group has advised on some of the most complex, multi-jurisdictional restructurings in recent years. Recent engagements include acting for Sea Containers, Nybron Flooring, Collins & Aikman and JL French on their multinational restructurings, and acting for lenders on the restructurings of Eurotunnel, TMD Friction, Schefenacker and British Energy, among others.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex restructuring, corporate, tax, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.