Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Expands Restructuring Practice

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Patrick J. Nash, Jr., has joined the Firm as a partner in the Chicago office. Mr. Nash joins Kirkland's Restructuring Practice Group, which includes more than 100 lawyers globally.

"Pat has an impeccable reputation and he will be an asset to our already strong and growing restructuring practice," said Thomas D. Yannucci, chair of Kirkland's Firmwide Management Committee and partner in the Washington, D.C. office.

Kirkland is lead counsel on multiple multibillion out-of-court restructurings, as well as six of the 20 largest public company bankruptcies filed to date in 2009, according to Mr. Nash will work with members of Kirkland's restructuring group to continue to expand this thriving practice.

Mr. Nash, 37, has been practicing for 13 years. He spent the past nine years with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was a partner in the Corporate Restructuring Group. He represents clients in complex business reorganizations including Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, troubled company mergers and acquisitions, debt restructurings and financing matters.

Mr. Nash has acted for a variety of companies including VeraSun Energy Corp. and Service Merchandise Co. in their Chapter 11 bankruptcies; Meridian Technologies in its cross-border restructuring; and Krispy Kreme Corp. in the restructuring of its troubled franchisees. Mr. Nash has also represented investors in and acquirers of distressed assets, including TransWorld Entertainment, Inc. in its acquisitions of Musicland and Wherehouse Entertainment; Black Diamond Capital Management in its acquisitions of Foamex International, Hines Nurseries, Werner Ladder and Smarte Carte Corp.; and Silver Point Capital in a number of transactions. He has also acted for secured lenders in debtor-in-possession financings and out-of-court debt restructurings, including Morgan Stanley as debtor-in-possession lender to Bally's Total Fitness; and Black Diamond Commercial Finance in multiple transactions.

"With experience representing debtors, investors and lenders, and a litigation background, Pat will integrate seamlessly with our practice," said James H.M. Sprayregen, partner in Kirkland's Restructuring Practice Group in the Chicago office. "We are excited to have him on the team."

"We are pleased to welcome talented, experienced lawyers like Pat, who allow us to continue to take on complex matters during this period of unprecedented restructuring activity, while maintaining the highest standard in client service," said Richard M. Cieri, Restructuring Practice Group partner in the New York office.

In 2008, Turnarounds & Workouts honored Mr. Nash as one of America's "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers."

Mr. Nash is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Notre Dame.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex restructuring, corporate and tax, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Calif., San Francisco and Washington D.C.