Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Adds Private Funds Lawyer Allan (Kelly) Ryan in Chicago

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Allan C. (Kelly) Ryan, IV, has joined the Firm as a partner in the Private Funds Group of the Chicago office. Mr. Ryan joins Kirkland from the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he led the U.S. private investment fund practice.

Mr. Ryan has substantial experience in structuring private investment funds with a particular focus on real estate, infrastructure, hedge and private equity. His clients have ranged from newly formed firms to a number of the largest global investment managers.

"Kelly's experience with real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds will be a tremendous benefit to our clients and our practice, which is one of the largest private funds groups in the world with a strong and diverse team of 60 dedicated private funds lawyers," said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland's Global Management Executive Committee.

In the real estate arena, Mr. Ryan has fund experience with real estate core, core-plus, value-added and opportunity (including open-end and closed-end funds). His fund practice also includes infrastructure, agriculture, emerging markets, debt and structured products. In addition to structuring and forming private funds and their management companies, he also has extensive experience in structuring complex domestic and cross-border joint ventures, as well as privatizations, M&A transactions and public and private securities offerings.

"My real estate, infrastructure and hedge fund experience is a good match with Kirkland's existing funds team," said Mr. Ryan. "I am excited to join Kirkland and to start working with the team."

Mr. Ryan, 37, joined Mayer Brown in 1998, was promoted to partner in 2005, left the firm in 2006 to become an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and rejoined Mayer Brown in 2007. He earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

He is a director of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Walter E. Heller Foundation and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Camp Independence. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Pension Real Estate Association Governmental Affairs Committee.

Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, tax and intellectual property matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Kirkland has formed 525 private funds on behalf of more than 275 private equity firms since 1995, raising approximately $336 billion.