Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced today that it has expanded its Houston office with the addition of leading transactional lawyers William W. Bos and Anthony H. Speier III. Kirkland opened the Houston office in April with the hire of prominent M&A partner Andy Calder.
“Will and Anthony are highly respected attorneys with significant experience on complex transactions in the energy sector, and we are excited to add them to the dynamic team we have assembled in Houston,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Bos joins Kirkland from the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. He represents borrowers, private equity funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and other institutions in commercial lending and financial transactions, including acquisition finance, primarily in the energy sector.
Mr. Bos has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. He holds a J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from The University of Vermont.
Mr. Speier joins Kirkland from the Houston office of Baker Botts L.L.P. He focuses on acquisitions, divestitures and formation of joint ventures involving energy assets, with a particular emphasis on asset level oil and gas onshore and deepwater offshore transactions. His work has involved a broad range of energy assets, including upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and companies, crude oil refineries, LNG facilities and specialty chemicals businesses.
Mr. Speier has been recognized as a rising star by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. He holds a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and a B.A. from Tulane University.
“We have been building our team in Houston over the last few months, and Will and Anthony are two important pieces of that puzzle. They bring exceptional experience on asset level transactions and energy financing that adds depth to our transactional team, and share our enthusiasm and energy for making the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis a success,” said Andy Calder, a corporate partner in Kirkland’s Houston office.
Kirkland has one of the most active and highly regarded international corporate practices, representing many of the world’s largest public companies and more than 300 private equity firms on complex multijurisdictional transactions in every major market around the globe. The Firm has worked on energy deals such as Constellation Energy’s $7.9 billion merger with Exelon Corporation, Murray Energy Corporation’s $3.5 billion acquisition of the Consolidation Coal Company subsidiary of CONSOL Energy, Edison Mission Energy’s $3 billion sale of its assets to NRG Energy, and Hess Corporation’s $1.2 billion sale of its Energy Marketing business.
About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a global law firm with approximately 1,600 lawyers representing clients in complex corporate and tax, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Houston, Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.