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Kirkland & Ellis Chairman To Retire, Successor Named

Law360 (December 7, 2018, 6:25 PM EST) -- Kirkland & Ellis LLP's longtime chairman Jeffrey Hammes will retire in early 2020 and will be replaced by Jon Ballis, a Chicago-based private equity partner and member of the firm's global management executive committee, according to a Friday internal memo obtained by Law360.

"Jon is an incredible talent and has demonstrated the necessary leadership skills and business acumen to lead Kirkland & Ellis into the future," Hammes said in the memo describing the transition, which is slated for Feb. 1, 2020.

The change of leadership is in accordance with Kirkland's partnership agreement, which requires that members of the global management executive...

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