Rising Star: Kirkland's Ian Conner

By Ryan Davis (April 15, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT) -- Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Ian Conner has helped secure approval for multibillion-dollar mergers involving Delta Air Lines Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc. in the wake of similar deals being blocked by the U.S. government, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top competition lawyers under 40.

The 35-year-old 2014 Rising Star was part of a team that represented Delta in its $17.7 billion acquisition of Northwest Airlines Corp., the first successful merger of nonbankrupt legacy airline carriers.

Both airlines had recently come out of bankruptcy in 2008 when the merger, to create what was then the largest airline...

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