Legal Business

Kiss the ring – patronage, in-fighting and exits threaten to stall Kirkland’s bandwagon


Jaishree Kalia sizes up the clashing egos and driving ambition at Kirkland’s City arm.

Flashy cars, Dom Pérignon and top dollar are just some of the things associated with Kirkland & Ellis’ City high-flyers. The top ten global law firm has been highly successful in London since setting up shop in 1994 to service trophy client Bain Capital. The practice is certainly substantial, generating over $180m in 2015, according to one partner.