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Partner promotions: Kirkland makes up six in London in subdued round

Kirkland & Ellis has made up six to partner in London in an 81 global partner promotion round. The US firm has made up two fewer in the City than last year, when it made up eight in London of a total of 90 promotions.

In investment funds both Theodore Cardos and Amala Ejikeme join the partnership, while capital markets associates Gilles Teerlinck and Tim Volkheimer also made partner. The firm also made up debt finance lawyer Susannah Amini and financial regulatory partner Prem Mohan.

Chicago took the bulk of the promotions with 28 partners welcomed to the firm’s home base. Across the US, 67 were made up to partner.

The promotions come as the firm’s non-US revenue grew around 10% in 2015, faster than the firm’s overall revenue, which was driven by London growth. The firm’s global revenue was up from $2.15bn to £2.3bn while turnover rose by 7%.

Kirkland has been rapidly recruiting from Magic Circle firm Linklaters taking on private equity partner David Holdsworth in May of this year who joined follow corporate partner Roger Johnson, Linklaters’ UK head of competition Paula Riedel and M&A head Matthew Elliott over the course of 2015.

Earlier this year Kirkland saw the exit of a six-partner team which joined Sidley Austin to set up its City private equity team earlier. In the past eighteen months, the firm also lost capital markets partner Andrew Hagan and high-yield heavyweight Ward McKimm to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

London partner promotions:

Susannah Amini – debt finance

Theodore Cardos – investment funds

Amala Ejikeme – investment funds

Prem Mohan – financial services regulatory

Gilles Teerlinck – capital markets

Tim Volkheimer – capital markets