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Kirkland & Ellis Expands Corporate Practice With Seventh U.S. Office

Global law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has announced expansion of  its corporate practice with the addition of one more office in the U.S. The new office in Houston is the law firm’s seventh in the U.S. and twelfth, internationally.

Kirkland & Ellis has roped in leading M&A Corporate Attorney, Andrew T. Calder – former Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Houston office. As Partner in the Houston-based office, he will help the law firm strengthen its corporate practice further.

Calder specializes in M&A, corporate governance, and corporate and securities law with a particular focus on the energy sector. He brings immense experience and industry know-how along with him. He is known for having advised leading private equity funds such as Blackstone Energy Partners and KKR, and companies like GeoSouthern Eagle Ford Development LLC, Alta Energy Luxembourg S.à.r.l., and PPL Corporation, among others. Several eminent corporate attorneys such as Benjamin Clinger, who is relocating to Houston from Kirkland’s Chicago office and Rhett Van Syoc will join him.

Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee said about Calder, “Andrew is a first-class lawyer with an exceptional track record of achieving excellent results for top-tier clients on their most significant energy transactional matters. We are very pleased to both welcome him to the firm and to enhance the service we provide to all of our clients in the energy industry.”



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Calder said, “I have long admired Kirkland’s private equity and M&A teams, and look forward to being a part of this exciting new chapter in the Firm’s history. Having been involved in the Houston legal and business community for some time, I’m thrilled to help enhance Kirkland’s tremendous deal acumen and client service in the M&A area.”

Kirkland’s select recent transactions include representing Zebra Technologies in a $3.45 billion acquisition of the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions and 3G Capital Partners Ltd. on its $28 billion acquisition.

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