Learner Returns To Kirkland & Ellis Following Stint At P.E. Firm

Jan 6 2015 | 6:59am ET

Kirkland & Ellis International has announced that James Learner will rejoin the firm as a partner in its corporate practice group in its London office.

Learner has extensive experience advising clients on complex transactions, principally representing private equity firms in their leveraged buyout and growth capital investing and in their fund formation activities. He returns to Kirkland after two years with Palo Alto, Calif.-based private equity firm HGGC, where he was a managing partner and member of the executive committee.

“Jim was instrumental to helping our London office grow from 14 lawyers to more than 115 lawyers during his 12 years there, and in institutionalizing many of our important client relationships,” said Jeffrey Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s global management executive committee. “We are thrilled to welcome our friend and colleague back to the Firm.”

Prior to joining HGGC, Learner spent 25 years at Kirkland, where he worked with many of the firm’s longstanding private equity clients. He started in Kirkland’s Chicago office and relocated to the London office in 2000. While in London, he led the firm’s European operations and served as a member of the global management executive committee.

Learner has been recognized as a leading private equity lawyer in a number of legal directories, including Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

Learner, 52, earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.


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