Jeffrey C. Hammes
Jeffrey C. Hammes serves as the Chairman of the company and is on the board of directors. Mr. Hammes served as the Chairman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP (collectively, “K&E”) from 2010 until retiring in 2019. During his tenure as Chairman of K&E, K&E revenues grew from $1.4 billion to more than $4.0 billion, and net income rose from less than $700 million to more than $2.2 billion according to the American Lawyer. Under Mr. Hammes’ leadership, in 2019, K&E ranked first in total revenue and aggregate net income among the world’s top large law firms according to Bloomberg. That growth came across a variety of verticals where K&E has built leading franchises, including private equity and M&A, restructuring and litigation, a breadth of expertise that affords valuable insight into various product categories as one of the largest consumers of the tech-enabled services offered by companies in our target universe. In addition, K&E currently services more than 400 private equity clients around the world and Mr. Hammes maintains relationships at the senior levels of many of those firms.
Mr. Hammes graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He is a member of the Illinois bar (inactive).