Doug Bacon joined Kirkland & Ellis as a corporate partner in the Houston office.

Bacon advises private equity firms, companies and corporations on complex multinational mergers and acquisitions, many of which involve carve-out acquisitions and sales. He has recently represented clients such as Novartis and Honeywell International, and has previously advised many of the largest private equity firms including The Blackstone Group, KKR, TPG, Apax Partners, MSD Capital and First Reserve.

Bacon joins Kirkland from the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner. Prior to Freshfields, he was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

“Doug is a talented attorney who has a deep understanding of complex private equity and M&A transactions. He is a strong fit for our firm and will be another great addition to the rapidly growing Houston office,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

“I’m excited to add Doug’s talent and energy to our team in Houston. He is a proud Texan, born and educated in the Houston area and will be a great cultural fit with our local client base. With his skill set, Doug will be an important addition to our deep bench of experienced M&A partners in Houston,” said Andrew Calder, a partner in Kirkland’s Houston office and a member of the firm’s Global Management Executive Committee.