Kirkland & Ellis let go of associates last week following the firm’s mid-year performance reviews that took place in March, in another round of associate cuts after the firm trimmed ranks last fall.

Reductions were spread across U.S. markets, including in California, where a group of associates in the private equity and funds space were let go, as well as in Salt Lake City, Chicago and Texas, according to sources familiar with the cuts. The sources said reductions were concentrated among junior and mid-level associates, including some who were recruited away from other law firms during the firm’s hiring frenzy of the past two years.

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