30 March 2017

Another Kirkland partner defects to rival

Dechert has hired banking and finance partner Rob Bradshaw from Kirkland & Ellis in London as part of its strategic plan to grow its private equity practice in what is the latest blow for Kirklands.

Dzianis Apolka

Global Legal Post wrote last month how a seven-partner team turned its back on Kirkland & Ellis for Sidley Austin. The team was led by private equity and M&A partner Volker Kullmann and included tax partner Roderic Pagel, corporate partners Björn Holland, Christian Zuleger, Marcus Klie and Nicole Schlatter, and finance partner Markus Feil.

New hire

Mr Bradshaw joined the Kirland & Ellis in 2014 from Allen & Overy and was made a partner in 2015. He joins former colleague John Markland who had been Kirkland finance partner before making the move to Dechert late last year. Clients he represented have included Bain Capital, South African retail company Edcon Holdings, Boston private equity company Great Hill Partners and Macquarie Infrastructure.

Next step

Dechert’s Head of Corporate and Securities Mark Thierfelder said: ‘Rob’s arrival is the next big step in our strategic plan for growth in our London private equity practice. The team is doing very sophisticated work in the UK and across the continent. Rob will enhance our ability to serve our clients as we focus on their most complex matters.’

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