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Goodwin Procter makes second private equity hire from King & Wood Mallesons

US firm Goodwin Procter has made its second private equity hire from King & Wood Mallesons’ City office with private equity partner Simon Fulbrook, signalling ‘an important strategic step in the development’ of its European private equity capabilities.

Fulbrook specialises in acquisition, fund and real estate finance and has acted for UK and international lenders, sponsors and corporates in the financial institutions, life sciences and healthcare and private equity sectors, including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank, Investec Bank, Bowmark Capital, Graphite and ECI Partners.

London office chair David Evans said: ‘His hire represents an important strategic step in the development of our European private equity capabilities, following the recent appointment of Richard Lever to spearhead the practice.’

The firm is aiming to muscle in on the private equity industry and in April hired King & Wood Mallesons’ City corporate co-head Richard Lever. Goodwin Procter plans to build a substantial team in London around Lever who has a proven track record in the City private equity space, having acted for the likes of ECI partners, Graphite Capital, Investcorp and Lion Capital.

Private equity group head Lever said: ‘Simon brings significant experience in all areas of leveraged finance and his hire will augment the expansion of Goodwin Procter’s focus on private equity work in the middle-market and growth equity sectors in Europe.’

US firm Morrison & Foerster announced this morning it had made a key hire with the recruit of Latham & Watkins’ private equity partner Graeme Sloan, where he will head the firm’s London corporate practice and serve as global co-chair of the firm’s M&A practice.