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Targeting the City: Fried Frank hires Hogan Lovells’ Brinkworth as head of finance

After having hired two private equity partners in recent months, US firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has bolstered its finance capability with the hire of Hogan Lovells finance partner Stuart Brinkworth (picutred) to head its London finance offering.

Brinkworth resigned from Hogan Lovells on Friday (15 May) and has now been placed on gardening leave. He will officially start his role at Fried Frank’s London office from 1 September.

The new position at Fried Frank will see Brinkworth tasked with building debt fund relationships with clients in London and also supporting the firm’s private equity practice.

Brinkworth joined Hogan Lovells from SJ Berwin in 2010 as a partner in the firm’s banking group, he specialises in acting for UK and international lenders including credit and debt funds, sponsors and bidding consortia on UK domestic and cross-border leveraged finance deals.

His hire is indicative of the firm’s strategy for growth in the London office, which recently saw private equity partner Daniel Oates join from O’Melveny & Myers in January, and its London managing partner Graham White who joined from Kirkland & Ellis last year. It does, however, follow the departure of its international disputes head in London, Nick Cherryman, who moved to King & Spalding last month.