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Kirkland departures rack up as Paul Weiss makes major London and New York plays

August’s reputation as a slow month for lateral hires has been turned on its head in recent weeks, particularly considering the shock departure of debt finance rainmaker Neel Sachdev from Kirkland & Ellis. In what is one of the biggest City law moves in the last five years, Sachdev moves to Paul Weiss, taking with him a team made up of debt finance partner Kanesh Balasubramaniam and capital markets partners Matthew Merkle and Deirdre Jones.

The moves establish an English law offering at Paul Weiss for the first time, in a display of serious intent from the firm. Sachdev, previously a top earner at Kirkland and one of its longest-serving partners, has a book of top-tier financial sponsor clients including Apollo, Bain Capital and Strategic Value Partners.