Legal Business

Significant hires

  • In its most significant hire since David Higgins’ move to Kirkland & Ellis in 2017, the US leader tapped Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer again by acquiring another of its private equity veterans, Adrian Maguire. The move for Kirkland further strengthens the firm’s ambitions to bulk up its European M&A practice, while for Freshfields the departure raises further concerns over its ability to retain top City talent (see comment).
  • Kirkland & Ellis also expanded in the City through the hire of tax partner David Irvine from US rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges. With particular experience of tax issues on a range of financing and restructuring transactions, Irvine now rejoins former Weil Gotshal partners Jonathan Kandel, Ian Ferreira and Frixos Hatjantonas.