Winston & Strawn has added eight lawyers from Nixon Peabody for a foray into the New York private equity market. Dominick DeChiara, who was head of Nixon’s private equity practice, will co-chair Winston’s private equity practice. He is joined by three other former Nixon partners and four associates, which he called “our core deal team” in an e-mail to friends and colleagues Friday.

Winston has a robust private equity group in Chicago and had been looking to expand it into New York. The law firm has been on a growth spurt in the city. In September, it added telecommunications partners Eric Cowan and Glynna Christian from Dewey & LeBoeuf, and in August it hired restructuring partner James Donnell from Andrews Kurth. Michael Elkin, who became one of the managing partners of Winston’s New York office earlier this year, said the firm would “like to build up to at least 300 lawyers in New York.” Winston now has around 200 in the city.