Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Scotsman Kevin Dunn flirted with an American law firm, but ultimately decided not to commit. Dunn returned to his job as general counsel for GE Capital’s European commercial finance group this summer after just 18 months as an acquisition finance partner in the London office of Los Angeles-based Latham & Watkins. The 39-year-old solicitor says he returned to GE Capital because of the company’s rapid growth after it acquired Heller Financial, Inc. in 2001. Dunn’s division, which provides working capital finance to small and midsize businesses, has more than doubled in size, handling much bigger deals. GE Capital didn’t fill Dunn’s job while he was gone, which made his return that much easier. Why go to Latham in the first place? “They asked,” Dunn says. Beyond that, he says that before the Heller acquisition, the commercial finance group wasn’t growing particularly fast. Latham, on the other hand, was enlarging its London office, with “great plans” for expanding into continental Europe. Those plans were well on the way to success, Dunn says, when he left the firm. At Latham, Dunn, who’s a 1985 University of Cambridge law graduate, teamed up with partner James Chesterman. The two men worked on developing a complex, cross-border leveraged finance practice. But the market for that type of work wasn’t as hot as Dunn had hoped. He also admits that law firm life makes him uneasy. After a deal closes, he says, “you’re worried about where your next piece of work is coming from.”

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]lm.com

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.