Kirkland & Ellis partners Christopher Field and Jan Scobie have joined the London office of Dechert, an Am Law 100 firm that has been particularly acquisitive in recent weeks.
Scobie, a tax expert, left Kirkland earlier this year. She’s now joined at Dechert by Field, a private equity and M&A specialist who joined Kirkland in 2005 from Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May. He made partner at Kirkland the following year.
In 2015, Field took the lead advising private equity firm Sycamore Partners LLC on the $372 million sale of shoe retailer Kurt Geiger to Cinven Group Ltd. Three years before that transaction, Field was part of a Kirkland team counseling buyout giant Bain Capital LP on its $1.34 billion buy of Telefónica SA’s Atento call center business.
Scobie, meanwhile, focuses her practice on the tax aspects of commercial transactions, including private equity deals and M&A matters. She joined Kirkland as a partner nine years ago this month from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where she had been a senior associate. Mark Thierfelder, the New York-based chair of Dechert’s corporate and securities group, praised his firm’s new hires in a statement.
“Chris has deep expertise in domestic and international private equity deals across multiple industries, which will directly benefit our clients in the U.K. and around the world,” Thierfelder said. “Coupled with Jane’s significant experience developing tax strategies for complex transactions, the two will further strengthen our private equity practice in London and expand our global platform.”
Dechert has been busy over the past year bolstering its bench in London. In late 2016, the firm brought on Kirkland finance partner John Markland and White & Case private equity partner Ross Allardice, DLA Piper finance partners Philip Butler and David Miles and Clifford Chance disputes partner Stephen Surgeoner.
Those moves were followed this year by Dechert’s addition of Kirkland banking and finance partner Rob Bradshaw and Ropes & Gray finance partner Monica Gogna, both of whom came aboard in London. Earlier this month, Dechert picked up Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Bruce Bloomingdale—a former head of Mayer Brown’s London banking and finance group—and White & Case partner Nazim Zilkha in New York.
Kirkland, which declined to comment about the departures of Field and Scobie, has also been on a hiring spree of late.
The firm welcomed to its partnership ranks this week investment funds expert Joshua Cohen, a former managing director and general counsel of Highbridge Capital Management LLC and global head of alternatives legal at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, in Chicago.
Cohen’s hire comes two weeks after Kirkland added investment funds partner David King in San Francisco, where the former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett associate spent the past seven years in-house at private equity giant The Carlyle Group LP.