Kirkland & Ellis has added its third major partner from a U.K. Magic Circle firm’s London ranks in a week, as it continues a concerted effort to build out its infrastructure practice.
Allen & Overy partner Paul Sampson is the latest partner to join the U.S. heavyweight’s London ranks, according to two people with knowledge of the move.
He has spent the last 14 years at A&O, according to his LinkedIn profile and was promoted to partner in 2020.
Based in London, Sampson has particular expertise advising sponsors, investment managers, and institutional investors on a variety of matters including the establishment, participation and regulation of investment funds, including infrastructure, real estate and private equity funds.
It is the latest part of an infrastructure play by Kirkland. Sampson’s move will reunite him with former A&O global infrastructure co-head Sara Pickersgill, whose move to Kirkland emerged last week. Pickersgill spent over 20 years with the firm.
Clifford Chance finance partner James Boswell, who specialises in infrastructure finance, is also moving to Kirkland.
Kirkland has also secured several other A&O partners in recent months. Antitrust partner Alasdair Balfour joined in April and earlier this year, Kirkland hired a partner from the firm in Germany, adding Michael Ehret to its Munich office.
An A&O spokesperson said in a statement: “Paul Sampson has decided to leave Allen & Overy. We would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”
Spokespeople for Kirkland & Ellis did not respond to requests for comment.