Dechert has hired a Kirkland & Ellis partner in its latest London expansion.
Partner Colin Sharpsmith has returned to Dechert’s financial services and investment management practice after he previously left to join Kirkland as a partner four years ago.
Sharpsmith advises clients on all areas of financial services regulation, with an emphasis on regulations affecting alternative investment funds, fund managers and investment advisers, according to a statement by Dechert.
Prior to his time at Dechert as a senior associate, Sharpsmith had stints at Withers and Travers Smith.
Commenting on the move, Gus Black, co-chair of Dechert’s global financial services group and chair of the management committee said: “Colin’s wide-ranging regulatory expertise advising asset managers and private equity firms will be an excellent addition to our investment management practice in London.”
“Colin’s return also speaks to our culture. We are thrilled to welcome him back.”
Sharpsmith’s return to the firm is the second example in recent months. In April, Richard Pugh returned to the firm after 10 years at Bank of America. The firm also hired white collar heavyweight Judith Seddon from Ropes & Gray in March.
In the last month, Kirkland has made two high-profile hires to its investment funds team in London: Catherine Gokah and Louisa Cobbe, while restructuring partner Lisa Stevens left after two years at the firm in August.