The move will bring to an end months of market speculation surrounding White and McKeeve. The pair have been at Linklaters since 2001, when they moved together from SJ Berwin.
Prior to that they were at corporate boutique Dickson Minto. White has acted for CVC Capital Partners, Apax Partners, JP Morgan and TDR Capital. McKeeve has acted for Montagu Private Equity and Permira.
A Linklaters spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Graham White and Raymond McKeeve, private equity partners in London, have accepted an offer to join Kirkland & Ellis.
“We are grateful for their contribution to the firm, and we wish them all the best for the future. While we are sorry to see Graham and Raymond go, we remain fully committed to our private equity practice and our service to clients will remain unaffected.”
White and McKeeve could not be reached for comment. Kirkland & Ellis declined to comment.