HG Capital cements Weil ties with new GC

Private equity firm HG Capital has snared Weil Gotshal & Manges private equity consultant Alison Hampton as its new general counsel and compliance officer.

Hampton, who will replace retiring general counsel and former Lovells partner John Kitching, appears to further cement Weil Gotshal’s relationship with the private equity house.

Hampton joined the firm from Lovells in May 2006 along with private equity stars Marco Compagnoni and Jonathan Wood.

Weil Gotshal’s relationship with HG Capital was developed in earnest by Compagnoni, Hampton and Wood, who brought the relationship with the group from Lovells.

Compagnoni commented: “I’ve been working with HG since 1987 when it was Mercury Asset Management, so the relationship is very strong. Alison has very much been a part of that since her days at Lovells.

“She’s worked very hard to get this job and she’s certainly had her eye on it for some time. It’s a great move for her and we’ll definitely be working with her closely.”

Weil Gotshal has since advised on a number of key deals for HG Capital including the £155m sale of Travelsphere in 2006 and the £190m acquisition of Americana International from ISIS Equity Partners.