Sidley boosts private equity with hire of ex-Kirkland partner

Former Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner Nigel Dunmore has resurfaced at Sidley Austin to strengthen its corporate practice after he quit Kirkland following its recent hiring spree.

Dunmore brings some much-needed private equity expertise to Sidley’s London corporate team, which has two UK-qualified and two US-qualified partners, including Robert Asher.

Asher was the lead partner acting for Starwood Hotels & Resorts on its acquisition of the Le Meridien brand and management business.

Dunmore left Kirkland in May, at the same time as London managing partner Stuart Mills announced his impending departure in September and following the arrival of former Linklaters private equity partners Graham White and Raymond McKeeve.

At the time, Kirkland denied that the departures were linked to the hires of White and McKeeve.

Earlier this year Sidley launched a London-based insurance practice when it poached former DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary partner Nigel Montgomery and a team of three associates.