HgCapital installs former Clifford Chance lawyer as general counsel

Private equity house HgCapital has appointed former Clifford Chance senior associate Andrew Jessop as its general counsel in a move that sees former legal chief Alison Hampton move to a compliance role.

Alison Hampton
Alison Hampton

Jessop joined HgCapital in the top legal position from the magic circle firm’s private equity practice, with Hampton remaining at the buyout group as an adviser on governance, compliance and risk management and head of its responsible investment initiative.

Hampton joined the London-headquartered mid-cap outfit in 2008 from the City office of US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges, where she was a consultant (5 February 2008).

Like former general counsel John Kitching, whom she replaced, Hampton was previously at legacy Lovells. She joined Weil in 2006 together with private equity partners Marco Compagnoni and Jonathan Wood (2 February 2006).

HgCapital has roughly 100 employees across offices in London and Munich. Its assets under management exceed £3.6bn, with the group claiming over 100 institutional investors.

Its main external law firm relationships are with Linklaters partner Richard Youle on the deal side and London-based Proskauer Rose partner Nigel van Zyl for fund formation.

Proskauer inherited the client from SJ Berwin when van Zyl moved from the firm at the start of 2012 (16 January 2012).

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