Coller Capital expands with Slaughter and May hire

Private equity group Coller Capital has added a fourth in-house lawyer with the hire of Slaughter and May associate Giles Lawson.

The London-based secondaries specialist, which last year closed a $5.5bn fund, brought Lawson aboard late last year from the magic circle firm.

He will work alongside Coller’s current in-house lawyers Amyn Hassanally and Paul Koffel, both execution partners, who joined the group in 2007 and 2005 respectively.

The overall leadership of the legal team is carried out by partner Peter Hutton, who heads the business’s execution, tax, legal and compliance functions. Meanwhile, the group’s US president Frank Morgan is a former partner at Mayer Brown and legacy Dewey Ballantine.

Coller last year acquired £1.05bn of private-equity assets from Lloyds Banking Group, instructing regular law firm O’Melveny & Myers for advice on the deal (16 August 2012).

O’Melveny also advised Coller on the closing of its $5.5bn secondaries fund in 2012, with the US firm’s team led by London partner John Daghlian, who brought the client from SJ Berwin on joining in 2004 (23 July 2012).

The news follows private equity outfit HgCapital’s recruitment of Clifford Chance senior associate Andrew Jessop as its general counsel, replacing Alison Hampton, who has moved to a compliance role at the mid-cap group (4 February 2013).

Coller declined to comment.