DLA private equity chief departs for Kaye Scholer

DLA Piper’s private equity chief has left to become managing partner of Kaye Scholer’s London office.

Andrew Harris
Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris, who specialises in private equity and M&A, will be tasked with beefing up the US firm’s London offering.

Kaye Scholer co-managing partner Barry Willner said: “Andrew’s joining our firm furthers the major investment by Kaye Scholer in UK and European private equity, corporate and M&A, and supplements our existing transactional practice in London.

“London is key to our global strategy, and in Andrew, we’ve found the right leader in terms of quality, personality and business acumen.”

Harris said: “Kaye Scholer has a leading reputation in the United States and Asia in private equity, M&A and corporate finance. The partnership’s determined to ensure that it has the same strength in depth and expertise in London that it has elsewhere, and I’ve been very impressed by how committed the firm is to achieving this objective.”

Kaye Scholer last year saw revenues fall by 4 per cent to $432m, and last month was hit by the departure of bankruptcy and restructuring partners Margot Schonholtz and Ana Alfonso to Wilkie Farr (25 May 2010).

DLA Piper was unavailable for comment.