McKeeve to head BLP’s private equity practice

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired private equity heavyweight Raymond McKeeve in a boost for the firm’s ambitious corporate practice.

Raymond McKeeve

McKeeve left Kirkland & Ellis (K&E) a year ago to pursue a career as an investment professional with property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz, but this week BLP partners voted in of favour of accepting him into their partnership.

It is understood that McKeeve will head the firm’s private equity practice. The hire is a significant coup for BLP, which has been searching for a high-profile hire in private equity for several years.

The move comes after recently re-elected managing partner Neville Eisenberg pledged this week to continue the firm’s push into the corporate market as “an absolute priority” (16 March).

McKeeve and fellow private equity partner Graham White left Linklaters to join K&E in 2006.

Tchenguiz, and his investment vehicle R20, is an established client of McKeeve and White, and followed them from the magic circle firm to K&E.

BLP has been in expansive mood this year, opening a new office in Moscow with a 70-lawyer raid on Russian firm Pepeliaev Goltsblat & -Partners (19 January), and setting up a panel of South American firms as it considers a move into the region (19 January).