Kirkland at centre of lateral moves market with Linklaters’ Elliott hire

There is no end in sight for the current round of UK heavy hitters jumping ship for US rivals, with Linklaters’ real estate M&A practice head Matthew Elliott becoming the latest departee.

As revealed by The Lawyer today, Elliot is joining Kirkland & Ellis, the firm that has contributed disproportionately to the current lateral hiring merry-go-round with both exits and entrances.

Last month Kirkland reappointed former London managing partner Jim Learner (6 January 2015) while last year it brought in Weil Gotshal’s banking head Stephen Lucas (20 May 2014). 

In contrast last October Kirkland saw its most recent London managing partner Graham White quit for Fried Frank (13 October 2014), a move followed two months later by debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie’s for Gibson Dunn (12 December 2014).

In turn, Elliott’s exit from Linklaters follows the departures of private equity partners Ian Bagshaw and Richard Youle, who quit to join White & Case in October 2013 (17 October 2013). 

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