Kirkland welcomes Linklaters’ Elliott through its revolving door

The revolving door at Kirkland & Ellis has certainly picked up momentum in 2015 as the firm prepares to usher in its second major London recruit this year – Linklaters’ corporate star Matthew Elliot.

Elliott’s hire is quite a coup for the firm. The highly regarded corporate partner has been a stalwart at Linklaters since joining as a trainee back in 1998 and currently heads up the magic circle firm’s real estate M&A practice.

His hire follows that of familiar face Jim Learner, who formerly led Kirkland’s London office and helped it to gain its current foothold in the City. Learner was whisked away by a US private equity house client back in 2012, before returning to hang his hat in his original office last month.

Meanwhile, heading in the other direction was Graham White – the managing partner who filled Learner’s shoes during his absence. White quit the firm last October to head up Fried Frank’s growing office in London.

Hot on his heels was Kirkland’s debt finance star Stephen Gillespie, who joined Gibson Dunn’s burgeoning City bench in December.

Who will be next through Kirkland’s door, and in which direction will they be heading?

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