Kirkland’s London head honcho moves to Fried Frank

As we revealed yesterday , Kirkland & Ellis’s London head Graham White has made a significant career change this week, jumping ship to be Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson’s first-ever London managing partner.

After two years in the job at Kirkland without the official London managing partner handle but with all the responsibilities, White saw the chance to upgrade job titles at Fried Frank. His new role will see him take charge of Fried Frank’s London office as well as the role of head of private equity in Europe.

Fried Frank isn’t the only US firm to be hiring in the City from rivals. Greenberg Traurig Maher has also been on a recruitment drive, picking up McDermott Will & Emery finance partner Pierre Brochet – as we reported this morning .

US firms have been responsible for a raft of lateral hires in London this year. With several now properly embedded in the City , the opportunities have arguably never been greater.

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