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Move of the week Kirkland & Ellis debt finance partner Stephen Gillespie is leaving the firm to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to become the Californian firm’s fifth high-profile recruit in the last year. He makes the move after eight years at Kirkland. UK London Bond Dickinson has hired Andrew Barber as a partner for […]

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