Kirkland & Ellis has recruited another partner from Ropes & Gray’s London office, taking on investment funds lawyer Anand Damodaran.
Damodaran joins Kirkland after five years at Ropes, where he was a partner in its private investment funds group.
He advises clients on the formation of credit, private equity and real estate funds, and is admitted to practice in India, New York and the UK.
Prior to joining Ropes, Damodaran was a lawyer at White & Case for five years. He started his legal career at Clifford Chance.
Damodaran’s arrival comes a week after Kirkland announced it was to take on a five-partner team from Ropes & Gray’s investigations practice globally.
In London, Marcus Thompson is joining Kirkland’s government enforcement group and will work alongside partner Satnam Tumani.
Ropes is also losing Chicago managing partner Asheesh Goel, who is the firm’s anti-corruption and risks co-chair. He will be joined by partner Kim Nemirow in the US city, while business and securities litigation co-chair Zachary Brez will be based in New York.
Kirkland’s Hong Kong office will additionally be boosted by government investigations partner Cori Lable.
Ropes has lost a series of partners worldwide this year, including London partners Mark Wesseldine and Fergus Wheeler to King & Spalding, restructuring partner James Douglas to Linklaters and finance partner Chris McGarry to White & Case.
Former City senior partner Maurice Allen also joined DLA Piper, while a four-partner team left for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Asia.