Kirkland & Ellis adds London fund partners from two rival law firms

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Signage is seen outside the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC, U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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(Reuters) – International law firm Kirkland & Ellis has hired two investment fund partners from Ashurst and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for its London office.

Kirkland said in a statement Thursday that it had hired Louisa Cobbe from Bryan Cave. He said Catherine Gokah joined Ashurst in a separate statement on Wednesday.

Both will be part of Kirkland’s European funds practice which has 25 partners in total, according to the firm.

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Cobbe focuses on real estate investment vehicles and funds, said Chicago-based Kirkland.

Gokah’s fundraising experience in real estate and infrastructure will help the company as these asset classes become increasingly attractive to institutional investors, said Christopher Braunack, fund partner at London-based Kirkland investment, in a statement.

Gokah was elevated to associate at Ashurst in May 2021, according to her LinkedIn profile.

An Ashurst spokesperson said the company wished Gokah well. A spokesperson for Bryan Cave did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cobbe’s departure.

Earlier this month, Kirkland lost restructuring partner Lisa Stevens, who was based in its London office, to British firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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