· In a move described by Allen & Overy as one of its most significant hires, Stephen Lloyd has been named co-head of its private equity practice. He joins from rival UK law firm Ashurst where he acted as lead corporate partner. Replacing Lloyd at Ashurst is London-based M&A partner Simon Beddow.
· Also leaving Ashurst is M&A lawyer Nikolaus von Jacobs, who left to lead the German private equity activities of McDermott Will & Emery.
· Hogan Lovells named London partner Tom Whelan as the co-head of its global private equity practice. Whelan, who will work alongside continuing private equity co-chief Jeffrey Hurlburt, replaces Alan Greenough who will retire next year.
·After three decades of work, seasoned M&A lawyer Kirk Radke is leaving Kirkland & Ellis to join the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher at an unspecified date.
· Private equity tax lawyer Brenda Coleman left Weil Gotshal & Manges to join the London office of Ropes & Gray.
· Timothy Spangler stepped down from his role as Kaye Scholer’s investment funds group chairman to join the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin.
· Kirkland & Ellis expanded its New York M&A practice with the addition of former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett attorney Sean Rodgers.
· Former King & Spalding M&A partner Ram Burshtine joined the New York office of Sidley Austin as a global finance partner.
· Joining the Columbus, Ohio office of Ice Miller is private equity deals lawyer Edward Braum, who previously worked for 14 years in the New York office of Goodwin Procter.
· Jared Hershberg joined the New York office of Winston & Strawn as a private equity partner in its corporate practice. He was most recently a partner at Morrison Cohen.
· Chicago-based law firm Freeborn & Peters added former Mayer Brown funds partner Gary Jungels to the firm’s corporate practice group.
· Alternative assets law firm MJ Hudson appointed Karma Samdup, previously with CMS Cameron McKenna, and Graham Nicholson, previously with SJ Berwin, to its M&A team.
· Ropes & Gray relocated its co-head of global mergers and acquisitions, Jim Lidbury, to Hong Kong. He was previously based in Chicago.
· DLA Piper hired former Kirkland & Ellis transactions lawyers Jan Schinköth and Dominik Stühler as partners in its Munich office.
· Law firm Speechly Bircham opened an office in Paris, offering corporate, litigation and tax planning services.
Know of any private equity lawyer career moves we might have missed? If so, email PEM editor Nicholas Donato at firstname.lastname@example.org.