Debevoise appoints partner in London

The US law firm has recruited a new partner for its London office as it seeks to expand its European fund formation practice.

Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Anthony McWhirter as a partner in its investment management practice in London. McWhirter was previously a partner at rival law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he founded the firm’s investment funds practice.

McWhirter told PEO: “Debevoise has a greater concentration on private equity fund formation than Freshfields so I am likely to be focusing a greater proportion of my time on private equity fund formation. It is also one of the few firms to have senior English and US qualified corporate and tax lawyers based in London who specialise in investment funds.”

McWhirter advises investment managers and other financial institutions on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional private equity funds, including tax-driven fund structures and listed funds.

The other big fund formation hire of 2007 happened in January when US law firm Kirkland Ellis poached Mark Mifsud’s fund formation team from UK rival SJ Berwin.

Debevoise’s private equity funds practice is one of the world’s biggest. Since 1995, the firm has advised sponsors of or investors in more than 850 private equity funds with total committed capital of more than $720 billion.

Founded in 1931, Debevoise has offices in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.