Debevoise expands London PE team

The US law firm has made a number of appointments to its London-based private equity team.

Debevoise & Plimpton, the US law firm which recently advised the NIB-led consortium in its acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s late stage private equity portfolio, has made a series of appointments at its European team based in London.

Following the recent appointment of Marwan Al-Turki, Debevoise has hired two further lawyers to the firm’s private equity group. Christopher Mullen has joined Debevoise as a senior assistant from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He will work on merger and acquisition transactions, particularly for private equity firms.

Chézard Ameer has also joined Debevoise as a senior assistant. Ameer previously worked at Baker & McKenzie and JP Morgan and will specialise in private equity fund formation. Geoffrey Kittredge, a senior assistant within Debevoise’s private equity practice group, has been promoted to International Counsel. 

In addition to the recent E1.5bn acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s private equity assets, Debevoise acted in two of the year’s other major private equity transactions. In January, Debevoise & Plimpton represented Providence, which alongside Apax Partners acquired Casema Holdings from France Telecom for E665m. The firm also advised Providence in the acquisition of E1.73bn of cable assets from Deutsche Telekom.

The recent appointment of Marwan Al-Turki enables Debevoise to offer US and English law fund formation services from its London offices. Al-Turki, was formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, where he headed the firm’s European private equity and financial services practices.