12:14, February 15 1077 0

2018-02-15 12:14:08
Kirkland poaches two from Norton Rose and Simpson Thacher in infrastructure push

Kirkland & Ellis (K&E) has strengthened its infrastructure finance practice with two lateral hires from Norton Rose Fulbright and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Norton Rose global head of projects and project finance Rohit Chaudry and Simpson Thacher infrastructure partner Roald Nashi will join the firm’s Washington DC and Houston offices respectively.

Chaudry joined Norton Rose Fulbright after its merger with legacy Chadbourne & Parke in June 2017. He joined the legacy firm in 1993 and rose to become its head of project finance. Chaudry leaves the firm after joining 24 years ago.

Nashi qualified with White & Case in October 2011 and moved to Simpson Thacher under two years later. He spent more than four-and-a-half years at his previous firm before joining K&E.

The firm has made a number of big-name hires in recent months, bringing in Latham & Watkins global co-chair of private equity Jennifer Perkins earlier this month, Cravath Swaine & Moore M&A partner Eric Schiele last month and named Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer private equity heavyweight David Higgins as its London co-managing partner in December.

Kirkland partner and member of the global management executive committee Andrew Calder said: “Infrastructure finance is a natural extension of our energy and infrastructure platform. Many of our sponsor clients have infrastructure-focused investment strategies and need comprehensive private equity, energy and project finance advice.

“Rohit and Roald’s experience will expand our capabilities to meet those needs. They are great additions to our platform.”

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