Fifth partner hire within days continues growth of New York office…

Fifth partner hire within days continues growth of New York office

LAWFUEL – Law News – Law Jobs – Linklaters announces that it has elected Stephen Culhane as a partner in its investment management practice in New York. The appointment, which immediately follows the firm’s hire of a four-partner US litigation team from White & Case, further strengthens Linklaters’ New York-based team and its ability to provide top-level advice and service to sponsors of private equity, real estate, special situation, hedge and other alternative investment funds – both in the US market and for clients worldwide.

Stephen has been a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding in the Private Equity & Investment Funds Group since 2004. He led the New York private funds and asset management practice, focusing primarily on representing sponsors of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds and funds of funds in connection with the structuring, establishment and operation of such fund products. He also represents clients with respect to the regulatory aspects of forming and investing in private funds.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, he was a member of the Goldman, Sachs & Co. Legal Department from 1997. In that capacity he supported Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, focusing on Goldmans’ direct hedge funds, private equity fund of funds and fiduciary businesses. Stephen was a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Goldman and also served as Legal Director to Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Private Equity Group, which is today the world’s largest private equity fund of funds complex. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Coudert Brothers.

Tim Shipton, global head of Linklaters’ investment management group, said:

“Stephen Culhane’s election will help reinforce our unique ability to offer a truly integrated private equity and alternative investment funds practice on both sides of the Atlantic. The US investment management market remains a critical part of our overall strategy to offer market-leading, multi-faceted and multi-jurisdictional service to our premium global clients.”

Paul Wickes, US managing partner, said:

“Stephen’s election, coming just after those of four US litigation partners, brings our New York team to around 130 lawyers, reflecting our commitment to building a powerful presence in this market. Stephen will be a tremendous asset to our firm and we are looking forward to working with him as we continue to expand our presence in the US.”

Linklaters’ US investment management practice was established in February 2005, with the appointment of partner Scott Bowie from Latham & Watkins. From the outset, the practice has been working with high profile clients on market-leading transactions.

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