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Stephen Gillespie joins Gibson Dunn in London

Stephen Gillespie is to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in the London office. Formerly a senior partner in the European debt finance practice in Kirkland & Ellis International’s London office, he will continue his European leveraged and acquisition finance practice at Gibson Dunn.

“We are delighted to have Stephen on board,” says Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Building a top quality English law transactional practice is a strategic priority for the firm, and Stephen’s addition is an essential component to attaining that goal.  Stephen is a recognised leader in European leveraged and acquisition finance.  His profile and experience will help us further develop a broadly based capability that includes leveraged finance, high yield, real estate finance and restructuring.”
Gillespie’s move complements the other recent and high-profile corporate partner hires in the firm’s London office, including Charlie Geffen, Nigel Stacey, Jonathan Earle and Mark Sperotto.
“We have worked on the opposite side of the table to Stephen on private equity finance transactions and have first-hand experience of his superb technical skills,” says Tom Budd, Co-Partner in Charge of the firm’s London office.  “Stephen’s hiring will position us well to attract top-tier leveraged finance mandates from both sponsors and lenders.  His strengths in English law leveraged finance, when combined with our established expertise and experience in New York law financing products, will create a formidable bench for our clients.”
“I look forward to working with old friends and new colleagues,” says Gillespie. “With its collegial culture, its first-class corporate and litigation platforms and recent substantial investments in the London transactional practice, Gibson Dunn offers a compelling opportunity.”

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