Kirkland & Ellis has hired a new finance and restructuring partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Sean Lacey focuses on restructurings, refinancings, acquisition finance and debt issues. He will join the restructuring group at Kirkland.

At Freshfields Lacey had been the co-leader of the firm’s alternative capital group.

Recent work includes advising Wind Hellas on a high yield bond refinancing; advising Carlyle on its acquisition of Atotech (Deal Data record); advising the sponsors and HC Starck on the latter's leveraged refinancing; and advising Dixons Carphone Warehouse on its refinancing.

More recently he has advised Carlson Wagonlit Travel on its $1 billion notes issues (Deal Data record) and Permira Debt Managers on the £275 million refinancing of the Soho House Group (Deal Data record).

In late 2016 and early 2017 Freshfields has seen a number of partners depart its London office including M&A partner Will Lawes who went in-house at Lazard, aviation finance partner Robert Murphy who joined Holland & Knight and structured finance and securitisation partner Dougall Molson who left for Fieldfisher

Kirkland has also suffered losses with banking partners Robert Bradshaw and John Markland leaving to join Dechert and restructuring partner Mark Knight joining KKR.