Paul Hastings has added to its London funds capacity with the hire of a new partner.

Duncan Woollard joins the firm from King & Wood Mallesons where he been a partner specialising in private investment funds. He acts on both fund formation, restructuring, investments and general management and wider private equity matters.

He advises on private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, real estate and mezzanine funds. He has acted for the likes of Hutton Collins, MML Capital, Accession Mezzanine Capital and Babson Capital Europe.

Recent work includes advise on the structuring of the $3 billion Pantheon Global Secondary Fund IV and the €1 billion Investindustrial IV fund.

Woollard is the latest partner to leave the relatively newly merged King & Wood Mallesons, which in London is essentially the legacy SJ Berwin practice. The likes of Hogan Lovells, Proskauer Rose, Goodwin Procter and DLA Piper have all benefited from high profile departures such as Steven Davis, Tim Wright, Ed Harris and Richard Lever.