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Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Knight has joined KKR-funded Pillarstone as its first general counsel.
Knight is understood to have been a non-salary partner at the US firm, having been promoted in 2014.
He was a member of the firm’s European restructuring team, joining Kirkland as an associate in 2008 after training at DLA Piper.
KKR-funded vehicle Pillarstone supports companies and banks by managing their exposure to non-core and underperforming assets on their balance sheets.
Its headquarters are in London, with two other offices in Italy and Greece.
Kirkland has longstanding links to KKR in London and was requested by the private equity house in 2014 to act on the restructuring of auto-repair company ATU – in which it held a minimal stake.
The firm has also acted on several deals for the private equity house in the US, most recently leading on its strategic investment in martial arts organisation UFC.
Partner losses at Kirkland’s London office have been stemmed in the past 12 months compared to the seven-partner exodus to Sidley at the start of 2016.
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