Dechert employed a London monetary companion from competitor Kirkland & Ellis

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Dechert has hired a partner from Kirkland & Ellis for its recent expansion in London.

Partner Colin Sharpsmith has returned to Dechert’s financial services and investment management practice after joining Kirkland as a partner four years ago.

Sharpsmith advises clients on all areas of financial services regulation, with a focus on regulations affecting alternative investment funds, fund managers and investment advisors, according to Dechert.

Prior to Dechert as a senior associate, Sharpsmith was with Withers and Travers Smith.

Commenting on the move, Gus Black, Co-Chair of Dechert’s global financial services group and Chair of the Management Committee, said: “Colin’s deep regulatory expertise in advising wealth managers and private equity firms will be an excellent addition to our investment management practice in London.”

“Colin’s return also speaks to our culture. We are very happy to welcome him again.”

Sharpsmith’s return to the firm is the second example in recent months. In April, Richard Pugh returned to the firm after 10 years at Bank of America. The company too rented White-collar heavyweight Judith Seddon by Ropes & Gray in March.

In the last month, Kirkland has made two high-profile additions to its London-based investment funds team: Catherine Goka and Louise Cobewhile rehabilitation partner Lisa Stevens left the company after two years in August.

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