Kirkland poaches Debevoise secondaries lawyer – exclusive

The New York-based legal professional has worked on headline deals including HarbourVest Partners' bid for SVG Capital and Absolute Private Equity, Secondaries Investor has learned.

Kirkland & Ellis has hired an eight-year veteran from Debevoise & Plimpton who has worked on secondaries deals including HarbourVest Partners’ unsolicited bid for SVG Capital last year as well as fund formation for some of the firm’s Dover Street vehicles, Secondaries Investor has learned.

Nicholas Cassin joined Kirkland’s New York office as a partner in February, a spokesman for the firm confirmed. Cassin was most recently a senior associate at Debevoise and prior to that was an advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Nicholas Cassin
Nicholas Cassin

“We have been building our secondaries capacity on a global basis and Nick is a welcome addition to the Kirkland team,” Michael Belsley, who leads Kirkland’s secondaries transaction practice globally, told Secondaries Investor. “His practice will be complementary to our existing client base.”

Cassin will focus on US secondaries deals and will also work on a variety of global complex transactions, Belsley said.

Kirkland’s investment funds group has professionals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong and has advised on more than $32 billion in secondaries deals over the last five years, according to the firm.