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Kirkland taps Fried Frank for latest partner hire

This is the law firm's second hire to partner this year in its investment funds group after that of Aleksander Bakic from Akin Gump.

Kirkland & Ellis has made its second partner hire this year with the appointment of a lawyer from Fried Frank.

Charles Cooper-Isow will join the law firm as a partner in the next couple of months in London, according to a source familiar with the matter. He will join the investment funds team and will focus on sponsor coverage and GP-led secondaries.

Cooper-Isow, a corporate associate at Fried Frank, joined the law firm in 2016, according to his profile.

His hire comes off the back of that of Aleksander Bakic who joined Kirkland’s investment funds practice at the start of this year from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as Secondaries Investor reported.

Kirkland & Ellis advised on 135 transactions in 2020, representing more than $57 billion of transaction value, according to the most recent Secondaries Investor Law Firm Survey. The firm completed 49 GP-led deals over that year, aggregating $31 billion, as well as three stapled tender offers, worth $2.55 billion.

The latest Secondaries Investor Law Firm Survey for 2021 activity will be published in late May.

A spokesperson from Kirkland declined to comment. Fried Frank did not return a request for comment.