Kirkland & Ellis has hired Bradley Friedman to the firm’s New York office as a partner. His practice focuses on the increasingly specialized and rapidly growing area of mergers and acquisitions involving asset managers and other financial services firms, as well as sales of GP interests.

“Brad is among the most experienced lawyers in the country for asset management M&A and sales of GP interests — areas where we see strong growth as the private equity industry continues to evolve,” said Jon Ballis, chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “Having the largest private equity practice gives us great visibility into where the market is heading, and allows us to continue attracting exceptional lawyers like Brad in areas of strategic importance for our clients. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Kirkland.”

“We’ve known Brad for years and have always been impressed by his work, and it’s exciting to bring him on board now,” said Daniel Lavon-Krein, a partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group in New York. “We continue to see heightened interest by fund sponsors for asset management deals, GP stakes and other fund-level transactions, and Brad’s expertise and experience will help us meet this increased demand.”

“Kirkland offers the most dynamic global private equity platform available. The Firm is always on the cutting-edge and has an incredible team-first culture, and presented a really exciting opportunity for my practice,” said Friedman.