3i hires Dunn as general counsel

3i, a London-listed global private equity firm, has appointed a new general counsel following Tony Brierley’s retirement after 24 years in the business.

Kevin Dunn, formerly senior managing director at General Electric, will take on the role of general counsel, company secretary and member of 3i’s management committee. He will be responsible for 3i’s legal, compliance, internal audit and company secretariat’s functions and will succeed Brierley as chairman of 3i’s Group Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Brierley joined 3i’s in-house legal department in 1983.

At General Electric, Dunn ran the European leveraged finance business for GE’s commercial finance division, where he was in charge of more than 150 staff across four countries and managed a large portfolio of loans and equity investments.

Dunn was also European general counsel at General Electric before that, building a legal and compliance team of around 75 professionals in 11 countries.

Prior to joining GE in 2002, Dunn was a partner in the finance and banking departments of law firms Latham Watkins and, before that, Travers Smith.

Earlier this week, 3i partnered with French private equity firm Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners to invest in internet hotel bookings business FastBooking and announced that it would be increasing its investment in Asia, particularly in energy and infrastructure.