Lovells new private equity head

Lovells has replaced its ex-global head of private equity Marco Compagnoni with the appointment of Alan Greenough, a parner and head of the London private equity practice at White and Case. He will be joined by two senior assistants, Amit Nayyar and Keith Woodhouse.

Compagnoni left Lovells for Weil, Gotshal & Manges in February following almost 13 years at the firm. He was initially replaced by interim head Leah Dunlop, who was based in Italy.

Greenough has been involved in a wide range of deals, including advising Liberty Media on its acquisition of Cablecom for US$3.042bn; management and NEWCO on the management buy out of Adare Printing for £120m; and a series of transactions in the healthcare and education sectors for Foundation Investment Partners Limited. He has been a partner at White and Case since 2004, and previously was at Pinsents

for 10 years, as head of the corporate practice for eight of these.

Lovells has also added Tom Whelan to the private equity practice, joining from DLA. He has been a partner at DLA since he moved there in 2002 from Ashurst, where he started his career. His recent experience includes advising 3i on its sale of Pets at Home and advising Blackstone on their £750m sale of the Savoy Group.

A further addition is Stephanie Keen, who is joining from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobsen. Like Whelan she also started her career with Ashurst, joining in 1996 before moving to Fried Frank in 2004 as part of its cross-border private equity team. Her recent experience includes advising Cinven and Permira on their €500m investment in Koninklijke Vendex following its acquisition by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.