In Rare Defection, Cravath M&A Partner Joins Kirkland

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 8:10 PM EST) -- Kirkland & Ellis LLP has lured a young Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP corporate partner with a focus on high-stakes public company takeovers and a niche in financial services, a rare defection for the notoriously tight-knit Cravath.

Sarkis Jebejian, 43, structured the deal that took KKR & Co. LP's private equity business public in 2009 and helped General Motors Co. convert its auto financing unit into a bank holding company in 2008, among other headline-grabbing transactions. His first day at Kirkland was Monday.

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