Star lawyer turns investment pro

Kirkland and Ellis private equity partner Raymond McKeeve is making the transition to real estate by joining the property investment firm of Robert Tchenguiz.

Raymond McKeeve, the lawyer at Kirkland and Ellis who has built up a roster of private equity clients, is to turn real estate investment principal at R20, the property firm set up and run by Robert Tchenguiz.

London-based McKeeve has counted Apax Partners, Barclays Capital, FL Group, MidOcean Partners, Rianta Capital, Mountain Capital and Kingsbridge Capital Advisors as well as R20 among key clients.

From mid April, he will join R20, the investment firm set up by Robert Tchenguiz when he and his brother Vincent decided to leave the Rotch Property Group they jointly founded.

McKeeve joined Kirkland & Ellis in 2006 from Linklaters. His area of expertise is advising private equity houses and portfolio companies on acquisitions, recapitalisations and exits.

Notable deals include acting for Tchenguiz in the £431 million (€546 million; $860 million) acquisition of Odeon cinemas while he was at Linklaters. In that case Tchenguiz invested alongside German investment bank WestLB. While at Kirkland and Ellis he advised Tchenguiz on the £180 million joint acquisition of Menzies Hotel Group. R20 invested in the four-star chain alongside property firm aAIM.