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Linklaters has turned to the strategy of deploying senior relationship partners to emerging markets, sending three seasoned corporate rainmakers to Asia.
Global M&A co-head Matthew Middleditch, who manages the firm’s relationship with RBS, will transfer to the Hong Kong office from January. He will initially spend the bulk of his time in Asia, but after a few months alternate between the Asian hub and Europe.
The magic circle firm is also sending Amsterdam partner Peter Goes to Beijing early next year as well as Madrid partner Miles Curley to Singapore in the summer.
The moves follow the transfer of London corporate and corporate finance partner Robert Cleaver to Hong Kong in early 2010.
Global corporate head Jeremy Parr said: “Historically partner secondees to our offices in China and Asia have been relatively junior.” He added that the firm is now “putting its more heavyweight partners in growing markets”.
Parr said Middleditch had “done a lot of work for RBS in Asia” and confirmed that he would “continue to look after his clients wherever he is - some of Matthew’s loyal clients do lots of exciting things in Asia”.
Middleditch has traditionally been the firm’s key partner on the RBS relationship, but is understood to have relinquished the key advisory role to corporate partner Anne Drummond and banking partner Robert Elliott.