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Apax on the hunt for first general counsel

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  • Shortlist?

    Simon Witney at SJ Berwin must be in the running. Too capable to stay at SJ's forever.

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  • Shortlist

    Mark Soundy at Weils is the frontrunner.

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  • Apax

    There's not any reason for them to go to private practice law firms to find the right guy. Apax are just as likely to hire a GC from financial services given how much the role will be taken up with dealing with the FSA.

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  • Simon Witney?

    He's a great lawyer - very well regarded - but he doesn't do any fee earning does he? Surely they would want someone who actually has some experience at the coal face, as it were. It's all very well knowing the theory of it all but surely the Apax GC will be involved in the actual deal doing. Wouldn't someone like Jason Glover at Clifford Chance - who has worked in private equity firms before - be a better bet?
    Mind you, Simon is certainly up to speed on all the regualtory type issues so could be exactly what Apax is looking for.

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  • Apax

    I vote for Peter Cornell at Terra Firma. He ran Clifford Chance and is a wise head.

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  • Apax package

    The package looks low to me. Even with carry, £300k won't attract top partners in.

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  • did they fill this role?

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