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The London managing partner of US firm Bryan Cave has stepped down after six years.
Corporate partner Charles Attlee has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the firm, while fellow corporate partner Anthony Fiducia has assumed the lead role in London.
Fiducia, formerly a partner at Davenport Lyons, is particularly known for corporate deals in the media and entertainment sector. His appointment as London managing partner is likely to herald a hunt in the capital for additional corporate firepower, notably in the AIM and funds areas.
Fiducia also said the firm was looking to launch a real estate capability.
The transition comes amid continued talks of a merger deal between Bryan Cave and Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
Neither Fiducia nor the outgoing Attlee would comment on the rumours, but the former admitted that the firm's US client base was "extremely interested" in what he described as "the other China" - the emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Squire Sanders has a string of offices in the region.