Cheyne wins senior partner race at Linklaters

Veteran corporate partner David Cheyne has won Linklaters’ three-way senior partner race.

The magic circle firm confirmed Cheyne’s victory at noon today (19 June). He fought off fierce competition from finance head Giles White and banking partner Robert Elliott.

Cheyne who has been a partner since 1980 will succeed outgoing senior partner Anthony Cann on 1 October 2006. His term will last for five years. Cann will retire from Linklaters at the end of September after 37 years with the firm.

Commenting on his success Cheyne said: “I feel honoured to have been elected to succeed Anthony Cann, under whose senior partnership we have consolidated our market-leading reputation for advising on the most challenging and innovative deals worldwide.”

Cheyne is a leading M&A lawyer and headed Linklaters’ corporate practice between 2000 and 2005. His deal highlights include advising BP on its acquisition of Amoco, Vodafone on the acquisition of AirTouch and Mannesmann, Billiton’s dual listed merger with BHP and Deutsche Post’s takeover of Exel.