DLA Piper has announced that Sir Nigel Knowles and Roger Meltzer will become global co-chairmen of the firm, effective from 1 January 2015. In addition, Simon Levine and Cameron ‘Jay’ Rains will become global co-chief executive officers of the firm, also effective 1 January 2015.
Meltzer and Knowles will succeed DLA Piper’s current global co-chairs, Tony Angel and Lee I Miller, and Rains succeeds current global co-chief executive officer J Terence ‘Terry’ O’Malley, all of whom will continue to have important advisory roles as the firm expands and refines its business and operations in practice groups, sectors and geographies. Levine will succeed Knowles.
Knowles is currently managing partner of the international firm, which he will continue as until 30 April 2015, and Levine is co-managing director of groups and services for the international firm, which he will continue as until 31 December 2014.
Meltzer and Rains are currently co-chairs of the Americas for DLA Piper, positions that they will retain upon assuming their global leadership roles.