Eversheds restructures Euro management boards

Eversheds is consolidating its three management boards across Europe in a bid to boost its international business.

Eversheds international director Victor Semmens says that the firm will have a review meeting in May to finalise plans to create an all-encompassing board to cover each of its offices.

The firm currently has three management boards which oversee the UK region, Amsterdam and its continental European practices.

Semmens says: “We want to have 50 per cent of our partners in continental Europe in the next five years. We have got to give more thought from being a UK firm to being a European firm.”

The UK management board includes Semmens, chairman Keith James, deputy chairman of operations Ian Jollie and managing partner for client services Andrew Latchmore.

The UK board also looks after the firm's France and Brussels offices, while its Copenhagen office is housed under the continental Europe banner.

It is understood that the firm hopes to establish the international board with a representative in each of the countries where it has a presence.

The strategy is reminiscent of Linklaters & Alliance's international structure which has representative individuals from each of the firm's five offices, headed by chief executive officer Terence Kyle and general secretary Marc Martel.

Eversheds also has bases in Monaco, Moscow and associated offices in Copenhagen and Sofia, and merged with Dutch practice Boekel De Neree in December last year.

Eversheds has made no secret of the fact that it plans to establish a presence in both Germany and Italy.

But Semmens says that it is important to get a structure in place now, which any “new arrivals” can slot into later.