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Ashurst has put an overseas partner on its management board for the first time.
Rated Milan finance partner Daniele Reynaud was elected late last autumn as a replacement for board member Jeremy Hill, who quit the firm for Debevoise & Plimpton in September.
Crucially, Reynaud stood unopposed. Senior partner Geoffrey Green said: “There was a feeling among the partners that it was appropriate for someone from an office other than London to be on the board.”
The firm first elected its slimmed down board last January, voting in Charlie Geffen, Mark Vickers, Ed Sparrow, Logan Mair and Hill; Green also sits on the board.
At the time there was some surprise that Paris rainmaker Thomas Forschbach stood for a place on the board but did not make it.
Forschbach subsequently quit for Latham & Watkins in November, and at the time many partners at the firm felt he may not have left had he won a board role.