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Former Dewey & LeBoeuf London managing partner Peter Sharp has been appointed co-head of Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s City base.
Sharp, who joined the US firm during the collapse of Dewey’s UK LLP (3 May 2012), has taken over as co-managing partner of the London office alongside finance partner Christopher Harrison.
The duo have taken the reins from tax partner Charles Lubar, who launched the firm’s London base in 1981. A number of partners held the City chief position between then and 2009, when Lubar replaced Robert Goldspink in the senior role (24 September 2009). The role is appointed by the firm’s management rather than elected.
Sharp was one of a large number of Dewey partners and staff to join Morgan Lewis while the firm was in the process of closing and following the US bankruptcy filing and UK administration (29 May 2012).
He has come under pressure for leaving Dewey in April during the height of the crisis despite promising to stay until the end, but told The Lawyer that the US firm’s central management had ruined any hopes of keeping the London practice going by ignoring his business proposals (28 May 2012).