Guy Morton has been elected senior partner at Freshfields after knocking out his two London opponents in the first round.
Morton, head of the financial services regulatory practice, beat Philip Richards and Graham Nicholson to the job, meaning that he secured an outright majority in the first round of voting.
He will take over the role from Anthony Salz next year alongside Frankfurt-based co-senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer.
Morton’s election marks the end of months of uncertainty at the magic circle firm following Salz’s decision to retire earlier this year.
Morton, 53, counts the Bank of England, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley among his clients.
His victory will create a vacancy as a senior non-exec on the firm’s partnership council.
Freshfields is set to announce a new chief executive to replace current incumbent Hugh Crisp, who is stepping down from the role for family reasons.
US-based Ted Burke is understood to be the favoured candidate for the role.