Linklaters raids CC for telecoms partner

Linklaters raids CC for telecoms partner” />Former Clifford Chance partner and head of Linklaters’ global IT and communications practice Christopher Millard has raided his old firm to poach telecoms star Tim Schwarz.

Millard, who left Clifford Chance 18 months ago, was instrumental in bringing Schwarz back to private practice from a spell at the World Bank and has scored a coup by luring his old friend to Linklaters.

Schwarz trained at Clifford Chance and has been a partner since 1997. The contacts that Schwarz developed in a two-year spell as the World Bank’s key telecommunications lawyer helped him build a truly international practice.

He developed a reputation working in Central and Eastern Europe and has branched out with assignments in Asia and Latin America, and most recently he has worked on a number of projects in the Middle East.

“We’ve been offering IT and telecommunications services to Linklaters’ corporate client base and there’s been a good take-up,” said Millard. “We’re expanding the IT and telecommunications practice because there’s a realisation that IT and telecoms are mission-critical for our clients.”

A source at Clifford Chance said: “It doesn’t really affect our mainstream practice because he’s not really been involved in that, but it’s a shame because he’s a good guy.

“Our focus is increasingly on supporting major markets and corporates, and maybe he felt he was not enough in the mainstream.”