Linklaters Americas managing partner John Tucker will stand down from the role when his three-year term ends in April, with the firm believed to favour a return to a US-based partner at the helm.
Tucker, who currently divides his time between London and New York, is also global head of finance and projects at the City giant.
His appointment in September 2007 was part of managing partner Simon Davies’s strategy to prioritise the US. Tucker’s responsibility extends to the magic circle firm’s New York and São Paolo offices.
A consultation process on the role is currently underway, but firmwide senior partner David Cheyne confirmed that Tucker’s successor is likely to be based in the US.
“It will almost certainly be someone who’s there,” he said. “For what we wanted at the time he was the ideal candidate, but it was only intended to be for a fixed term.”
The New York office has grown since Tucker took charge and now houses more than 170 lawyers. Several lateral hires have also bolstered the headcount, with financial regulation partner Robin Maxwell, corporate partners Dan Dufner and Alberto Luzarraga and antitrust partner Jeff Schmidt joining in the past 18 months.
Discussions over the future of a number of management roles will take place over the spring, with David Barnes’ term as global head of corporate also ending in April.