Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has rejigged its management committee, with London managing partner Bruce Buck handing the bat to M&A partner Pranav Trivedi.
Buck’s move was announced internally two weeks ago, ending a 25-year stint managing the City base after he founded the office in 1988. He remains the firm’s European managing partner.
The shift follows various other management changes at Skadden , although a spokesperson insists that they are unrelated to Buck’s decision.
These include the promotion of London-based Karyl Nairn QC, who featured in last year’s The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list list (28 January 2013 ) for her work advising Roman Abramovich during his $6bn (£3.8bn) battle against Boris Berezovsky. She has been made global co-head of the firm’s international litigation and arbitration group alongside London disputes partner David Kavanagh.
Meanwhile London energy and infrastructure projects partner Douglas Nordlinger, who also made it into last year’s Hot 100 list, has been promoted to global head of the firm’s energy and infrastructure projects group. He replaces Washington DC-based Martin Klepper.
The firm did not comment on whether or not the moves were decided by partnership vote. The promotions are expected to come into force with immediate effect, meaning Russian specialist Trivedi, who specialises in merger and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, is already London head.
New York-born Buck, who started his career at White & Case , remains the chairman of Chelsea Football Club. Since he took up the role in 2003 the club has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.