US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected Mark Leddy as its new managing partner following an uncontested election.
Leddy will take over from incumbent Mark Walker, who was appointed to the role in 2005 (9 May 2005), on 1 January 2011.
Anti-trust partner Leddy is currently based in Washington DC but will split his time between Washington DC and New York when he takes up the role.
Before joining Cleary as a partner in 1986 Leddy was with the Department of Justice for 14 years, including spells with the antitrust division and the special litigation section in Washington DC. In 1981 he was named deputy assistant attorney general, the highest career position within the antitrust division, in 1984.
He said: “As managing partner, I’ll continue Mark Walker’s strategy of thoughtful expansion, while at the same time maintaining our one-firm structure and our strong tradition of legal excellence, innovation and internationalism. I also intend to continue my current role in representing and supporting the firm’s clients.”
He added: “By any measure, Mark has been an outstanding managing partner and leader. Under his leadership, we have significantly expanded our presence in Asia with the opening of our Beijing office and the launch of a local Hong Kong law practice, deepened our already strong Latin America practice with the announcement of plans to open an office in São Paulo, and significantly enhanced our litigation strength in the United States and Europe.”
The firm launched its Hong Kong practice earlier his month (2 December 2010).