Linklaters’ executive decision

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There is much speculation over in Silk Street on who is going to replace Giles White as Linklaters’ overall head of finance. The two obvious frontrunners – capital markets head Nick Eastwell and banking head John Tucker – recently went for the managing partner job, only to be bested by Simon Davies.

But the corridor chat has been that Linklaters may split the overall role because of the political difficulties in plumping for one. How would the firm choose between Tucker and Eastwell? And could it justify yet another non-fee-earner in management?Linklaters partners claim that everything is up in the air and nothing has been decided, although a senior source warns that two finance representatives on the executive committee might not go down too well with the all-powerful corporate department. “You want to keep the executive committee as small as you can,” he says. “I’d be against overrepresentation.”

With White off to Asia in six weeks, it’s decision time.