Linklaters raids Freshfields for restructuring star Howard

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  • Massive, massive move for Links. Big blow for FF

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  • It's a short-term blow in terms of the RBS relationship, but Freshfields never wanted to build a big volume banking practice like Cliffords. A&O or Links. Howard is a great operator but the Freshfields machine will keep on going.

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  • Body-blow to Freshfields from Links! Freshy is left reeling!!! Links has Freshy on the ropes here!!! Can Freshy come back fighting or is it all over for Fleet Street's finest?!?!?!

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  • Now there's gratitude for you!

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  • isn't it funny that only a few years after having to leave one magic circle firm for partnership the same firm that refused to make him up is bringing him back on increased cash - makes you wonder about the amazing press that Links will no doubt put out, why wasn't he great enough the first time?

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  • FBD has made a strong point during the credit crunch that the restructuring teams were "mission critical". To lose a person like Chris Howard is a serious gut shot. It reflects the discord in the finance ranks as they have been bleeding people and hurts more since it is now happening at partner level.

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  • As ever, it´s the truth behind the headlines which is the most interesting...I understand there was a major falling out here and more toys were thrown than a kindergarten.

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  • Pipe down children.
    'In the know' is quite correct, there was a mighty fall out, and Signor Howard felt unloved and unsupported in his attempts to expand his practice, with on particularly unpleasant clash, which I shall not go into details about.
    Sufficed to say that FBD felt quite willing to let him go, and he quite happy to leave, so no crying over spilt milk from either party to be perfectly honest.

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  • I don't mind him leaving. Nor am I hurt that he didn't say goodbye. But why did he have to pour strawberry ice cream over all the copies of Restructuring Law and Practice by Chris Howard that we have in the library before he left. Why, Chris?

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