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Global software products and solutions group Misys has hired Eversheds IT partner Suzanne Mercer to head its legal division for banking.
Mercer joined the in-house legal team as banking general counsel at the beginning of the month. Her role is a new position created by the company in response to its growing customer base in the banking sector.
Misys general counsel Dan Fitz told The Lawyer that Mercer's remit included everything from over- seeing customer contracts to client relationship building.
With a banking division of 27,000 staff members, Fitz said Mercer would also be handling employment issues.
"We needed a top-drawer lawyer to manage our legal and commercial operations for the banking division," he said. "Part of that role will be delivering customer contracts that work for both the client and Misys. Banks are some of our biggest clients. "[The position is] a challenge, but it's also liberating because Suzanne has a green field - this job has never been done before."
Fitz said an increasing risk profile had produced a need for a specialist lawyer.
"We're a software company and the software industry is particularly susceptible to IP cases - the BlackBerry and RIM case is a good example of that," he said. "Suzanne's skill base is ideal for the new role."
Rex Parry, partner and Head of IT and e-commerce, said: "We're sorry to see Suzanne go, but we understand the attractions of such an excellent opportunity. We thank her for her commitment to Eversheds over the years and wish her well and every success with the new challenges that lay ahead."