Simmons adds two to board in latest round of elections

Simmons & Simmons has added Peter Meyer and Alex Brown to its board in its latest round of periodic elections.

Meyer is the national practice head of the firm’s German dispute resolution practice, and head of the country’s life sciences sector group. He has been a partner at Simmons & Simmons in Dusseldorf since 2003, after joining the firm the previous year.

Brown has been at the firm for 16 years, having joined as a trainee in 1997. He is now a partner in the firms information, communications and technology group, and has held the post of graduate recruitment and development partner for the past four years.

In addition to the new appointments, the firm’s co-head of private equity Leo Verhoeff has been re-elected onto the firm board for his second three-year term. Verhoeff, who has been a partner in Simmons’ Amsterdam office since 1995, has sat on the board since 2010.

Two former board members, partners Sarah Bowles and Paul Li stepped down, while Italian partner Marco Franzini left the firm in February. It currently stands at 11-members rather than the usual 12 as the firm seeks a new second non-executive director. “We try to keep it fresh,” said senior partner Colin Passmore, “and are always looking for people with different expertise.”

Simmons’ board helps supervise the development of the firm’s strategy and oversees its implementation, chaired by Passmore. It is distinct from the firm’s international executive committee, which is led by managing partner Jeremy Hoyland and helps with the day-to-day running of the firm.

Other members of the board include Passmore, Hoyland, Hong Kong partner Fiona Loughrey, City finance partner Alyson Lockett, London energy partner Patrick Wallace, Rodger Hughes (non-executive director), David McLaughlin (finance director) and David Staiano (marketing and business development director).

Simmons & Simmons posted a slight drop in revenue in 2012/13, falling from £251.7m to £250.3m, with a similar drop in average profit per equity partner. The firm recently opened its office in Singapore, marking its fifth outpost in Asia.