Starting gun fired on Freshfields London corporate race

The race is on at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to appoint a new London corporate head following Julian Long’s promotion to London managing partner. But who will fill his empty shoes?

Will the role go to partner Julian Makin, a corporate deal maker with strong City and investment bank contacts?

Or will strong leader Simon Marchant storm to the finish line, having already proved his mettle as Asia regional managing partner and, more recently, London M&A co-head ?

As yet, nobody knows. And as the old saying goes, it won’t be over ‘til the appointed partners complete the soundings process. Or something like that.

One thing’s for sure though, this is still all to play for. Young guns like London Stock Exchange relationship partner Andrew Hutchings could still take the top spot.

What next then for whoever takes over? Continuing to win mandates like the high-profile Poundland IPO and solid work from private equity clients like Cinven and CVC, probably.

According to one source, “Julian’s mobilised and motivated a lot of people to do good things and I don’t think an enormous amount needs to change.”

Sounds like Freshfields.

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