Stephenson Harwood appoints Edge as City corporate head

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partner Andrew Edge to head up its corporate practice in London.

Edge will replace the firm’s chief executive Sharon White, who was re-elected into the firm’s top position earlier this month (7 March 2014). She has stepped down from the corporate chief role, which she has held since 2004, to focus on her responsibilities as CEO – the remit of which has grown as the firm has expanded. 

Rather than holding an election for the corporate chief role, White made the appointment following consultations with the group’s partners.

According to The Lawyer UK 200 2013, Stephenson Harwood has 29 corporate partners globally, of which 24 reside in the firm’s City office. The group has already made some partner-level hires in 2014, including Dubai corporate and projects partner Sean Angle who previously headed DLA Piper’s Middle Eastern finance and projects team. 

Edge joined the firm as a partner from Ashurst four years ago (3 March 2010), and has since advised clients including Mumbai-listed pharmaceutical company Piramal Healthcare, Baker Tilly and GDF Suez on significant M&A deals. He also specialises in joint ventures and equity fundraisings. 

He will step into his new role as corporate head on 1 April 2014, while White will begin her second stint as CEO on 30 September.

Just yesterday, Stephenson Harwood appointed London-based partner Richard Parsons as its global aviation head, taking over from Singapore-based Paul Ng who is exiting the firm for Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (17 March 2014).

Parsons has been an asset finance partner at the firm since 2009, which he joined from a counsel role at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.