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Weil Gotshal & Manges' Paris managing partner Claude Serra will be elected to a newly created position on the firm's management committee this Friday (2 December).
The firm's partnership will vote on Serra's uncontested appointment during its annual partners' meeting, which will coincide with the re-election of four further uncontested positions on the 14-strong firmwide management committee.
It is understood the other four positions up for re-election include that of senior partner and global chair of litigation James Quinn, and New York-based litigation partner Michael Epstein.
A partner at Weil Gotshal explained that the firm was midway through the process of expanding its management committee from 13 to 16 partners, with an extra position appointed each year from 2004 to 2006.
"As the firm grows, the management process is a more onerous task. So it was decided to expand the committee to ensure responsibility is more evenly shared," said the partner.
After assessing candidates over recent months, a focus group of partners selected Serra as the solitary final nominee, ensuring the partner vote is a formality.