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European partners of Washington DC firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are lining up for a new role on the firm's international management committee.
The firm is restructuring its management to include a European partner and a policy committee for the first time. The 450-lawyer firm is growing its management committee from six members to seven and changing its constitution to stipulate that the seventh member must be from one of the European offices. That role will go to one of the firm's partners based in London, Brussels or Berlin. The firm now has 65 lawyers on this side of the Atlantic. Wilmer Cutler is currently in the process of electing a six-member nominating committee - in which each member is chosen from one of six bands of partners based on seniority - that will pick the new committees. The new European member is expected to be in place by the middle of October.
"We've got about 65 lawyers in our three offices on Europe and we're looking to expand there considerably" William Perlstein, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering
In London, the firm has 24 lawyers, led by corporate partner Andrew Parnell. Wilmer Cutler is also adding a new policy committee to make sure partners give more time to discussing strategic issues. Chairman William Perlstein said: "We've got about 65 lawyers in our three offices in Europe and we're looking to expand there considerably. In addition, we have in the US a very substantial number of Europe-based clients, particularly German, so we thought from both an operational standpoint and strategically that it just made sense." He said the firm had now reached such a size that a policy committee was necessary to make sure partners could become more involved in strategic decisions.