Departures necessitate MCI legal restructuring

The shake-up of the MCI legal team has seen senior in-house lawyer Peter Waters promoted to acting head of legal for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Following the departure of the previous EMEA legal head Stuart Blythe to Viatel last year, Waters had been co-heading the legal function with Suzanne Hopkinson, who is on maternity leave. Simmons & Simmons partner Rhys Williams has been called up on secondment to fill the gap, as revealed by The Lawyer (16 February). After the departure of chief international counsel Ann La France to Squire Sanders & Dempsey, MCI general counsel Anastasia Kelly is searching for a head of legal and a regulatory head to replace her.