DLA Piper’s changing of the old guard

It’s been a long time coming but it’ll soon be all change at the top of DLA Piper. Confirmation came today that UK-based co-CEO Nigel Knowles is to replace former Linklaters managing partner and current DLA Piper global co-chairman Tony Angel in that role in January 2015.

The US the firm’s new streamlined management model – which remains subject to a partner vote – will also see Americas co-chair Jay Rains become the joint global CEO while Americas co-chair and corporate and finance practice head Roger Meltzer pairs up with Knowles as global co-chair.

Completing the freshly minted top brass quartet is London IP partner Simon Levine, now appointed and annointed as the firm’s next joint CEO and effectively the man who is set to step into Knowles hefty shoes.

Partners were told of the changes via a video blog at 2pm today – incidentally just hours after the news broke of the exit of the firm’s Washington office managing partner Frank “Rusty” Conner III to Covington & Burling.

They now have the best part of a year to digest the changes at the top of the world’s biggest firm. Meanwhile Angel has a similar period to figure out what he does next.

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