Linklaters banking head Gideon Moore has won the magic circle firm’s managing partner race to replace outgoing Simon Davies. 

Moore has been selected by Linklaters’ partnership board, although the appointment still needs to be ratified by a vote at the firm’s annual partner conference on 17 November. 

Moore’s four-year term is set to start at the beginning of January 2016.

The managing partner elections began after Simon Davies announced he would stand down from the role a year early. 

Moore stood for the managing partner role alongside disputes head Michael Bennett and Asia managing partner Marc Harvey.  

He was also recently reappointed as global banking head. He has held this position since 2011 and has been a partner at the firm since 1999.

The next senior partner election, the winner of which will be confirmed in the position in September 2016, is currently understood to be a two-horse race between corporate heavyweights Charlie Jacobs and Jean-Pierre Blumberg.