Freshfields raids Linklaters for banking lateral

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a Linklaters banking and restructuring associate as a partner. Chris Howard will join the firm’s London office with full partner status at the beginning of next month.

Simon Hall, co-head of the global finance practice group, said: “We are very pleased Chris is joining the team in London. His first class skill and experience in the banking and bank led restructuring fields, particularly working with some of our best banking clients, will be a valuable addition to the finance group. This hire is evidence of our continuing commitment to build a first-ranking finance offering with strength in depth.”