Ashurst has expanded its management board to include French finance partner Laurent Mabilat, increasing the representation of continental Europe on the firm’s board.
At the same time, incumbent board members litigation partner Edward Sparrow and transport, energy and infrastructure partner Logan Mair have been re-appointed following a contested partnership vote.
Mabilat becomes the ninth member of the firm’s management board, but is only the second representative from continental Europe, alongside Italian partner Daniele Raynaud.
It is understood that the extra position on the board was created in order to better reflect the firm’s strong continental Europe network. Mabilat was appointed after an uncontested election.
Mair and Sparrow, however, faced competition from project finance partner Nicholas Avery, European real estate chief Simon Cookson and commercial partner Clive Tucker, who unsuccessfully stood against the pair.
Other members of the board are managing partner Simon Bromwich, senior partner Geoffrey Green and London-based partners Charlie Geffen and Mark Vickers. Finance director Nigel Morland is also on the board, although he is a non-voting member.
All of the existing members of the board, excluding Mabilat, were initially appointed in 2003 following a comprehensive overhaul of the firm’s management structure, which saw the team reduced from 12.