The appointments to Clifford Chance's new global executive committee havebeen finalised,
The Lawyer can reveal.As Rogers & Wells managing partner Larry Cranch revealed to The
Lawyerlast week, two of the global practices will be headed by partners from theUS firm.
Head of the litigation practice group will be James Benedict,while Bob King will take
charge of the new firm's securities group.The final position to be decided – global head
of property – is being heldin reserve for Punder Volhard Weber & Axster if it votes, as
it is expectedto do, in favour of its merger with Clifford Chance next month.Punders
partner Wolfgang Flehinghaus is widely tipped to take up theproperty job, but no firm
appointments can be made until Punders partnershave voted the merger through.The German
firm's partner meeting has been moved forward from September toAugust in order to give
formal approval to the three-way merger.The global group heads were decided by the new
Clifford Chance executivecommittee, chaired by new chief executive officer Michael Bray
withoutconsultation with other partners.It had already been announced that Clifford
Chance partner David Childswill become global head of corporate, while colleague Stuart
Popham willhead up the global finance group.