Davies recommended for Linklaters’ top job

Asia chief Simon Davies has emerged as the favourite to win the Linklaters’ two-way managing partner race.

It is understood that Linklaters’ international board, which is responsible for appointing a successor to incumbent Tony Angel, recommended Davies to partners after soundings from all 496 partners. A formal announcement is expected early next month.

The race to succeed Angel had three contenders. In addition to Davies, capital markets head Nick Eastwell and head of banking John Tucker also stood for the post.

But as exclusively reported by The Lawyer (22 January) the front runner Tucker dropped out of the race after the international board heard representations from all three contenders.

Eastwell and Tucker were originally seen as joint frontrunners, with Davies only having an outside chance, as many partners saw him as an unknown quantity, having spent much of his time in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

However, as first revealed by The Lawyer, the support of senior partner David Cheyne shifted in favour of Davies recently.

The firm will formally announce the winner on Friday. Linklaters declined to comment.