Linklaters names 31 new counsel

Linklaters today (8 May) announced the names of the 31 lawyers who have been made up to the new global management level of counsel – a structure change which The Lawyer revealed yesterday.

The magic circle firm, last Tuesday (1 May), introduced of a new status between managing associate and partner known as global counsel.

To mark the change, the firm has made up a colossal 29 managing associates and two managing professional support lawyer to the post in twelve different jurisdictions.

Linklaters previously had consultants and counsels on a regional ad-hoc basis. The firm, however, felt these roles needed to be harmonised under the single name of counsel and applied across the firm globally.

Corporate had the biggest gains with 14 new counsel, finance and projects made up
ten and commercial six.

London appointed 11, while New York and Paris made up four, Brussels three and Prague, Budapest, Beijing, Bratislava, Warsaw, Tokyo, Lisbon and Bangkok all gaining one.

The associates made up are as follows:


Mike Bienenfeld – mainstream corporate, London (US practice)
Kamil Blazek – mainstream corporate, Prague
David Davies – mainstream corporate, Budapest
Pia Lavrysen – mainstream corporate, Brussels
Mat Lewis – mainstream corporate, Beijing (US practice)
Miroslav Trencan – mainstream corporate, Bratislava
Eckart Wagner – competition/antitrust, Brussels
Pierre Zelenko – competition/antitrust, Paris
Nancy Keuning-Price – employee incentives, London
Elke Duden – employment, Brussels
Darren Isaacs – employment, London
Sarah Boswall – financial markets, London
Sarah Parkhouse – financial markets, London
Neil Bowden – pensions, London

Finance & Projects:
Robert David – banking, Prague
Danelle Le Cren – banking, New York
Edith Au-Yeung – capital markets, Tokyo
Steve Chojnacki – capital markets, Bangkok (US practice)
Véronique Delaittre – capital markets, Paris
Deanna Dickerson – capital markets, New York
Stephen Double – capital markets, New York
Emmanuel Lebaube – capital markets, Paris
Paulette Mastin – capital markets, London
Julia Smithers Excell – capital markets, London (PSL)
François April – projects, Paris

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska – IP, Warsaw
Joe Schmit – litigation, New York
Kirstin Warley – real estate, London (construction PSL)
Patrick Dewerbe – tax, Lisbon
Valerie Leipheimer – tax, London (US practice)
Stephen Pevsner – tax, London