King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s (KWMSJB) City corporate head Steven Davis is to stand down after seven years in the position with legacy SJ Berwin.
Partners Michael Goldberg and Richard Lever will succeed him as the London corporate group co-heads. Managing partner Rob Day said: “Steve’s done a couple of terms as London head of corporate, and he decided it’s time to take a break from management.”
He added: “There are a couple of projects we’d like to enlist him on,” hinting that the roles will involve “less management and more strategy”.
In a further element of its corporate reshuffle, the firm has appointed Paris-based partner and partnership board member Maxence Bloch into the new role of international corporate head for the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East.
The changes follow those made by the firm’s real estate practice in October, when partner William Boss became co-head of the London group alongside incumbent Simon Ricketts (25 October 2013).
Partner Bryan Pickup maintained his international head of real estate position, while the firm also created two new international real estate sector group head positions falling to London-based partner Edward Page and Madrid-based Enrique Isla.
The raft of restructurings are part of a wider practice management re-jig, as the firm continues to bed down its $1bn merger which went live in November (31 October 2013).
Day said: “We’ll be making a bunch of changes in the next few months,” relating to “three or four” different practice groups.
Each part of the global corporate practice has its own strategic target, Day said. For example, private equity is focused on winning clients across the marketplace, while the mainstream corporate group will continue to reinforce its sector-led strategy.