Freshfields appoints new US head

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed founding US litigation group partner Adam Siegel as its new US managing partner.

Siegel will take up the role in April 2014, succeeding outgoing head Julian Pritchard, who was crowned US head in 2009 (30 July 2009).

Pritchard took up the role in the same year Siegel joined Freshfields from Covington & Burling with fellow partner Aaron Marcu and Wilkie Farr & Gallagher partner Benito Romano (22 January 2009) to kick-start a US litigation team.

A year after joining, Siegel also led the launch of a global investigations practice at Freshfields in an effort to respond to the increasing risk to clients from cross-border regulatory investigations (4 February 2010).

Siegel led the 60-strong group, which involved more than 13 jurisdictions, from New York while litigation partner Geoff Nicholas led the practice in London.

Siegel’s appointment comes amid a reshuffle of several top jobs at the firm. London managing partner Mark Rawlinson is also stepping down after a two-year term and will be replaced by Julian Long (4 March 2014).

Pritchard oversaw a period of cautious growth in the US for the magic circle firm, which has made few lateral hires stateside since launching there in 1977.