Sullivan boosts finance and restructuring with Linklaters’ Howard

Linklaters banking and restructuring partner Chris Howard is leaving the magic circle firm to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office.

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Chris Howard

Howard joins the US firm two and a half years after rejoining Linklaters from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (22 November 2010).

Recently he has led the firm’s work on a raft of high-profile restructurings, advising the banks on cases including the administration of Republic (13 February 2013), HMV (15 January 2013) and Petroplus (26 January 2012).

Sullivan & Cromwell chair Joseph Shenker said Howard’s expertise in cross-border restructuring and finance would support the increasingly global work of the firm’s clients.

Howard added that he was looking forward to boosting the firm’s English law capabilities in restructuring, distressed M&A and finance.

Linklaters has lost a number of partners in recent months, including Washington DC tax partner Joseph Pari (10 May 2013) and a trio of capital markets partners in Paris, who went to White & Case (28 February 2013).

Meanwhile the firm promoted 24 associates to partner, including six in London (29 April 2013). Linklaters also hired two partners from Bingham McCutchen for its Washington DC office (9 May 2013) and picked up Dubai-based Islamic finance specialist Neil Miller from KPMG in March (27 March 2013).