Freshfields appoints first-ever US COO

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed its first chief operating officer for its US practice, with the hire of Andrea Locklear.

Locklear joins the firm from New York based legal recruiter FPC where she held the post of managing director. Prior to her four-year term at FPC, Locklear headed up recruitment at Sullivan & Cromwell for 10 years.

Over her 20 years in legal personnel and development roles, Locklear has also held posts at Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

At Freshfields she will be responsible for the management of the US practice’s business services functions, outside of business development and finance. Locklear began work at the firm earlier this month.

Commenting on the hire, Freshfields’ US regional managing partner Julian Pritchard said: “Our engagement of Andrea reflects our commitment to client service, efficient, innovative business services functions, and the development of all our people.  It also reflects the firm’s focus on recruiting the very top talent as we continue to grow our practice here.”

The news comes as the firm today announced the launch of a bespoke financial investors group to better service the need of clients’ diversification of investment strategies and global investment portfolios (23 January 2012).