Freshfields creates role of London M&A head

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced the role of London M&A head, appointing former Asia managing partner Simon Marchant and TMT co-head Ben Spiers.

Simon Marchant
Simon Marchant

The duo will work alongside London corporate head Julian Long for a two-year term, effective immediately.

Freshfields said the roles are intended to spread responsibility for the practice more widely and enable a “much deeper focus” on developing the group strategically.

“These new roles are intended to spearhead an ever more co-ordinated and integrated approach to our M&A services and optimise our client offering around London-led M&A advisory roles,” Marchant said in a statement.

Spiers added: “These roles will boost our ability to better coordinate among our sectors groups and advance our know-how and overall offering to our global clients.”

Both Spiers and Marchant have previously been on the corporate practice’s business management team.

Spiers is also co-head of TMT, while Marchant has previously held the roles of Asia managing partner, global energy and natural resources head and global TMT head.

Marchant returned to London from Hong Kong last year (10 January 2011) after two years as regional chief (11 March 2009).

Freshfields has previously stated its intention to broaden the management of its corporate practice to include more people (31 March 2008).