White & Case revamps executive committee

White & Case has unveiled a new executive committee, the four-member board tasked with the day-to-day running of the firm.

Oliver Brettle
Oliver Brettle

Global chairman Hugh Verrier, who was re-elected to that role this June, appointed all three partners. They include London office executive partner Oliver Brettle, a member of the firm’s executive committee since September 2009.

The additional two members of the board are antitrust partner and Brussels office executive partner Jacquelyn MacLennan and David Koschik, a New York-based banking partner and regional section head of banking in the Americas.

MacLennan has been tasked with building out White & Case’s Asian practice while Koschik will focus on growing the New York office and strengthening the firm’s position in Latin America.

Employment partner Brettle has been re-appointed to help White & Case build a ‘one-firm culture’, including initiatives focused on people development.  He will also be responsible for growing the London office and further integrating the firm’s regional practices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“Hugh picked the people he thought best qualified for the roles,” Brettle said.

New York corporate partner Anthony Khan and Istanbul corporate partner Asli Basgoz, both formerly on White & Case’s executive committee, have returned to full-time fee-earning.

“Over the past four years, we’ve put in place a global structure to better serve our clients,” said Verrier in a statement.  “Now, the four of us will make sure we realise our strategic priorities: staying close to our clients, innovating our client service delivery and strengthening our one-firm culture.”

Alongside the executive committee, the US firm’s management structure also includes an eight-member elected partnership committee, responsible for remuneration matters and the admission of new partners. Under the firm’s partnership agreement the chairman is obliged to take at least one elected partner onto the executive committee.

In the case of the new four-member board, all three of Verrier’s selections were elected onto the partnership committee.