Leadership news

Jan Dernestam

Longstanding Mannheimer MP to stand down in 2026

Mannheimer Swartling has begun the process of naming a new managing partner for the first time in 13 years, as its long-time leader prepares to step aside in 2026. Jan Dernestam has made clear his desire to stand down when his current term ends in April of that year. The Lawyer understands the firm’s election committee […]

Kim Koopersmith

Akin opts for NyLon leadership as Koopersmith steps down

The longstanding chair of Akin, Kim Koopersmith, is standing down and will be replaced next year by a new transatlantic team featuring senior partners in New York and London. Koopersmith has led Akin as chair since 2013. During that time, Akin’s revenue has grown by 77 per cent to $1.37bn in 2023 while average profit […]

Shane Gleghorn

Taylor Wessing’s UK boss wins third term in charge

Taylor Wessing’s UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn has been re-elected for a third term, meaning he will remain at the helm of the firm until 2027. Gleghorn is understood to have run unopposed in the election process, with his third term starting in October. He first took up the post of UK managing partner in […]

All change at McDermott: Corporate duo take the reins in London

Having returned to the legal market after seven years in retirement, Graham White has been named as senior partner of McDermott Will & Emery’s London office, along with a new managing partner. Private equity lawyer White, who joined McDermott this year after leaving Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in 2017, has taken on the […]

A&O banking partner to lead UK operations post-merger

Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have unveiled two additional leadership roles ahead of their merger tomorrow. Denise Gibson, A&O’s leveraged finance co-head, becomes the managing partner for the UK business. A&O’s Dave Lewis meanwhile has been named as co-managing partner of the US along with Shearman’s Doreen Lilienfeld. Shearman’s senior partner Adam Hakki […]

Penelope Warne

CMS’s outgoing senior partner to join World Bank

CMS senior partner Penelope Warne has revealed her next steps ahead of her departure from the firm at the end of the month. After 10 years at the helm, Warne is spearheading a project that she founded at the World Bank, via her own company, which promotes the rule of law and access to justice, […]

Milan Italy

Gianni becomes latest Italian firm to overhaul management structure

Gianni & Origoni partners have voted in favour of making wholesale changes to the firm’s management and remuneration structures as a wave of modernisation continues to wash across the Italian legal sector. The changes will see a new management committee established, as well as both expanding the number and diversifying the members of the firm’s […]

Khalid Garousha, Allen & Overy

A&O Shearman: New leaders announced

Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling have elected new leadership for the firm, ahead of the merger’s completion in May. A&O’s Khalid Garousha, who has been serving as managing partner since Gareth Price’s exit last summer, has been voted in as senior partner. He was formerly its regional head of the Middle East and […]


Linklaters’ managing partner: “Lockstep is not an issue anymore”

Linklaters’ global managing partner Paul Lewis has reiterated his firm’s desire to grow significantly in the US and hinted there is now no ceiling to the level it is prepared to pay for lateral hires. Lewis’s comments, which are likely to have recruitment consultants salivating on both sides of the Atlantic, appear in this month’s […]

DLA Piper elects new managing partner

Corporate partner Charles Severs has been elected DLA Piper’s next managing partner. Severs joined the firm in 2003 from Herbert Smith Freehills and has since taken on positions including head of corporate and managing director for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. His appointment will be effective on 1 January 2025. Severs will take over […]

Dentons launches search for new boss as global CEO announces departure

Dentons is to hire a search consultancy to find a replacement for global CEO Elliott Portnoy, who this week announced his intention to stand down in November 2024. Speaking to The Lawyer, Portnoy said: ‘I don’t think the CEO has to be a lawyer, but a professional services experience is essential – and experience of […]