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Six candidates in the running in A&O’s leadership contest

The race to become the next leaders of Allen & Overy (A&O) has kicked off, with six candidates throwing their hats in the ring for the senior and managing partner roles. Wim Dejonghe will battle the firm’s current co-head of global banking Philip Bowden for the senior partner spot; Bowden has spent over twenty years […]

HSF names new CEO as Rigotti stands down

Herbert Smith Freehills has become the latest global firm to appoint a Hong Kong-based leader, after incumbent CEO Mark Rigotti announced he would not be seeking reappointment this year. The firm has announced that Justin D’Agostino will be its next CEO, after the partnership approved his appointment in a vote. He will take over from […]

Andrew Ballheimer, Allen & Overy

A&O set for leadership election as Ballheimer quits

Allen & Overy’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer is to step down from the position when his current term comes to an end next year. Ballheimer was appointed to the management role in May 2016 after a stint as the firm’s global co-head of corporate from 2010 to 2016, also acting as head of City […]

Miguel Zaldivar

HogLov Asia chief clears penultimate hurdle in bid to succeed Immelt as CEO

Hogan Lovells is set to appoint its Asia Pacific and Middle East head as its new chief executive officer when current leader Steve Immelt ends his six year tenure. Miguel Zaldivar has received the seal of approval from the firm’s board and will now await a partners’ confirmation vote in December. Zaldivar is based in […]

Penelope Warne

Warne to stand again as CMS gears up for senior partner elections

The senior partner of CMS’s UK LLP (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang) is looking to stand for a second term in her leadership role, The Lawyer has learned, as the merged firm gears up for its next round of elections in April 2020. Penelope Warne, who heads the energy practice and chairs the firm’s board, […]

Photo: We know all too well that the lateral hiring process doesn’t end once a new partner joins' says Alex Chadwick of Baker McKenzie

Bakers re-elects Chadwick for second term as London head

Baker McKenzie’s Alex Chadwick has secured the role of London managing partner for a second term. The reappointment follows a contested election, which saw Chadwick run against antitrust and competition partner Samantha Mobley. Earlier this year, Mobley took up a position on the management committee of Bakers’ London office, having previously headed the firm’s EU, […]

Andy Stylianou

Gowling WLG’s City corporate chief anointed as new firm chair

Gowling WLG’s corporate head in London has been appointed as the firm’s chair of the UK LLP. Andy Stylianou will replace Andrew Witts next May, who will return to his fraud and asset recovery practice. Witts was re-elected to the role for a new term in May 2016 just following the merger of Wragge Lawrence […]

doug gibson

Covington elects Washington DC partner as firm chair

Covington & Burling has elected a new chair of the firm, appointing Doug Gibson from Washington DC to lead for the next four years. Gibson, a corporate partner with a specialisation in representing sports clients, has been at Covington his whole career. He started out as a summer associate at the firm in 1989, was […]


HSF to kickstart selection process for CEO role

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) chief executive officer Mark Rigotti has announced internally that he will not seek to be reappointed next year, The Lawyer understands. The CEO is understood to have notified the firm’s leadership council that he won’t put himself forward for another term, meaning the firm will have to select a new leader […]

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