The Golden child

Partners were told today that three candidates have put their names forward for the senior partner role (see story).
Alongside litigator Tim Parkes and competition specialist Jonathan Scott, a third name has emerged – Moscow head and M&A partner Allen Hanen.
As a US-qualified partner who joined the firm just 10 years ago, Hanen is a relative outsider.
But the expectation that the firm will want a partner hailing from the corporate practice at the helm after having had a litigator running things for several years may count in his favour.
Plus Herbert Smith Moscow won Best Overseas Office at The Lawyer’s inaugural European Awards last week in Barcelona, a sound endorsement of his abilities if ever there was one (see award winners).
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