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KWM to hold elections as Europe managing partner Boss stands down after less than a year

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is to hold managing partner elections for its European practice as William Boss has resigned after less than a year in the post.

In a statement Boss, who will officially step down from his role at the end of April, said he was leaving to to concentrate on his real estate practice full time. The practice includes clients such as Marks & Spencer, The Crown Estate and Battersea Power Station.

Boss replaced M&A partner Rob Day who stood down in May 2015 after two terms, or six years in the managing partner role but stayed on at the firm.

One of the first projects under Boss’ term included a change to the partnership deed of the Europe and Middle East verein to incorporate aspects of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ deed in Australia which made it easier to manage out underperforming partners. 

In a statement, KWM European practice senior partner Stephen Kon said: ‘Our client relationships are fundamental to the success of our firm. In his management role, William has made a tremendous contribution to the development of our practice in Europe and the Middle East and his return to full time practice will allow him to focus on delivering first class client service to some of the firm’s key clients.’

To read more about the firm see: Sum of its parts: can King & Wood Mallesons match the hype?