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Linklaters leadership shuffle: Senior partner candidate Comiskey made corporate head

Less than two months after missing out on the coveted senior partner role at Linklaters, Aedamar Comiskey has been made global head of the Magic Circle firm’s corporate division.

Comiskey (pictured) attracted broad support for the senior partner role but eventually missed out to frontrunner Charlie Jacobs in a partnership vote in May. The race was between three corporate partners, with Antwerp-based Jean-Pierre Blumberg also standing.

She succeeds Matthew Middleditch as global corporate head, a role the veteran deal maker assumed in 2014 ahead of Jeremy Parr’s retirement to take up the role of general counsel at Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong. The change in roles sees the global head of corporate role return to London, with Middleditch based in Hong Kong.

Comiskey had sat on the firm’s partnership election committee for four years and had a three-year stint as co-head of Linklaters’ retail sector group. She is a non-executive director at FTSE oil and gas company James Fisher and Sons.

Middleditch, who has been a partner at Linklaters for over 25 years, has been handed the newly created role of global corporate chairman, a position that will allow him to take a more ambassadorial role.

Linklaters managing partner Gideon Moore said: ‘With their extensive cross-border expertise, deep sector-based knowledge and commitment to supporting our clients with their most complex and critical matters, Matthew and Aedamar bring tremendous experience to these roles. Matthew’s newly created role recognises his standing in the market and the firm, as well as his deal record and the key client relationships that he will maintain. Aedamar’s significant leadership skills and experience make her ideally placed to help build on the progress the team has made under Matthew.’