Some joy for UK partnership as Hogan Lovells board backs City-based litigation chief as deputy CEO

Some joy for UK partnership as Hogan Lovells board backs City-based litigation chief as deputy CEO

While missing out on the firm’s top management role, Hogan Lovells’ London office is all but certain to see one of its most prominent partners appointed as deputy leader for the second time in a row.

Two weeks after the board recommended him as the firm’s next chief executive, Asia Pacific head Miguel Zaldivar nominated today (12 December) litigation head Michael Davison (pictured)  as his proposed deputy from July 2020. Both nominations are subject to a confirmatory vote by the partnership later this month. Continue reading “Some joy for UK partnership as Hogan Lovells board backs City-based litigation chief as deputy CEO”

Dejonghe to stand again as A&O senior partner as six leadership hopefuls revealed

Dejonghe to stand again as A&O senior partner as six leadership hopefuls revealed

As voters head to the polls on UK general election day, Allen & Overy (A&O) has confirmed the names of six partners who will vie for leadership in its own election in February.

Senior partner Wim Dejonghe (pictured) is standing for a second term and will be up against Philip Bowden, the City giant’s well-regarded banking co-head. Continue reading “Dejonghe to stand again as A&O senior partner as six leadership hopefuls revealed”

Charismatic and strategic: HSF names Asia managing partner and disputes leader D’Agostino as CEO

Charismatic and strategic: HSF names Asia managing partner and disputes leader D’Agostino as CEO

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed senior litigation hand and managing partner for Asia Justin D’Agostino (pictured) as its new chief executive officer (CEO), following Mark Rigotti’s decision to stand down from the role in spring of next year.

D’Agostino, 47, also spearheads the firm’s global disputes practice and US regions. Unlike the London-based Rigotti, D’Agostino will retain his home base in Asia during his tenure where he manages some of the firm’s largest clients. Continue reading “Charismatic and strategic: HSF names Asia managing partner and disputes leader D’Agostino as CEO”

Comment: Miguel who? New Hogan Lovells chief is going to be a hard sell in Europe

Comment: Miguel who? New Hogan Lovells chief is going to be a hard sell in Europe

Canvassing ex-partners a few days after Hogan Lovells’ board recommended Miguel Zaldivar (pictured) as the firm’s next chief executive, Legal Business was in the awkward position of having to spell his surname. Even several current City partners admitted to having never met him.

Yet the Hong Kong-based, Venezuelan energy and infrastructure specialist who spent most of his career in the firm’s Miami arm is all but certain to succeed Steve Immelt at the helm of the firm next July, following a rubber-stamping vote by the partnership later this month. Continue reading “Comment: Miguel who? New Hogan Lovells chief is going to be a hard sell in Europe”

Ballheimer announces surprise retirement as A&O leadership race heats up

Ballheimer announces surprise retirement as A&O leadership race heats up

As the Allen & Overy (A&O) leadership elections heat up, managing partner Andrew Ballheimer has announced his retirement from the firm at the end of his current term on 30 April 2020.

The surprise move comes in the month the City giant is to announce the list of contenders for senior partner and managing partner and follows an eventful couple of years dominated by the marathon merger bid with O’Melveny & Myers, which was abandoned in the autumn. Continue reading “Ballheimer announces surprise retirement as A&O leadership race heats up”

Legacy Lovells misses out again as board recommends yet another legacy Hogan & Hartson CEO

Legacy Lovells misses out again as board recommends yet another legacy Hogan & Hartson CEO

The Hogan Lovells board has once again chosen a legacy Hogan & Hartson partner to be its next chief executive. Miguel Zaldivar is currently the regional chief executive for Asia Pacific-Middle East, based in Hong Kong, and will replace the current CEO, Steve Immelt, on a four-year term from 1 July 2020.

Although Zaldivar’s recommendation is subject to a constitutional formality vote, according to one former partner, no-one is anticipating that the partnership will vote the board’s decision down. Continue reading “Legacy Lovells misses out again as board recommends yet another legacy Hogan & Hartson CEO”

New solicitor code ushers in tougher duties on profession and moves to boost freelance lawyers

New solicitor code ushers in tougher duties on profession and moves to boost freelance lawyers

A profession having to get used to increasingly robust regulatory oversight will have more on its plate from this week with the launch of the new rulebook from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The new Standards and Regulations (STaRs) came into force on Monday (25 September), ushering in new reporting obligations on solicitors and much-trailed rules designed to make it easier for lawyers to practise individually.

The new code of conduct, which also cuts the core principles from ten to seven, is seen as a further step towards more robust regulation, with the shifting of the SRA’s remit to ‘promote a culture where ethical values and behaviours are embedded,’ according to its enforcement strategy. Continue reading “New solicitor code ushers in tougher duties on profession and moves to boost freelance lawyers”

Chadwick gets second term as Bakers’ London head after winning contested election

Chadwick gets second term as Bakers’ London head after winning contested election

Baker McKenzie tax partner Alex Chadwick (pictured) will lead the firm’s City office until the end of 2022 after seeing off competition from antitrust partner Samantha Mobley.

The firm announced today (19 November) the election of Chadwick for a second three-year term at the helm of the firm’s 500-strong London base, following a contested vote last night. Continue reading “Chadwick gets second term as Bakers’ London head after winning contested election”

Gowling WLG appoints corporate partner UK chair as Witts steps down

Gowling WLG appoints corporate partner UK chair as Witts steps down

Gowling WLG has elected a corporate partner chair of its UK LLP, with incumbent Andrew Witts standing down after more than eight years and multiple mergers.

M&A and private equity partner Andy Stylianou (pictured) will become the firm’s chair from May 2020 on a four-year term, the firm said today (12 November). He was already chair of Gowling’s UK partnership’s representative council and a founding member of its diversity forum. Continue reading “Gowling WLG appoints corporate partner UK chair as Witts steps down”