Elections have been the theme of the final week, with two companies kicking off important contests.
First, DLA Piper, the place it at the moment appears like Simon Levine gained’t have a lot of a battle on his fingers to be returned as managing associate. Nominations for candidates shut as we speak, and except one in every of DLA’s big-shots is pulling the outdated ‘one-minute-to-midnight’ stunt beloved by coaching contract candidates and college students writing their dissertations, it appears like Levine can be re-elected unopposed.
Whether or not that’s an excellent factor or not moderately will depend on your perspective. As Gabriella Kane writes, whereas Levine is usually pegged as an excellent bloke, the actual fact stays that it is a political agency the place unsuccessful candidates don’t final lengthy after mounting a problem. Moderately offputting for pretenders to the throne.
DLA companions wanting over from the Continent could also be among the many least gruntled. They covet better affect but it surely doesn’t appear to be forthcoming. Key administration figures throughout Europe have been sidling out the door in current months. Assuming Levine will get 4 extra years, he’ll need to control his European colleagues simply as a lot as his American ones.
Clifford Likelihood’s senior associate elections are fascinating another way, with a number of candidates within the working – although not former litigation head Jeremy Sandelson, who has declined to face. Clifford Likelihood’s eventual selection will ship a giant message about its future path.
Electing dealmaker extraordinaire Katherine Coates would after all be symbolic – she could be the agency’s first ever feminine chief. However equally, plumping for Paris-based Yves Wehrli or Amsterdam managing associate Jeroen Ouwehand would appear to say one thing about CC’s international place in a post-Brexit world.
Alternatively, CC’s companions might go for a white finance lawyer named David, of which they’ve a large number to select from. Nicely, two, anyway: ex-London chief Bickerton and the capital markets group’s Dunnigan. This would definitely ship a message in its personal approach – much less on the white male Davidness facet of issues however extra as a result of the senior associate position at CC has usually gone to a finance lawyer, whereas a company obtained the managing associate gig. Giving DB or DD the job would protect the company/finance stability that has been maintained for thus lengthy.
Additionally within the information this week: magic circle veterans and their new roles. Slaughters’ Nigel Boardman will chair the agency’s Africa group after stepping down from the partnership subsequent spring, whereas Freshfields and Allen & Overy alumni are among the many new crop of Excessive Court docket judges.