Cleary veteran moves to Linklaters to avoid retirement

March 8, 2018 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton rainmaker Roberto Casati has left the firm for a position at Linklaters.

In a significant senior move for the Italian market, Casati’s decision to leave Cleary Gottlieb, having started there in 2004 after leaving Allen & Overy, comes just before his 70th birthday.

Linklaters had to draft a waiver to its terms of partnership in order to allow Casati to be hired to the firm as a top equity partner. The extreme measures of the hire come with the expectation that Casati will stay with the City juggernaut for at least five years. Cleary Gottlieb on the other hand was unwilling to make an exception for its rule about retirement at 70.

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