Linklaters election front runners emerge
Linklaters have come to light. There is no concrete date for voting, but it is possible voting may begin in February of next year for managing partner. That would be quite early considering the managing partner role will be confirmed on 30 December 2016. The senior partner role will be confirmed on 30 September 2016. The senior partner election typically is held in April
A front runner for senior partner is Marc Harvey, current Asia managing partner and commercial litigator. Harvey has been Asia managing partner since February 2014. If he stands for election as senior partner, he would have to relinquish his duty therein two years before his term ends.
Harvey may face stiff competition from corporate heavyweight Charlie Jacobs, who is viewed as the favorite for the position. He has been with the firm since 1990 and practices in the firm's traditional core practice, corporate and M&A.
A front runner for managing partner is Michael Kent, the global head of Linklaters' financial regulation group. Kent's practice area is viewed as a strength, because it is viewed as neutral compared to the banking or corporate practices. He was made global head of financial markets in 2007.
Another candidate expected to face Kent is Matthew Middleditch. Based in Hong Kong, Middleditch has been with the firm since 1980. He is currently head of corporate and moved to Hong Kong one year ago.
Current managing partner Simon Davies may not stand for a third term. His re-election for his second term was not without controversy, leading many to believe he would not stand again. Current senior partner Robert Elliot was first elected to his role in May 2011.