Linklaters managing partner race narrows

September 23, 2015 The field of potential candidates to become managing partner of Linklaters has been narrowed to three remaining partners – banking chief Gideon Moore, dispute resolution head Michael Bennett and Asia managing partner Marc Harvey.

Previous potential candidates included Micahel Kent, Western Europe managing partner Pieter Riemer and co-head of operational intelligence Tom Shropshire, all of whom have been eliminated from the race.

Moore seems to be the strongest candidate left on the field. He has headed the global banking group at the firm since 2011. He was recently reappointed to the role, despite his ongoing candidacy for managing partner, suggesting to some that he may have a slight edge on the others left in the race.

Not far behind Moore, however, are Bennett and Harvey. Bennett became global dispute resolution head in 2014 and has been a top biller for the firm for many years already. His support internationally is strong, because he has spent time in New York, Hong Kong and London, in addition to Tokyo, where he trained at the firm.

Harvey became Asia managing partner in Hong Kong in 2014, clearing the way for Bennett to assume his former post as global dispute resolution head. He has strong support from the younger partners at the firm and is the youngest candidate for the post with 46 years of age. He is viewed as a top strategic mind at the firm and, being based in Hong Kong, his appointment would signal the importance of Asia for the firm.

The race for managing partner came to force after Simon Davies' early resignation. Davies resigned to join Lloyds Bank in a newly-created role as chief legal, people and strategy officer.

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