LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Linklaters announces that David Cheyne has been elected as the firm’s new senior partner, with effect from 1 October 2006, for a five-year term.
David Cheyne, 57, joined Linklaters in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. He is acknowledged as one of Europe’s leading M&A lawyers and was global head of the firm’s corporate department from 2000-2005. Significant transactions he has advised on include: BP’s acquisition of Amoco, Vodafone’s acquisition of AirTouch and Mannesmann, Billiton’s dual listed merger with BHP and Deutsche Post’s takeover of Exel.
David will succeed Anthony Cann, 58, who will retire from the firm at the end of September, on completion of his five-year term as senior partner and after 37 years with the firm. Upon his retirement, Anthony intends to build up a portfolio of positions as non-executive director or equivalent roles in a public body or charity.
Anthony Cann said:
“I am delighted by David Cheyne’s election as Linklaters’ next senior partner. During my senior partnership the firm has progressed enormously, particularly with integration following our mergers in Europe, a revised governance suitable for a global firm and a strategy for market leadership which is delivering great success.
“David has played a key part in the firm’s affairs and is ideally placed to take the firm forward. I am grateful for all the support I have had from him and everyone else in the firm over the years and I wish David and the firm every success in the future.”
David Cheyne said:
“I feel honoured to have been elected to succeed Anthony Cann, under whose senior partnership we have consolidated our market-leading reputation for advising on the most challenging and innovative deals worldwide.
“We make no secret of our aim to be the world’s leading law firm and I relish the prospect of leading Linklaters closer towards this goal. We will do this by ensuring that our people are cohesive and motivated, to enable us to consistently deliver the highest quality legal advice and service to our clients throughout the world.”