Rich Youle, the highly regarded head of private equity at Skadden, has assumed the role of head of Skadden’s London office, succeeding Pranav Trivedi.
Youle has worked on some of the largest transactions the London office has handled, but in an interview with The Times, he indicated that he had always wanted to be a fireman.
The law called, however, and Youle has become one of the City’s most respected lawyers.
Effective from July 1, Youle, who also serves as global co-head of the firm’s private equity group alongside Ken Wolff in New York, will lead the London office.
Youle joined Skadden in 2017 from White & Case, garnering significant attention.
Why a Lawyer?
In the Times article he was asked what advice he would offer to anyone considering a legal career.
“It’s hard work, but being a lawyer can be a fantastic career and grounding for other careers/opportunities. If you stop enjoying it though, pack it in and do something or go somewhere else. I still really enjoy doing deals.”
Trivedi has been an integral part of Skadden for three decades and has demonstrated strategic and effective leadership during his ten-year tenure as head of the London office, receiving recognition for his accomplishments.
Expressing his gratitude for the appointment, Youle stated, “I am honored to succeed Pranav, who has displayed exceptional leadership during his time in this position. As Skadden celebrates its 75th anniversary and 35 years in London, while also establishing a new presence in the City, it is an exciting opportunity to reflect on our growth. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with our talented team to build upon our successes.”
Trivedi added, “Leading the London office for the past ten years has been an immense pleasure. I take pride in the substantial growth the office has achieved, solidifying its position as a cornerstone of the firm’s global network. Rich’s remarkable leadership skills, business acumen, and deep market understanding will undoubtedly continue to propel our success.”
Eric Friedman, the executive partner, said in a statement regarding the leadership change: “Pranav has exhibited unwavering dedication in his service to the London office, leaving it in a position of strength. Rich embodies our fundamental values and has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for clients, in addition to his exemplary leadership abilities. I have full confidence that we are in capable hands as he leads the London office into the next phase.”