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UK In-House Senior Legal Moves – May to July 2020

It has been an active quarter for senior in-house legal professionals within the financial services sector. Outlined below is a selection of the moves from May to July 2020.

Banking / Trading 

Karen Kuder has been appointed General Counsel of Deutsche Bank and Global Head of the Legal department, replacing Florian Drinhausen who announced his departure in April 2020. Karen reports to Stefan Simon, a designated Management Board member responsible for the Legal department, and relations with both government and regulatory authorities.

Karl Spielmann has been appointed Chief Legal Officer at Cboe Global Markets, from his role as Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at The Depositary Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), where he had worked for over ten years.

Christopher Mallon has been appointed Senior Advisor for Lazard Financial Advisory. Christopher a former Senior Restructuring Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, will provide strategic counsel to Lazard’s global restructuring practice and its clients.

Jonathan Stanley has been promoted from Legal to Counsel to Head of Investment Banking, Legal, UK at the Berenberg Bank.

Investment Management 

Kevin Wulwik has been appointed as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Eisler Capital. Kevin is ex Global Managing Director & Co-General Counsel at Tudor Investment Corporation.

Kasit Rochanakorn has joined Atomico as their first in-house counsel from his role as Private Equity Lawyer, Executive Director & Senior Counsel at Goldman Sachs.

Adam Porter joins Alchemy Partners LLP as General Counsel, from his role as Counsel in the private equity practice at Macfarlanes.

Andrew Tingle has been appointed General Counsel of Lodbrok Capital LLP, from his previous role as European General Counsel of Hayfin Capital Management LLP.

David Barton has been appointed General Counsel of Symmetry Investments, from his role as Senior Counsel at Rokos Capital. 

Tara Newberry has been appointed Assistant General Counsel, Head of Leal EMEA at Northern Trust Asset Management, from her role as Head of Legal, Corporate Counsel at PGIM.

Charlotte Dixon has been appointed the first London-based Associate General Counsel for I Squared Capital, from her role as Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Dylan McKenzie has been appointed Head of Legal for Curzon Advisers from his role as Corporate Partner for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) after more than fourteen years. 

Real Estate 

Sarah Birchley joins Quintain Limited as their General Counsel, from her role as Director in the real estate team of Gowling WLG.

Robert Bindless joins as the Head of Transactions and Legal at Aprirose Real Estate Investment, from his role as Senior Real Estate Lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Nicholas Maher joins Trimont Real Estate Advisors as managing Director, Legal and Compliance, from his role as Executive Director at the Mount Street Group.

Sarah Nelson Smith has been appointed the Global Head of Corporate and Commercial, Legal of, from her previous role at WeWork as former Regional General Counsel.

Leah Brown joins as Head of Legal for Trussle, from her role as Legal Advisor for the Kuwait Investment Office.

Consultancy / Retail 

Emily Foges has been appointed Lead Partner for Deloitte Legal Managed Services from her role as Chief Executive Officer for Luminance. Emily took on the leadership function in June, concluding a four-year stint as CEO of the artificial intelligence company.

Jeff Chang Associate Director left Osborne Clarke, to become the first General Counsel at the UKs insurance services provider Davies Group. 

Paul Barrett has been appointed the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Helios Towers, re-joining from his role as Director of Legal and Company Secretary at RAC Limited.


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Maame Eshun
Senior Associate, Head of EMEA In-House Legal, Danos Associates
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