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Freshfields appoints a new managing partner for London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has appointed a new managing partner for London. London-based partner Claire Wills succeeds Julian Long in the role, and will serve a three-year term starting from February 2019.

Claire Wills became a partner at Freshfields in May 2001 and has built a successful cross-border practice, covering mergers and acquisitions, complex restructurings, joint ventures and governance projects. She was appointed co-head of the firm’s global financial institutions sector group in December 2014.

As London managing partner, Claire will play a key role in running and promoting the firm’s business in London, as well as continuing her client work.

Commenting on her appointment, Claire said: “I am honoured to be taking on this role at a time when the changing landscape means that our clients need us more than ever. Our team in London is exceptional and I am proud of the results we collectively deliver for our clients, working together with our colleagues from around the world.”

Edward Braham, senior partner at Freshfields, added: “Claire brings tremendous skills to her new leadership role and I look forward to working with her as she builds on the strengths of our London practice. I would also like to thank Julian Long for his outstanding work as London managing partner, while continuing to deliver great outcomes for clients.”


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About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms.  Our commitment, local and multi-national expertise and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most.