Earlier in 2021, Linklaters marked a change in its international strategy by appointing its first ever joint banking heads to oversee the global practice. London-based head of global loans, Philip Spittal, and Madrid-based partner, Ben Crosse, both took up the leadserhip mantle for a four-year term.

So how has co-leading the department been so far? Here, Law.com International speaks to the co-heads on managing the department, leading in a pandemic, and their thoughts on the biggest changes impacting the banking industry.