New finance departure raises old question for Freshfields
Despite both being 400-plus partner law firms, there is something about senior transfers between old rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters that get feelings running high. And that goes double when the departures come from Freshfields’ banking practice, a team that seems perennially uneasy at Fleet Street. So news last week of Chris Howard’s departure for Linklaters’ finance team sparked familiar tensions, leaving Freshfields feeling bruised and baffled. One disgruntled partner comments: “Linklaters seems to view our partnership as fertile hunting ground…”
Linklaters’ hire of Chris Howard reopens debate over Freshfields’ banking ambitions
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