Howard's way – Sullivan hire of Links finance star highlights growing threat from US firms
With a side-line as a screenplay writer and producer, it would have been ambitious but not beyond the realms of possibility that Chris Howard's next move would have seen him decamping to Hollywood. But the popular Linklaters finance partner – whose latest film Plastic is currently in post-production – has instead opted for a different set of glittering lights from the US – those of Sullivan & Cromwell. The hire has raised a few eyebrows, not least because it comes barely more than two years after Howard rejoined Linklaters from rival magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in late 2010 – a move that reunited him with former Freshfields partners David Ereira and Brian Gray, who joined Linklaters in 2007. And with Presley Warner the only other UK-qualified finance partner in Sullivan's City arm, it will present a very different challenge for Howard, who will be far removed from the comforts of an institutional client base, which for Linklaters includes banks such as Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC.
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