Linklaters appoints two new partners and three new counsels

Linklaters appoints two new partners and three new counsel strengthening its capabilities in Belgium

Linklaters has announced the election of 35 new partners drawn from 15 jurisdictions and 11 practice areas and 41 new counsel across 14 jurisdictions and 13 practice areas. The promotions take effect from 1 May 2021.

With women making up 40% of the new partner cohort, the firm has this year exceeded its previous global gender target of electing at least 30% new female partners.

Of the 41 counsel, 41% are women.

Linklaters is particularly thrilled to welcome Florence Danis (Dispute Resolution) and An‑Sofie Van Hootegem (Corporate M&A) in Brussels to the global partnership.

Florence has combined contentious, pre-contentious and transactional expertise and handles commercial, criminal, and regulatory matters across a wide range of dispute-related work, with a particular focus on collective redress.

She is an active member of the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee in Belgium and champions diversity across the office, with a focus on working mothers.

An-Sofie is an experienced M&A lawyer with a thorough expertise in Private Equity. She represents many national and international private equity houses throughout the various phases of the investment lifecycle. She also specialises in management incentive packages in the context of buy-outs. She advises national and international clients across a wide range of sectors with all aspects of their M&A transactions.

She is also regularly involved in community investment and social impact initiatives.

These appointments demonstrate Linklaters’ further investment in Belgium as a hub for international business and confirm our firm’s strategy to focus and strengthen our global across-the-board expertise. These latest additions also represent our versatility and our breadth of experience which are particularly needed to take up new challenges. We are confident that, together, our two new partners are particularly well equipped to assist our clients in these demanding times and come up with innovative solutions.

Charlie Jacobs, Senior Partner, Linklaters, said: “The diversity of talent we see in these promotions, including across practice and jurisdiction, is testament to the strength of our global network and to the firm’s ability to attract, retain and invest in leading individuals. We are confident that our newly elected partners will live the firm’s culture and values and continue to provide legal certainty in a changing world to our clients. These promotions acknowledge hard work, excellent legal skills, and service to our clients. I congratulate all those who have been promoted and wish them every success as they continue their career with us.”

Bernd Meyring, Managing Partner, Linklaters Belgium, said: “These appointments reflect our commitment to the further development of our private equity and dispute resolution capability in the EU and in Belgium to help our clients through these times of tremendous challenge and change.”

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