19:09, July 12 119 0

2017-07-12 19:09:07
Ashurst trio elected to board in first major line-up shift since merger

Ashurst has appointed three new partners to its global board, revealing the first major line-up shift since the firm’s Australian merger.

London-based M&A partner Karen Davies, and a member of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2017, has been named as a new board member. She is the only City lawyer to be elected in this last appointments round.

Davies is joined by Sydney partners Barbara Phair and James Marshall, who specialise in tax and restructuring respectively. They replace Australian duo Jennie Mansfield and Roger Davies, as well as City partner Angela Pearson, whose three-year terms have now concluded.

The rotations mean there are still the same number of London partners on the board compared with Australian members, with City-based Jason Radford appointed at the end of last year. He was elected alongside partner Bernd Egbers – the only board member from Continental Europe.

The board changes mark the first major shift in personnel since the firm’s Australian merger at the end of 2013. The firm announced a new line-up post-merger, with appointments lasting for three years. Just four of the original 14 members still sit on the board – chairman Ben Tidswell, vice chairman Mary Padbury and two independent board members.

Managing partner James Collis and chief financial officer Brian Dunlop both stepped down from their roles last year, replaced by Paul Jenkins and Jan Gooze-Zijl respectively.

The board was reduced in size in 2015 from 14 members to 11. London is still represented more than any other jurisdiction on the board, closely followed by Australia.

Continental Europe used to have two representatives – Madrid partner Cristina Calvo and Frankfurt partner Reinhard Eyring – but now has just one member (Egbers). Calvo was the firm’s first female partner to make it onto the board in 2011.

The Asia regions are still not represented on the board and have not been since corporate partner Robert Ogilvy Watson returned to London from Hong Kong in 2015. He now leads the firm’s corporate practice. There are also no board members based in the US.