In a case where Aedamar Comiskey, Linklater’s famous corporate leader, got lucky for the second time, the M&A heavy hitter was elected Senior Partner on July 1 to succeed Charlie Jacobs.
Long considered one of the most influential corporate partners on the Square Mile, Comiskey was particularly popular among the candidates, which included London corporate partner Sarah Wiggins and Milan-based Western European managing partner Claudia Parzani. London partner and US global trainer Tom Shropshire was also early on but left the company in February to take on the positions of GC and company secretary at Diageo. This is the second time that Comiskey has taken part in the coveted senior partner race. She lost to Jacobs back in 2016, but was soon named Head of Corporate to replace veteran dealmaker Matthew Middleditch.
For his part, Jacobs followed a similar path into management, becoming a senior partner and chairman to become one of the city’s best-known M&A lawyers.
In February it emerged that Jacobs would take the less traveled route for outgoing law firm leaders and secure the role of Co-Head of Investment Banking at JP Morgan.
For Comiskey, taking on the role for a five-year term is the next step in an outstanding career in which she has established herself as a key business generator and as Linklaters’ relationship partner for key clients such as Aviva and HSBC.
She also makes history as Linklaters’ first senior partner. The company succeeds Magic Circle colleague Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, who elected Georgia Dawson, head of Asian disputes, as its first senior partner last September.
Jacobs said: “I’ve known Aedamar for her entire career at Linklaters. I really admire their customer focus, strategic thinking and leadership skills, not to mention their energy and passion for our people, culture and communities. I know she will lead the company with confidence and distinction, and I will be very interested in the direction in which she leads the company during her tenure. ‘
Comiskey said, “I am very proud to have been chosen as the company’s first Senior Partner. It’s an honor and a privilege. Thank you to my colleagues for their trust in me – I intend to implement the vision set out in my manifesto.
‘I want Linklaters to stand out as a law firm with the best minds in the industry with really different backgrounds and different perspectives to help solve the complex challenges companies and society are facing today. And when we start out of lockdown, we will focus on nurturing the drive, ambition and creativity of our high-performing teams around the world to deliver outstanding results to our world-class customers.
‘I would like to thank Charlie for his tremendous contribution, energy and strong leadership as a Senior Partner over the past five years and wish him all the best in his future role at JP Morgan. I would also like to thank my two long-term colleagues and friends – Claudia and Sarah – who both carried out an excellent campaign. ‘
Comiskey joined Linklaters 29 years ago as a trainee in London and was elected partner in 2001. In addition to her leadership positions on the company’s partnership board and executive committee, she has continued to lead high-profile transformation businesses in recent years, including advising G4S on the successful outcome of its high-profile, controversial takeover.