Clifford Chance has extended the terms of its London corporate co-heads, as the firm’s newly appointed global managing partner settles into the role.
Melissa Fogarty and Nigel Wellings will remain as co-heads of the firm’s London corporate practice until further notice as their four-year term reaches an end. The pair began their four year tenure on July 1, 2018.
Fogarty, an experienced M&A practitioner, specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate and commercial advisory work. She has previously worked with clients including EasyJet, Citi bank and Barclays.
Private equity partner Wellings’ clients include Carrefour, Macquarie and the Carlyle group. He also previously spent five years at the Clifford Chance Dubai office before returning to London in 2015, according to his Linkedin profile. The slight administrative gap in establishing a new term comes following major changes in Clifford Chance’s senior management. In May, regional managing partner in Continental Europe, Charles Adams, took over from Matthew Layton as global managing partner following an election.
Several elite firms have refreshed their practice and group management teams in the past year.
Slaughter and May elected the next heads of its corporate and M&A practice earlier in 2022, while Linklaters undertook a raft of group leadership appointments in 2021, including appointing London partner Simon Branigan as global corporate head.