Two New Sector Heads

14 May 2012

Simmons & Simmons Appoints Two New Sector Heads


Simmons & Simmons has appointed Corporate partner Colin Leaver to lead its newly established Asset Management & Investment Funds Sector.

Asset management clients were previously part of the firm’s Financial Institutions Sector, and the new sector was established in order to give these clients a greater focus. The new sector will focus on five sub-sectors: hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate & infrastructure funds, institutional managers and sovereign wealth funds & other lead investors.

In theTelecoms, Media & Technology (TMT) Sector, Corporate partner Andrew McMillan has been appointed as the new Head. The TMT Sector Head role was previously held by partner Tom Wheadon, who will continue to focus full time on fee earning work.

Simmons & Simmons Managing Partner Jeremy Hoyland, said: ‘‘I would like to thank Tom for his leadership of the TMT Sector, and I look forward to working with Colin and Andrew in their new roles leading their sectors.’’

‘‘Our sector strategy lies at the heart of our business. By focusing on a small number of key sectors, our lawyers better demonstrate their understanding of our clients and can tailor our services to anticipate their specific needs,’’ he added.

The appointments are effective from 01 May 2012.


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