World renowned law firm and professional services leader Tony Angel has joined the London office of DLA Piper as global co-chairman and senior partner.
He will work alongside current global chairman Francis Burch.
Earlier this year Angel was appointed as non-executive director at international law firm SJ Berwin LLP. He also previously served as executive managing director and head of EMEA at financial services company Standard & Poor’s, where he was a member of the global operating committee and helped guide the company through an intense period of scrutiny during the global recession. Prior to that he spent almost a decade at Linklaters LLP as firm-wide managing partner, gaining international recognition for his contributions to the firm in maximising its profitability.
In his new role, Angel will take on the responsibility of developing DLA Piper’s global strategy with a focus on improving financial performance and developing capability in key markets. He will be involved with recruitment and client development in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions as well as a member of the international boards and executive committee.
Francis Burch has said that Angel was an “architect behind one of the first modern, global law firms” and shares the strategic vision of DLA Piper. Adding to that, Sir Nigel Knowles, CEO of the firm said: “Tony is a unique talent and an exceptional leader. Very few leaders can match his first hand experience optimizing and managing resources around the globe, and we are excited to work with him as we continue to hone and execute the firm’s global strategy. He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive toward our vision to be the world’s leading global business law firm.”
Tony Angel commented: “It’s remarkable what DLA Piper has accomplished in such a short period of time. I look forward to building on my experiences and working closely with Frank, Nigel and Lee [Miller, CEO] in helping DLA Piper reach the next phase of its growth and evolution.”
DLA Piper’s global board is responsible for developing strategy and influencing the direction of the international firm.