Salans Appoints New Office Managing Partner for London

16 Jan, 2012

Salans has announced the appointment of Smeetesh Kakkad to the role of London Office Managing Partner, effective from 1st January 2012.


Kakkad joined Salans in 2000, and became a partner in 2005. He practises in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Group and specialises in general commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular emphasis on contract claims, joint ventures, shareholder and partnership disputes, international trade, IP/IT and civil fraud. He has acted in many complex disputes and much of his workload has an international focus, particularly involving Russia and Central & Eastern Europe.


Kakkad will continue to undertake disputes work alongside his Office Managing Partner responsibilities, and among other cases he is currently representing Chris Hutcheson and other members of the Hutcheson family in their ongoing litigation with Gordon Ramsay.


Kakkad replaces Howard Cohen as London Office Managing Partner. After six years in that role, Cohen will now return into full time practice as a partner in the London Banking Group.   His role will include leading  the London Consumer Finance Group as well as focusing on the automotive sector, an industry in which he has many years’ experience.


Kakkad commented, “I am delighted to have been elected to this position. The growth and development of the Salans London Office is vitally important for the continuing success of the firm, and I very much look forward to working with my fellow partners to build our London business. Salans is known for delivering practical and prompt advice, and maintaining first class standards of client service will remain our key priority.”


Cohen added, “I am very pleased for Smeetesh and look forward to working with him to cement our position as the law firm of choice for clients based in, or keen to invest in, the emerging markets. As London Office Managing Partner, he will play an integral role in ensuring we deliver the strategic vision of the office, and it is good to pass the baton on to such capable hands.”



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