Linklaters female lawyers feature in Legal Business

This is an abridged article featured in Legal Business. A more in depth article about women in M&A and also Finance can be found here.

Additional recognition is given to our Partners Claudia Parzani, Nathalie Hobbs, Tracey Lochhead and in the area of Finance, Rebecca Jarvis and Annette Kurdian.

This month's Legal Business magazine includes a lead article and analysis story featuring female Linklaters lawyers discussing their experience of being a women in the legal sector. Below, Aedamar Comiskey and Jessamy Gallagher, as part of a wider article about female lawyers in Corporate M&A, speak about their experiences.

Female Heavyweights

Linklaters’ Head of Corporate Aedamar Comiskey stands as one of the few female heavyweights in public M&A. The former senior partner contender has established herself as a substantial business generator, acting as Linklaters’ relationship partner for key clients including Aviva and HSBC. With many of her clients selling businesses of late, she recently worked on John Wood Group’s £2.2bn takeover of Amec Foster Wheeler and Visa Europe’s €21.2bn sale to Visa.

‘She’s so dynamic and successful.’

‘She is technically very strong and does a good job of balancing the transactional side and the management stuff,’ notes Ashurst’s Karen Davies, one of more than a dozen peers to laud the Linklaters veteran. Despite fielding the full portfolio of skills, Comiskey wears her status lightly. ‘Aedamar is so successful and dynamic and has balanced her roles with her family life for many years,’ says senior partner Charlie Jacobs. ‘A great role model.’

In a firm with a strong roster of female partners, arguably the other standout M&A name is Jessamy Gallagher, who co-heads the firm’s infrastructure group. Major work includes in 2017 advising National Grid on the sale of a majority stake in its £13.8bn UK gas pipe network. Says Jacobs: ‘She is a real force and the sky is the limit.’ Also cited is Tracey Lochhead, who has acted on substantive matters for Glencore, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Investec and Absa Group, not to mention developing Linklaters’ relationship with sponsor Cerberus.

'Significant player'

While no single article could reflect every outstanding female partner in an area as broad as corporate, there are a host of well-regarded individuals to have emerged across 60 interviews conducted for this article. Among them are Clifford Chance (CC)’s consumer goods head, Sarah Jones, who now works primarily out of New York. In London, young partners Melissa Fogarty and Katherine Moir have already built strong reputations, with Moir in January leading for Informa on its £3.9bn bid for UBM. Says one CC veteran of the pair: ‘Complete superstars… truly terrific.’ Of the established lawyers at Allen & Overy, Gillian Holgate is the standout while Annabelle Croker is the one to watch among its young partners. Having only made partner in 2015, Croker was cited by The Legal 500 the following year and is noted for bolstering links with clients like Morgan Stanley. The career of Linklaters Corporate Partner Sarah Wiggins is distinguished by advising a string of core clients as well as heading Linklaters’ London corporate practice and membership of its executive board.

About the lawyers featured in this article

Aedamar Comiskey: Aedamar is the Global Head of Corporate at Linklaters, with responsibility for managing the firm’s corporate practice. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, the management body of the firm globally. Aedamar is also an experienced Projects lawyer.

Jessamy Gallagher: Jessamy is a senior corporate partner with a leading reputation for her expertise in international public and private M&A and joint ventures as well as corporate governance. She leads the firm’s Infrastructure Sector and has an outstanding market reputation for transactions in that market.

Sarah Wiggins: Sarah is the firm’s global head of clients and sectors and a member of the senior management Executive Board. She became the firm’s first female partner to take up the role as head of the London corporate practice.