Charles Brooks, corporate partner at Penningtons Manches LLP, has been elected as the new chairman of Multilaw, one of the world’s largest associations of independent law firms with 8,000 lawyers in 79 member firms in 68 countries.
Currently a member of the Executive Council and the Finance Committee and chair of the Commission for the Future, Charles took over his two year role as chairman from Mark Lowndes of New Zealand firm, Lowndes Associates, at the Multilaw Annual Conference and AGM held in Buenos Aires, between 24 and 27 October 2013.
Charles specialises in advising on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, private equity, joint ventures, reorganisations and start-ups and has a particular interest in legal and business structures. He qualified as a French avocat à la cour at the Paris Bar in 1993 and set up and headed the Penningtons Paris office between 1989 and 1994.
Commenting on his appointment as Multilaw chairman, Charles said: “Following ten years as EMEA regional chair, I am honoured to have been elected by the Multilaw member firms to lead the association at this exciting point in its development. The association has expanded significantly over the last few years, recognising the need to service the international demands of clients. I look forward to continuing the development of Multilaw’s client service across the globe with a particular focus on quality.”
Penningtons Manches has played an active role in Multilaw since it was set up in 1990.