Lianne Craig to step up as Managing Partner for Hausfeld in London while Anthony Maton becomes Global Co-Chair

London, 1st December 2021. Hausfeld today announced that, effective 1 January 2022, Head of Commercial Disputes, Lianne Craig, will become Managing Partner in London.

She takes the reins from current London Managing Partner and Vice Chair, Anthony Maton, who will be assuming the role of Global Co-Chair, together with Washington, DC Partner and Vice Chair Brian Ratner, as long-time Chair Michael Hausfeld will become Chair Emeritus. Partner John McElroy will take over from Lianne as Head of Commercial Disputes team in London.

London Managing Partner since Hausfeld’s inception, Anthony Maton has overseen extensive growth and success of Hausfeld in London and continued expansion across Europe. In Washington, DC, Brian Ratner has successfully led Hausfeld’s US and global business development efforts as the firm has expanded its practice areas and client base. Both are founding partners and have been Vice Chairs since 2019. They will work closely with Brent Landau, who will continue in his role as Global Managing Partner.

Lianne joined Hausfeld London in 2010, shortly after its launch. Under her leadership, Hausfeld’s commercial disputes team has grown considerably, not only in size but also in reputation. Lianne was recognised as ‘Individual of the Year for Dispute Resolution London’ by The Legal 500 in their UK awards 2020. In addition, she was recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100 2021.

Anthony Maton, said:

“I could not think of a better person to hand the baton to than Lianne. She has a deep understanding of our business, having played a key role over the last ten years in the development and growth of all our core practice areas of competition, commercial and environmental disputes. I wish her every success.” He added:

“From a personal standpoint, I am looking forward to fully stepping up into a global role and to working with the leadership team across all our offices to continue to cement our position as the market leader in litigating and resolving claimant focused disputes in Europe and the US.”

Lianne Craig, added:

“The shifts currently taking place in the way we live and work, present an unprecedented opportunity to find more ‘human’ ways to live our professional lives, access new markets and embrace legal innovations. It is within that dynamic and changing environment that firms such as Hausfeld really thrive. Anthony’s strong leadership and unwavering belief in what the team was capable of from Day 1 has been pivotal to our success in London and I couldn’t hope to have a better team to work with to build further upon that success.”

John McElroy is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer with extensive experience in dealing with complex and often high value commercial litigation and international arbitration matters. He has been integral to the growth of the Commercial Disputes team. He is an executive committee member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, as well as one of regular spokespersons.

This announcement expands on the global announcement of the firm’s implementation of its global leadership succession plan.

Also, the firm announced that Melinda Coolidge, in Washington, DC, has been promoted to US Managing Partner as part of Hausfeld’s leadership transition plan, which also saw executive appointments for operations and finance during the last three years. In addition, Washington, DC Partner Reena Gambhir, San Francisco Partner Megan Jones, and Berlin Partner Ann-Christin Richter will join the firm’s Global Management Group.

Notes to editors

  1. Hausfeld is a leading global disputes-only law firm with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Dusseldorf, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Stockholm and Washington, DC.
  2. We are a gender diverse firm with 35% female partners and over 40% female lawyers. We have an excellent track record of promoting women worldwide Together, the Global Management Group is 54% women and the vast majority of our senior business professionals are women.
  3. Lianne Craig and Melinda Coolidge will join the firm’s Global Executive Committee (GEC) along with Michael Hausfeld, Brent Landau, Brian Ratner, Anthony Maton and German Managing Partner, Alex Petrasincu.
  4. From 1st January 2022, the firm’s leadership includes the GEC and a Global Management Group comprised of the seven GEC members and other partners from across Hausfeld’s offices: Nicola Boyle and Scott Campbell from London, Reena Gambhir from Washington, DC, Megan Jones and Bonny Sweeney from San Francisco, and Ann-Christin Richter from Berlin.