Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson London managing partner Mark Mifsud is taking a six-month sabbatical – the second Europe-based managing partner to opt for such a career move recently.
Mifsud took up the role in 2017 after joining the firm in 2015. He is expected to return to the position in January 2023.
Until then, he will be replaced in the position by former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ashar Qureshi, who joined the firm in 2018.
The management reshuffle follows a heavyweight team departure from the office earlier in May, when Europe private equity head Dan Oates quit with two fellow partners to join Ropes & Gray’s London base.
The firm has drafted in a partner from the U.S. to help rebuild the London team and will look to grow its private equity team following the departures, a person with knowledge of the situation added.
Earlier on Thursday, top Netherlands firm De Brauw’s managing partner Marnix Leijten stepped down from the role and will undertake a sabbatical over the summer, before returning to the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice.
In a LinkedIn post, Leijten cited his need for “a break” after “many intense years of high engagement.”