Key Themes

Short term, the ongoing global pandemic has impacted appetite to change legal leadership given a desire for stability in a key advisory role. While there have been General Counsel appointments made at Deutsche Bank, Philip Morris International, Spotify and Wells Fargo there have been fewer moves at the most senior level than in recent months.

However, there continues to be some movement within the market; within financial services the trend of legal leaders leaving established blue-chip organisations to join fintech continues with Robinhood and Libra Association making a number of senior legal appointments, as well as upgrading their compliance functions.

Law firms have continued their pre-COVID-19 strategy of moving away from being full service and have scaled back their lateral partner hiring accordingly.

Key Legal Moves: Q2 2020


  • Jonathan Lagan joins Aldermore as General Counsel from Balfour Beatty, where he was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.
  • Polly Weitzman joins CityFibre as Senior General Counsel from Ofcom, where she was General Counsel.
  • Karen Kuder becomes General Counsel for Deutsche Bank, where she was previously Chief Governance Officer. She succeeds Florian Drinhausen, who is stepping down.
  • Joanna Nayler joins IG Group as Chief Legal and Governance Officer from Just Group, where she was Group General Counsel.
  • Stuart Levey joins Libra Association as Chief Executive Officer from HSBC, where he was Chief Legal Officer.
  • Suzanne Rich Folsom joins Philip Morris International as General Counsel from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she was a Partner.


  • Kermitt Brooks joins Guardian Life as General Counsel from Equitable, where he was General Counsel.
  • Marco Santori joins Kraken Digital Asset Exchange as Chief Legal Officer from, where he was President and Chief Legal Officer.
  • Bob Werner joins Libra Association as General Counsel from GRH Consulting where he was founder and CEO, having previously held leadership positions at several top tier institutions, including HSBC where he was Head of Financial Crime.
  • Cinthia Nespoli becomes General Counsel for Pearson, where she was previously SVP, International, Legal and Corporate Affairs.
  • Dan Gallagher joins Robinhood as Chief Legal Officer from WilmerHale, where he was Deputy Chair, Securities Department.
  • Eve Konstan joins Spotify as General Counsel from WarnerMedia Entertainment, where she was General Counsel.
  • Robert Johnson joins USAA as General Counsel from Truist Financial Group, where he was General Counsel.
  • Ellen Patterson joins Wells Fargo as Group General Counsel from TD Bank, where she was Group General Counsel.


  • Jonathan Zhou joins Ant Financial as General Counsel from Fangda Partners, where he was Founding Partner.
  • Andrew Bogusz Grotowski joins Coinbase as Associate International General Counsel from Emergent Technology, where he was Head of Legal, APAC.
  • Sheree Tay joins EMQ as Senior Legal Counsel from Wowoo Exchange, where she was Head of Legal and Compliance.
  • Shella Ng joins Hong Kong Jockey Club as Executive Director, Legal and Compliance from OYO, where she worked to establish their legal framework in China. She succeeds Philana Poon, who has completed her contract.
  • Nisha Menon joins Radisson Hotel Group as General Counsel, Asia Pacific from Parkway Pantai, where she was Senior Legal Counsel.

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