It was announced today that King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has elected Frankfurt partner Michael Cziesla as its new EUME Senior Partner. Michael takes up the position with immediate effect and for a term of three years.
Michael is a leading Corporate lawyer, specialising in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border M&A, secondaries, leveraged buyouts, divestments, joint ventures and restructurings. He advises both German and international clients across a range of sectors with an emphasis on regulated industries. Michael is a long-standing Corporate partner of the firm and has worked across all of the firm’s EUME offices, including a six month secondment to the London office. Michael joined in the firm in 2003 and is currently the Managing Partner for KWM Germany.
Commenting on his appointment Michael said, “I care deeply about KWM and am honoured to have been elected EUME Senior Partner. I look forward to leading the region together with Tim Bednall, our new Managing Partner, as we work with our partners and wonderful staff to realise the enormous, untapped potential of this great firm. The opportunity to help drive our firm forward as a challenger, top-tier law firm is one that I relish, and I am grateful for the trust my partners have shown in me.”
Stephen Kon, outgoing EUME Senior Partner, added, "On behalf of the EUME partnership, I congratulate Michael on his appointment as our new Senior Partner. As a long-standing Corporate partner of the firm, he brings a great blend of experience and commitment which the role demands. He is highly-respected and well liked and I believe he will make an outstanding Senior Partner. On a personal note, passing the Senior Partner baton for the first time to a non-London based partner is further testament to our continental European and Middle East practice being at the core of so much of what we are about as a region.”
He continued, “I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all my partners, to pay tribute to Tim Taylor who also stood for election. Tim is a veteran of our firm and makes an extraordinary contribution, he is due our thanks and appreciation for that and for stepping forward as a candidate. Both Michael and Tim, and indeed all the candidates who have stood for election over the past month, are passionately committed to our firm and approached their candidacy with the very best interests of the firm at heart.”
Tim Bednall, EUME Managing Partner, commented, "Michael will make a wonderful Senior Partner and I am very much looking forward to working with him and our partners to drive the firm forward in the region. He is level headed and collegiate by nature, and has a reputation for clear-thinking and integrity. I am confident we will work well together and, as a team, will lead the region to achieve the kind of success we are striving for."