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Birketts hires Deutsche Bank’s Jonathan Agar as CEO

Alistair Lang to step down after nearly 12 years with the firm

12 March 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Top-100 UK law firm Birketts has appointed Jonathan Agar as its next CEO.

Based in London, Agar currently holds the position of COO of the corporate and investment banking change division at Deutsche Bank.

He succeeds Alistair Lang, who has been with the firm for nearly 12 years and was its first CEO from outside the legal profession.

“At the time of his appointment in September 2001, it was a bold move for a law firm to appoint a CEO from outside the profession,” said senior partner Nigel Farthing.

“That decision has paid off, as evidenced by the considerable growth in terms of headcount, turnover and reach.”

During Lang’s tenure, Birketts grew to four offices across East Anglia and from a turnover of £6m in 2001 to more than £28m today.

Agar, who takes on the role of CEO on 1 June 2013, is tasked with “building on the momentum achieved” under Lang’s leadership and “driving Birketts to the next level”.

Agar joined Deutsche Bank in London in August 2011 as COO of the corporate and investment banking change division. He also previously held investment management positions at Fidelity International and Schroders Investment Management.

His “track record in strategic organisation design and implementation” will be “key to navigating the firm through a dynamic and evolving industry landscape,” said Farthing.

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