‘He's not a Brit and he's not from Yorkshire’ - why Juan Picon got the nod as DLA Piper co-chair

How Picon won the confidence of the DLA partnership and the challenges he faces as he takes up the role

“He is Spanish, he has a strong European practice, he works out of America too; he ticks a lot of boxes,” one former partner says of Juan Picon, DLA Piper’s newly appointed senior partner and global co-chair.

Picon was appointed as the co-chairman and senior partner of DLA Piper’s international arm earlier this month following Sir Nigel Knowles surprise announcement that he is to step down. He was appointed to the role without a leadership contest after the only other candidate pulled out at the 11th hour.

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