A pupil barrister is among the lawyers named as business leaders of the future in a power list compiled by LGBT professional network OUTstanding.
The list of 30 was topped by another lawyer, K&L Gates associate Aritha Wickramasinghe, who previously was chair of Clifford Chance’s LGBT network Arcus and has led a number of LGBT pro bono matters both at K&L Gates and Clifford Chance.
Pupil barrister Mohsin Zaidi of 6 KBW College Hill featured at number 26 on the list. Formerly an associate at Linklaters, he was appointed as the first general counsel of Pride in London in 2015, becoming the first lawyer on the board.
Slaughter and May associate Krishna Omkar was placed fifteenth, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton senior associate Jim Ho was 25th. Ho said: “I am deeply honoured to be named in the inaugural OUTstanding & Financial Times LGBT Future Business Leaders List. I hope that this list shows that being out is not an impediment to your career.”
Meanwhile, 11 lawyers featured on OUTstanding’s list of 100 leading LGBT executives – a drop from the 15 represented last year. The highest-placed lawyer was Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills’ global head of disputes and Asia/Australia managing partner, while Pinsent Masons senior partner David Isaac was two places behind in 29th.
Four lawyers made the list of 30 leading ‘ally’ executives, which was topped by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. They are King & Wood Mallesons’ European chief operating officer Rachel Reid, who placed tenth; Maria Leistner, the EMEA general counsel for Crédit Suisse (fourteenth); Nicola Rabson, Linklaters’ global head of employment & incentives (fifteenth); and Slaughter and May senior partner Chris Saul (23rd).
|Leading LGBT executives|
|27||Justin D’Agostino||Asia & Australia managing partner||Herbert Smith Freehills|
|29||David Isaac||Senior partner||Pinsent Masons|
|45||Daniel Winterfeldt||Head of international capital markets||CMS|
|47||Jim Ford||Co-chair of global life sciences||Allen & Overy|
|49||Matthew Flood||Global General Counsel||Ingeus|
|69||Narind Singh||Partner||Clifford Chance|
|71||Stacey Friedman||General Counsel||JPMorgan Chase & Co|
|72||Tim Ehinger||Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel||American Express|
|89||Jonathan Lawrence||Co-head of Islamic Finance||K&L Gates|
|90||Tim Hailes||Managing Director & Associate General Counsel||JP Morgan|
|100||Kyri Evagora||Chair of energy and natural resources||Reed Smith|
|Future Business Leaders|
|1||Aritha Wickramasinghe||Associate||K&L Gates|
|15||Krishna Omkar||Associate||Slaughter and May|
|25||Jim Ho||Senior Associate||Cleary Gottlieb|
|26||Mohsin Zaidi||Pupil||6 KBW College Hill|
|Leading ally executives|
|10||Rachel Reid||European chief operating officer||King & Wood Mallesons|
|14||Maria Leistner||General counsel, EMEA for Credit Suisse||Credit Suisse|
|15||Nicola Rabson||Global head of employment & incentives||Linklaters|
|23||Chris Saul||Senior partner||Slaughter and May|