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Freshfields appoints global chief financial officer

Livingston joins from Dentons where he was most recently global CFO, and a member of the Global Management Committee and Global Board

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields) has announced the appointment of Neal Livingston as global chief financial officer.

Based in London, Livingston will lead the firm’s finance division globally. He brings expertise in managing teams across multiple markets and jurisdictions, having held a range of senior level finance roles over the past 25 years.

He joins from Dentons where he was most recently global CFO, and a member of the Global Management Committee and Global Board. 

Prior to the legal sector, Livingston had a career in banking that included roles at Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He also worked as a partner at Andersen Worldwide.

Rick van Aerssen, Freshfields managing partner, said: “Neal brings the perfect blend of financial and global experience to the firm as we look to balance the ongoing performance and strength of our core markets, with carefully managed expansion in our growth markets.

“As Global CFO, he will play a vital role in helping to drive and support the firm’s ambitious growth plans.” 

Livingston said: “I look forward to joining Freshfields at this pivotal point in its long history and playing a central part in helping the firm to deliver on its ambitious strategy and vision.”

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