Bianca Adams (née Thomond) Practice Leader, In-House Practice Group EMEA

Bianca Thomond

Publications

Building an International Legal Team - Where to Start September 20, 2016 Where should general counsel place their legal tea... Read More

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Border Crossing: Building an International Team to Support a Global Business June 3, 2016 Even if youve built a solid team at headquarters, ... Read More

I am a recognised expert in the executive search / legal recruiting arena, focusing on the placement of general counsel, in-house counsel, senior compliance and IP professionals throughout a variety of sectors. I have been partnering with organisations to recruit and retain top legal talent in-house since 2000 and am respected by clients and candidates for my honest advice, support, consultative approach, thorough process and clear communication.

Based in our London office, Bianca Adams (formerly Thomond) leads the EMEA In-House Search Practice. She has combined her wealth of experience and market knowledge to lead and grow the London office's activities throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The experienced and established team focuses on the placement of lawyers, general counsel and various in-house counsel, senior compliance and IP professionals throughout the EMEA region. In addition, Bianca partners with colleagues throughout the company to offer clients and candidates a truly global service regarding search mandates in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Bianca and the team have a reputation for successfully undertaking search mandates, in mature and emerging markets within the region; recent search locations include Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, UAE and the United Kingdom. The success across the region has allowed the team to continue to grow local and international networks, which prove imperative for each search undertaken.

Born in the UK, Bianca enjoyed the challenge of growing up with three brothers. She lives with her husband, James, in South London and in her spare time enjoys exploring London's beautiful parks, health and fitness, cycling, kitesurfing, skiing, photography, overseas travel and is involved in various community projects in her local area.

Bianca is a regular volunteer event director for SportInspired, a social enterprise established in 2008 to build happier healthier communities through the power of sport and the positive influence of business. She enjoys this work as it helps overcome social challenges in some of London's toughest communities, particularly connecting young people to professionals as mentors through their CSR activities.

Experience

Following a period of travel, Bianca entered the world of legal recruitment in 2000 when joining one of London's first legal recruiters, Chambers & Partners. As part of the in-house team, focusing on placing lawyers in both the commerce & industry and banking & finance markets, she gained a breadth of experience and grew a strong network across the UK and Europe.

In the spring of 2007, Bianca was approached to join an international boutique multidiscipline search firm in London in order to establish their Legal in-house search practice. There she led the growth of team and became the go to recruiter for a whole host of companies wishing to recruit lawyers, IP and senior compliance counsel in Europe and the Middle East.

Aware of her experience, Major, Lindsey & Africa approached Bianca with the opportunity to lead and develop the firm's General Counsel/In-House Search Practice throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa. Taking into consideration Major, Lindsey & Africa's fantastic reputation, global reach, market positioning and the calibre of people on board, it was an easy decision for her to make. Bianca joined the London office in May 2011 as Practice Leader and still continues to personally undertake senior-level search assignments across the region with the help of an experienced team. She is known for building long term relationships and partners with a range of private and public companies, large US multinationals, FTSE listed companies, dynamic startups, private equity houses and hedge funds seeking to recruit and retain top legal talent.

Placements

Recent searches include:

  • General Counsel
  • Regional Counsel, EMEA
  • Chief IP Counsel
  • Head of Litigation
  • Global Employment Counsel
  • Global Compliance Counsel
  • Head of M&A/Transactions
  • Head of Competition
  • Chief Ethics & Compliance Director
  • Generalist lawyers (Senior Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Head of Legal etc) with language skills, in particular German, French, Dutch, Italian, Russian and Arabic.

Associations

Major, Lindsey & Africa:

  • Practice Leader, In-House Practice Group, EMEA
  • Member of the global Technology Practice
  • Member of the global Life Sciences & Healthcare Practice
  • Member of the global Hospitality & Gaming Practice
  • Diversity & Inclusion Council - Global Panel Member
  • Co-organiser of the 'Managing your Career: The XX Advantage' quarterly networking events