Melinda Wallman Partner & Practice Leader, Partner Practice Group EMEA

Melinda Wallman

Publications

What Makes a Leader? March 9, 2017 Melinda Wallman and Bianca Adams-Thomond explain h... Read More
London Lateral Partner Survey September 14, 2016 The survey of recent lateral movers in the London ... Read More
Who Comes First? Clients or Partners? September 18, 2015 Melinda Wallman of Major, Lindsey & Africa highlig... Read More
The Changing Landscape for Lateral Partner Moves June 26, 2014 Melinda Wallman examines lateral hiring trends in ... Read More

In the News

King & Wood Mallesons Collapse Kept Recruiters Busy January 28, 2017 In 2016, a range of U.K. and U.S. firms hired lawy... Read More

I help lawyers and law firms navigate their paths in today's global legal market. I have developed a reputation for discreet, professional and forthright advice, which brings to bear not just local market trends but also the impact on the London market of events and trends elsewhere. I am particularly passionate about helping women in the profession to achieve their career goals.

Melinda Wallman is the founder of the London and Hong Kong offices of Major, Lindsey & Africa. She led our international expansion until 2009 and is now in charge of our EMEA Partner Practice Group. Melinda's practice spans senior level search on behalf of Law Firms and Financial Institutions and Partner/Team representation.

Melinda has particular expertise in the alternative investment management space. In 2009, she launched, "Managing your Career: the XX Advantage," a network and quarterly breakfast seminar series for senior women lawyers. She also sits on MLA’s Diversity Council.  She is known for her expertise in diversity search and her commitment to making every search matter.

Experience

Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in New York in 1999, Melinda was a corporate lawyer at Gilbert & Tobin, Sydney, then she commenced her search career with a major British consultancy in London, opening their Sydney office and developing their cross-border UK-Australia business. She has worked as a search consultant in London, Hong Kong, New York and Sydney.

Placements

Melinda has placed partners into many AmLaw 100, Magic and Silver Circle law firms including Allen & Overy; Ashurst; Cleary Gottlieb; Herbert Smith Freehills; Gibson Dunn; Linklaters; Milbank Tweed; Morrison Foerster; Norton Rose Fulbright; Paul Hastings; Proskauer Rose; Ropes & Gray; Schulte, Roth & Zabel; Sidley Austin; Skadden Arps; Weil Gotshal and Wilkie Farr.

She has opened offices for law firms in London, Cologne, Hong Kong, Munich, Shanghai and Singapore.

She has placed general counsel, heads of compliance and other senior legal and compliance professionals with many investment management funds and other financial institutions including: Bain Capital; BlackRock; Cheyne Capital; Credit Suisse; Farallon Capital; Horizon Asset; Jefferies; J.P. Morgan; and Silver Lake Partners.

She has also completed senior-level searches for US and UK multinationals including: BT; GE; and Smith & Nephew.

Education

University of New South Wales, Sydney: LL.B.

University of New South Wales: B.A.

*Completed part of the degree on a DAAD scholarship at the Free University, Berlin.

Associations

UNSW (UK) Foundation, Board Member

Prime Advocates, Advisory Board Member

Women in Law Empowerment Forum – Co-Vice-Chair, International