Ashurst ups partner appointments

Ashurst has joined the flurry of partnership promotions in the City, making up 20 associates firmwide, with the corporate team benefiting the most.

The firm’s London headquarters, which has historically contributed 75 per cent of revenue, once again secured the lion’s share of the promotions with 11.

The Paris and Milan offices received the most promotions of Ashurst’s international offices with two apiece. Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Munich and Tokyo also benefited from one promotion apiece.

The latest round of promotions continues Ashurst’s increasing focus on organic growth. Last year 15 associates were made up, nine of whom were in London. This followed 10 partnership promotions firmwide in 2005.

Ashurst’s corporate practice received the biggest boost from the latest promotions, receiving eight firmwide. This contrasts with 2006, when the finance team received the larger share with six compared with corporate’s four.

The promotions come as Ashurst revamps its associate career path, introducing the position of counsel as an alternative or added step to partnership across its entire international network (The Lawyer, 5 February).

The new role will be targeted at lawyers working in jurisdictions or practice areas that do not have the business case for partnership or lawyers who are not business generators.

As part of the shake-up Ashurst is also introducing formal associate and senior associate titles, replacing its existing broader ‘solicitor’ title and PQE framework.

The full list of new partners is as follows:

Corporate
Gavin Gordon (London)
Yann Gozal (Paris)
Jonathan Haines (London)
Kensuke Inoue (Tokyo)
Sergei Ostrovsky (London)
Dietmar Schulz (Munich)
Mark Sperotto (Milan)
Piers Warburton (London)

International finance
Doos Choi (London)
Diane Roberts (London)
Chris Tang (London)

Competition
Makis Bourtzalas (Brussels)
Neil Cuninghame (London)

Energy, transport and infrastructure
Patrick Boyle (London)
Joss Dare (Dubai)

Real estate
Jamie Chapman (London)
Liane Muschter (Frankfurt )

Tax
Alex Cox (London)
Paola Flora (Milan)

Litigation
Eric Bouffard (Paris)