Dentons promotes second batch of 12

Dentons promotes second batch of 12Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted a group of 12 senior associates to the partnership for the second year running, bringing the total number of partners to 181, The Lawyer can reveal.

The batch of 12 is a fall from 2006, when the firm promoted the bumper number of 26.

This year’s promotions are across the board, with two in corporate, one in employment, two in energy, infrastructure and project finance, one in real estate and one in tax.

Four of this year’s round trained at the firm. These are Rebecca Gordon and Matthew Tinger in corporate, Tom Eldridge in energy, infrastructure and project finance and Jeremy Cape in tax.

The London HQ took the lion’s share of the promotions, with a total of six, while the firm’s Milton Keynes office, which was opened in 1988 and focuses on employment, real estate and litigation, promoted one – employment partner Simon Whysall.

“The Milton Keynes offices works closely with the London office,” said CEO Howard Morris. “[Where the work is] technically complex, but the values are not huge it is always challenging to do it at City rates,” he added.

But Morris emphasised that the UK is just one part of the jigsaw, “You have to look at the balance, our aspiration is to grow our international practice,” he said.

Promotions in Europe overtook those in the Gulf region, where Dentons has its strongest international presence. There were two promotions to the Moscow office, one to Paris, one to Istanbul and just one in the Gulf – Sarah Wright in Muscat.

This is in contrast to last year when the two international promotions were in Cairo and Dubai.

In addition to the 12 promotions to the partnership, the firm has made up its first ever managing associates – an alternative to partnership that was announced in November 2007.

Morris told The Lawyer that the remit of this new role, already established by the likes of Addleshaw Goddard, was broadly similar to that of partner and would include business development work. Two have been promoted to this position.

The firm’s newly-elected partners are:

Stéphanie Beghe Sonmez, corporate (Istanbul)
Miriam Best, real estate (London)
Jeremy Cape, tax (London)
Tom Eldridge, energy, infrastructure and project finance (London)
Rebecca Gordon, corporate (London)
Myles Mantle, banking (Moscow)
Anna Otkina, corporate (Moscow)
Emmanuel Sordet, corporate (Paris)
Matthew Tinger, corporate (London)
Michael Rudd, energy, infrastructure and project finance (London)
Simon Whysall, employment (Milton Keynes)
Sarah Wright, banking and insolvency (Muscat)

Managing associates:

Nick Darby, Real Estate (London)
Jane Miles, Real Estate (Milton Keynes)