Sidley promotes 34, one in London

Sidley Austin has promoted 34 lawyers to its partnership, including four in the firm’s Asia Pacific offices and one in London.

The London promotion is finance and securities specialist David Howe. Howe, formerly of Clifford Chance, was one of the group of former Brown & Wood (which merged with Sidley & Austin in May 2001) lawyers who helped found the London office of Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2003. Howe returned to the post-merger Sidley Austin on 1 January last year.

The four promotions in the Asia Pacific region are China life sciences head Chen Yang in Beijing, Hong Kong corporate lawyer Jason Tzu-cheng Kuo, Hong Kong investment funds expert Scott Dennis Peterman and securities specialist Bruce Dailey in Sydney.

Howe said the breadth of practice areas and the diversity of the offices represented by the 34 promotions was indicative of the breadth of Sidley’s practice. However, he agreed that the four Asia Pacific promotions, coupled with the opening of Sidley’s Sydney office last year, did reflect that there was “a clear focus” on that region.

Thomas Albrecht, a member of the Sidley’s management committee and the partner responsible for international operations said: “Our platform in Asia has long been one of the most experienced and diverse in Asia and these new partners will only strengthen our practices in life sciences, corporate, securities and investment funds.”

The promotions, which became effective on 1 July, take the total of Sidley partners worldwide to 681.