White & Case promotes five in London in 28-strong global promos round

US firm White & Case has promoted five lawyers to the partnership in London as part of a global promotions round that sees 28 made up to partner.

The new partners in the London office include Charles Balmain in the global commercial litigation practice, David Manson and Laura Prater in the global financial restructuring and insolvency practice and Stuart Willey in the firm’s bank regulatory practice. London-based Michael Watson was also named a partner in the firm’s global project finance practice, but will shortly be relocating to the firm’s office in Abu Dhabi.

White & Case’s promotion round also saw a further 14 lawyers promoted to the partnership across the firm’s offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This included Charles-Henri Arminjon and Antoine Cousin in Riyadh; Sebastian Buss and Guniz Gokce in Istanbul; Stefan Feuerriegel and Matthias Stupp in Hamburg; Alexandre Jaurett, Nathalie Nègre-Eveillard and Guillaume Vallat in Paris; Markus Langen in Frankfurt; Jonathan Langley, Darina Lozovsky and Julia Zagonek in Moscow and Jiří Tomola in Prague.

The firm also made up Jonathan Olier and Nandakumar Ponniya in Singapore and named global project finance expert Alexander Woody a partner in its Tokyo office.

The New York office sees the promotion of Raj Gandesha, Marius Griskonis and Justin Wagstaff. Miami-based Richard Kebrdle and Wasthington DC- based Hansel Pham were also made up in the US. Manuel Groenewold Ortíz-Mena was the only lawyer promoted to the partnership in the firm’s Mexico City office this year.

Commenting on the appointments, London executive partner Oliver Brettle said: “Today’s promotions reflect the strength of our practices and in many cases our English law capabilities. Many of these new partners started their careers in London, and are now based outside the United Kingdom as the need for English law expertise intensifies in other jurisdictions.”