White & Case makes up six City partners in 21-strong global round

US firm White & Case has made up six lawyers to partner in London as part of a global promotions round that has seen 21 make the grade.


Oliver Brettle
Oliver Brettle

The new partners in the London office include capital markets lawyer Melissa Butler, M&A associate John Cunningham and international arbitration expert Dipen Sabharwal. London-based Julia Walker was also made up to partner in the firm’s general counsel office. As deputy general counsel, she is responsible for White & Case’s anti-money laundering programme and advises on a range of regulatory and professional issues in EMEA and further afield.

Project finance lawyer Paul Harrison and capital markets lawyer Sean Johnson, who will shortly be relocating to Tokyo and Abu Dhabi respectively, were also promoted in London.

Commenting on the appointments, London executive partner Oliver Brettle said: “Today’s promotions across the EMEA region further strengthen our team of partners who serve the needs of our clients in what is an ever changing economic environment.”

White & Case’s global promotion round also saw Eliza McDougall, Jennifer Paradise and Gregory Starner made up to partner in the firm’s New York office, while James Robinson has made the grade in Miami. The Mexico City office sees the promotions of Eugenio Bernal, Rafael Llano Oddone and Iván Libenson Violante. In Europe, Markus Althoff and Sylvia Fiebig in Hamburg; Markus Burianski and Alexander Kiefner in Frankfurt; Axel Schulz in Brussels; Moscow-based Maria Oleinik; Rikard Wikström in Stockholm; and Paris-based Michiel Visser were all made up to partner. Visser is due to relocate to the firm’s Doha office in the near future.

All promotions are effective from 1 January 2012.