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Linklaters is making up 23 new partners in its 2012 promotions round, with only six of the new partners coming from the London office.
The firm made up 18 partners in last year’s firmwide promotions round, which also saw six City partners promoted (11 April 2011).
As with last year’s round, corporate is home to the greatest number of promotions, with 10 new partners, two of whom are London-based. The firm’s financial regulation group has grown by three partners, while banking and projects, capital markets and litigation have each received two partners apiece.
The remaining partners are divided between the London banking and investment management groups, the Düsseldorf IP team and the Paris tax team.
After London, Paris made up the most partners with four, followed by Hong Kong with three partners made up and Beijing promoting two partners.
Six of the new partners are female, which is one up on last year’s number. Three of these are in the firm’s Beijng and Hong Kong offices, with only one female partner based in London.
The firm has also promoted 24 lawyers to counsel, with all promotions taking effect on 1 May.
Commenting on the promotions, senior partner Robert Elliott said: “Many congratulations to our new cohort of partners and counsel. Their promotions are the result of outstanding work and demonstrate our commitment to developing the areas in which they practise.”
Freshfields was the first magic circle firm to announce its promotions round last month. It added 20 lawyers to its partnership, with the number of City associates promoted nearly halved since last year’s round (28 March 2012). Allen & Overy later announced it was promoting 23 to its partnership, including six City associates (30 March 2012).
The full list of Linklaters promotions is as follows:
Intellectual Property Jens Matthes, Düsseldorf
Litigation Stefaan Loosveld, Brussels Jelita Pandjaitan, Hong Kong
Tax Thomas Perrot, Paris
Corporate Pietro Belloni, Milan Craig Dally, Hong Kong Timo Engelhardt, Munich Annabella Fu, Beijing Nicolas Gauzès, Luxembourg David Martin, Abu Dhabi Judie Ng Shortell, Beijing Marc Petitier, Paris Anna Styles, London Alex Woodward, London
Banking Richard Hodgson, London
Banking & Projects Kathryn Merryfield, Paris James McLaren, Hong Kong
Capital Markets Sasha Karachourina, Moscow Mark Nuttall, London
Financial Regulation Group Harry Eddis, London Marc Perrone, Paris Frederik Winter, Frankfurt