Squire promotes three UK lawyers in 17-strong round

Squire Sanders has announced the promotion of 17 lawyers to its partnership ranks, with three UK lawyers making the cut.

Litigator Gareth Timms in London, pensions lawyer Georgina Rankin in Birmingham and taxation and benefits lawyer Peter Morley in Leeds office all become partners effective from 1 May.

The annual January promotions also saw the firm make up one partner apiece in Moscow, Tokyo and Warsaw, while two Berlin-based lawyers will be promoted to partnership ranks on 1 May.

Timms’ promotion in London follows the hire of three partners earlier this year to launch a shipping team in the City (22 February http://www.thelawyer.com/squire-sanders-launches-international-shipping-team-in  london%C2%A0/1011519.article).

Squire Sanders has a significantly expanded global presence since its tie-up with UK firm Hammonds in January 2011. European managing partner Peter Crossley told The Lawyer the London office in particular had seen a surge in activity from the emerging markets and Moscow since last summer.

“The merger has brought new clients, new relationships and new ideas into the melting pot,” Crossley said. “The nature and profile of the London office has gone through a transformation.”

Earlier this month the firm continued with the expansion of its international footprint when it applied to open an office in Korea (7 March http://www.thelawyer.com/squire-sanders-joins-us-firms’-korea-race/1011709.article).

The full list of new partners is as follows:

Regulatory:
Alfredo Anzola (Miami),
Carlos Nalda (Washington, DC)

Corporate and corporate finance: Patrick Brooks, (Moscow), Michele Connell (Cleveland) Edward Kim (Tokyo), Toby Merchant (Cincinnati) Marcin Wnukowski (Warsaw)

Litigation: Stephen Fazio (Cleveland)
Robert Guite (San Francisco) Stephanie Niehaus (Cleveland), Gareth Timms, (London)

Environmental, Safety & Health: Kendra Sherman   (Columbus)

Labor & Employment: Sebastian Buder (Berlin)

IP and technology: Annette Demmel (Berlin)

Pensions: Georgina Rankin (Birmingham, UK)

Taxation and benefits: Peter Morley (Leeds)