Clifford Chance has made up 26 new partners globally in the firm’s largest promotions round for six years, falling just short of 2012’s 27-strong group.

That year, the firm favoured Continental Europe and London, which echoed this year’s round. Between them, the two jurisdictions boasted more than half of all the magic circle firm’s new partners.

The firm’s head office in London features seven new partners with Continental Europe boasting eight. Frankfurt has been strengthened the most, taking a quarter of those new partners in a nod towards its growing importance ahead of Brexit.

The new London partners are corporate’s Cheng Li Yow and Daud Khan, William Winterton in the finance team, litigator Samantha Ward, Ian Painter in real estate, and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman and Sarah McAleer from tax, pensions & employment.

Ten of the new partners worldwide are women, representing 38 per cent of the new partnership total.

There were six further promotions in Asia-Pacific, two in the Middle East and three in the firm’s US offices.

In keeping with the firm’s core practices, corporate led the way with nine new partners and was the only practice to receive at least one new partner in every jurisdiction. Finance followed with six new partners, while capital markets was the third most strengthened adding four new partners. Real estate and tax, pensions & employment received the joint-fewest partners with two apiece. Litigation & dispute resolution was just ahead with three partners.

This now completes the magic circle’s promotions round in 2018 and means Clifford Chance was roughly equal to Linklaters in its promotions this year. Its magic circle rival promoting just one partner more and also making up 10 female partners.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer promoted the fewest new partners, seeing just 12 associates made up, while Allen & Overy promoted the fewest female partners with just two women in its 20-strong round.

Clifford Chance partner promotions 2018

Clifford Chance partner promotions 2018: in full


  • Cheng Li Yow, corporate
  • Daud Khan, corporate
  • William Winterton, finance
  • Samantha Ward, litigation & dispute resolution
  • Ian Painter, real estate
  • Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, tax, pensions & employment
  • Sarah McAteer, tax, pensions & employment


  • Thais Garcia, corporate, New York
  • Jeff LeMaster, capital markets, New York
  • Robert Hagan, capital markets, Washington DC

Asia Pacific

  • Yong Bai, corporate, Beijing
  • Hong Zhang, corporate, Beijing
  • Bryan Koo, corporate, Hong Kong
  • Thomas England, finance, Singapore
  • Satbir Walia, corporate, Singapore
  • Hans Menski, finance, Tokyo

Continental Europe

  • Ilse van Gasteren, finance, Amsterdam
  • Kristina Jaeger, real estate, Frankfurt
  • Ines Keitel, corporate, Frankfurt
  • Gioacchino Foti, capital markets, Milan
  • Vladimir Barbolin, finance, Moscow
  • Charles-Henri Boeringer, litigation & dispute resolution, Paris
  • Julien Rocherieux, capital markets, Paris
  • Milosz Golab, finance, Warsaw

Middle East

  • Dan Royle, corporate, Riyadh
  • Paul Coates, litigation & dispute resolution

Clifford Chance partner promotions 2018