Freshfields promotes two in US competition practice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made two promotions in its US competition practice, making up a pair of its Washington DC-based associates to counsel.

The move sees Thomas Ensign and Bruce McCulloch become counsel at the magic circle firm. The role of counsel was introduced at the beginning of the year for senior associates. They are paid an individual salary and are eligible for a bonus.

The two promotions are in addition to the 22 new partners Freshfields made up in April (, 2 April). Both the New York and DC offices of the magic circle firm missed out on any promotions in that round.

Ensign and McCulloch work in the six-partner DC office under antiturst partners Paul Yde, Bob Schlossberg and MJ Moltenbrey.

Despite the lack of new partners across the Atlantic, Freshfields has been looking to bulk up its US presence by deploying lawyers in new ways. Ensign’s and McCulloch’s promotions follow the news that the firm was sending two partners and three associates to its New York office. Dispute resolution partner Brian King has moved to Manhattan from Amsterdam, taking three associates with him, and corporate partner Julian Pritchard has moved from the Tokyo office (, 30 August).

Competition co-head Helmut Bergmann said of the promotions: “Each is already well-regarded in the US antitrust bar, and we see them both as the next generation of leadership in the Freshfields US antitrust practice. We’re very excited about this step in the continuing growth of our US ACT [antitrust, competition and trade] group.”