Freshfields leads promotions round with 25 new partners

The London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been the biggest beneficiary in the firm’s annual round of promotions, securing nearly half of a total of 25 new partners.

In a bumper year for the City office, the firm made up 10 London partners, double the previous year’s tally. The total number of promotions across the firm was slightly up on last year’s figure of 22.

Joint senior partner Guy Morton said: “The depth and range of outstanding qualities displayed by these new partners demonstrates once again the exceptional pool of talent within the firm.”

Freshfields did not disclose how many of the new partners had been invited to join the equity.

Germany also fared well in the promotions, securing six new partners, while the Paris office saw only one promotion compared to four in 2007.

Once again the corporate practice gained the highest number of new partners at nine, although this represented a smaller proportion of the total in 2007. Last year the practice gained nine out of 22.

The anti-trust, competition and trade group made up three to partner despite not featuring in last year’s round. The finance and tax groups both saw slight falls on last year, securing three and one new partners respectively. Last year the numbers were five and three.

It was a relatively good year for the magic circle firm’s female employees who represented 20 per cent of the promotions, up from just 13.6 per cent in 2007.

The appointments take effect on 1 May.

The full list on new partners:

Anti-trust, competition and trade
Andrea Gomes da Silva, London
Alvaro Iza, Madrid
Andreas von Bonin, Brussels

Antony Dapiran, Beijing
Jochen Ellrott, Hamburg
Igor Gerber, Moscow
Adrian Maguire, London
Alan Mason, Paris
Takeshi Nakao, Tokyo
Markus Paul, Frankfurt
Graham Watson, London
Simon Weller, London

Dispute resolution:
Marcel Kaufmann, Berlin
James Kennedy, London
Sarah Parkes, London
Alexander Yanos, New York

Employment, pensions and benefits
Raquel Fl—rez, Madrid
Brechje Nollen, Amsterdam

Thijs Pieter Flokstra, Amsterdam
Tazim Hall, London
Alex Mitchell, London

Torsten Schreier, Frankfurt

Real estate:
Niko Schultz-SŸchting, Hamburg
Alexander Watt, London

Paul Davison, London