Linklaters makes up 38 new partners

Linklaters has promoted 38 of its senior associates to the partnership, with almost two-thirds of the new partners being based outside London, it has been announced.

The appointments, which come into effect on 1 May, will bring the partnership numbers up to 540.

The partners will be based out of 13 difference offices including New York, Moscow, Beijing and Amsterdam.

Finance & projects is the biggest winner with 18 new promotions. According to The Lawyer’s Career Report this is one more promotion in this practice area than in the last two years.

Corporate saw 15 senior associates made up – a drop of one on last year, while commercial gains five partners.

The Linklaters promotions are more than a third higher than its magic circle counterparts Freshfields, which today announced that it had made up 22 lawyers.

David Cheyne, Linklaters’ senior partner, said that the “talented group of people” will lead the firm to even greater success.

He added: “The appointments reflect the strength and depth of expertise across the firm and emphasise our commitment to providing the highest quality advice and service to our clients globally.”

The news comes as a partnership vote rubber-stamped the magic circle’s conversion to a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) on 1 May 2007, which The Lawyer previously revealed (12 March).

The full list of new partners:

Joshua Berick (corporate, New York)
Ralph Drebes (corporate, Frankfurt)
Nick Garland (corporate, Dubai)
Stephen Griffin (corporate, London)
Nicola Mayo (corporate, London)
Thomas Ng (corporate, Beijing)
Henk Arnold Sijnja (corporate, Amsterdam)
Hugo Stolkin (corporate, Moscow)
David Swinburne (corporate – private equity, Paris)
Hiroya Yamazaki (corporate, Tokyo)
Bernd Meyring (competition/antitrust, Cologne)
Nicola Hopkins (investment management, London)
Edward Smith (investment management, London)
Carl Fernandes (financial markets, Hong Kong)
Rosalind Knowles (pensions, London)

Finance and projects
Onno Bakker (banking, Amsterdam)
Robert Burt (banking, London)
Dmitry Suschev (banking, Moscow)
Mirthe van Kesteren (banking, London)
Julian Johannes Zaich (banking, Frankfurt)
Christopher Bradley (banking & projects, Tokyo)
Narayan Iyer (banking & projects, Singapore (India practice))
Hyung Ahn (capital markets, Hong Kong)
Arun Balasubramanian (capital markets, Singapore)
Jeff Cohen (capital markets, New York)
Oliver Dreher (capital markets, Frankfurt)
Jon Gray (capital markets, New York)
Mark Middleton (capital markets, London)
Alexander Naidenov (capital markets, London)
Kozo Sasaki (capital markets, Tokyo)
Deepak Sitlani (capital markets, London)
Pam Shores (capital markets, London)
Richard Ginks (projects, London)

Nick Porter (litigation, London)
Jorge Gonçalves (real estate, Lisbon)
Edouard Chapellier (tax, Paris)
Liz Conway (tax, London)
Richard Cumbley (TMT, London)