Ashurst makes up 15 partners in first post merger round

Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013.

Of these 15, five are based in the UK and four in the firm’s Australian offices. Two have been promoted in Madrid, with Paris, Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi and New York each picking up one new partner apiece.

The total number of promotions has shrunk compared to 2013, when 17 new partners were made up in total – including seven in London and five spread across Ashurst Australia’s Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices. The remainder were promoted in Madrid, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome (23 April 2013).

Only one of the firm’s 15 new partners  – Pedro Ester in Madrid – works in its corporate practice, marking a notable sea change for the firm. Each year since 2010, Ashurst’s corporate practice has been gifted more new partners than any other group at the firm. Over the past four years, two new corporate partners have been made up each year in London.

This time round, the firm has instead favoured its banking and securities and derivatives groups, making up five and four partners in those teams respectively. Its competition, corporate, employment, energy, disputes and real estate groups also added one new member each.

One fifth of Ashurst’s new partners are women, bringing the firm’s total proportion of female partners up to 18 per cent. The new appointments lift the firm’s total number of partners to 433.

The promotions are:


Mark Edwards – Banking, London

Luke McDougall – Banking, London

Diala Minott – Securities and Derivatives, London

Adair Gordon-Orr – Securities and Derivatives, London

Henry Moss – Real Estate, London


Pedro Ester – Corporate, Madrid

Rafael Baena – Competition, Madrid

Stéphanie VannierCorbière – Banking, Paris

Derk Opitz – Banking, Frankfurt


Nicole Skalla – Securities and Derivatives, New York

Middle East

Renad Younes – Energy, Resources and Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi


Nicole Gardner – Dispute Resolution, Sydney

Corey McHattan – Securities and Derivatives, Sydney

Jon Lovell – Employment, Canberra

Ken Nguyen – Banking, Melbourne