A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years.

The increase in female lawyers, which represents 40.1 per cent of the total promotions, comes after the firm considered introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 to better promote gender diversity (16 May 2014). Last year, the firm promoted two women to partnership, Amsterdam-based Katinka Middelkoop and London-based Alice Englehart. 

Last year, A&O’s promotion figures were the smallest in years, with just 16 people made up across the firm and five of those in London (26 February 2014).

London had the largest number of new partners with seven promoted, while Paris added five to its partnership. France, Germany and Spain’s promotions made up over 30 per cent of the firm’s new partners.

The firm’s corporate practice saw the biggest intake this year with six out of the 22 hires across A&O’s global network. The practice has been boosted by new partners in London, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Madrid.

A&O doubled its promotions in the US compared to last year, with two partners made up in New York and Washington DC. Managing partner Wim Dejonghe said that the US was a “key market for the firm”, with a focus on sustained investment to create long-term growth.

The promotions in full:

Abu Dhabi

Ian Bevan, real estate


Aroen Kuitenbrouwer, banking


Inge Vanderreken, employment


Stefan Henkelmann, international capital markets

Markus Kaepplinger, corporate

Hong Kong

Fiona Cumming, banking


Annabelle Croker, corporate
Lisa Goransson, corporate
Jeff Hendrickson, international capital markets
Jocelyn Land, banking
David Oppenheimer, banking
Nigel Parker, corporate
Mark Ridgway, litigation


Peter Myners, corporate


Inigo Del Val, corporate
Jimena Urretavizcaya, banking


Pietro Scarfone, banking

New York

Laura Hall, litigation


Alexandre Rudoni, litigation
Julien Sebastien, international capital markets
Marie Stoyanov, litigation

Washington DC

Jean Lee, banking