Litigators dominate in Freshfields’ 15-strong promotion round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made up 15 new partners in its 2014 promotion round, creeping up slightly from last year’s low of 14.

Last year’s total (25 March 2013) was a big drop on the 2012 promotion round, when the firm added 20 partners to its ranks (28 March 2012). 

This year the firm has continued a push on litigation and arbitration, adding five partners to its New York, London, Hamburg and Amsterdam teams. It is the second year in a row the firm has focused on its litigation team in its promotions, but the news follows the exit of three heavy-hitting partners to launch an arbitration boutique earlier this year (17 February 2014).

London arbitration head Constantine Partasides is leaving the firm to launch the boutique with former arbitration co-chair Jan Paulsson, who retired in March 2013 (12 March 2013). The duo will be joined by Paris partner Georgios Petrichilos.

Among the newly-promoted litigation partners, Hamburg-based Patrick Schroeder and New York lawyer Noiana Marigo focus on arbitration.

Litigation was also the practice area gaining the most new partners in 2013, when Freshfields made up five contentious lawyers across its New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris offices – including three international arbitration specialists.

This year the firm has also continued to beef up its corporate and finance teams, which have received seven new partners between them, mainly in the UK and Europe. This is a significant increase from 2013, when Freshfields made up two corporate and two finance lawyers, but is still under 2012’s nine promotions across the two departments.

The promotions in full:


Michael Broeders – restructuring and insolvency, banking, structured finance, Amsterdam
Jeroen van Hezewijk – litigation, Amsterdam
Deborah Janssens – M&A, debt/equity capital markets, Brussels
Timon Grau – employment, Frankfurt 

Max Lang – finance and restructuring, Frankfurt

Timo Elsner – real estate, Frankfurt
Natascha Doll – M&A and renewables, Hamburg
Patrick Schroeder – litigation and arbitration, Hamburg


Martin McElwee – competition
Richard Thexton – M&A
Giles Pratt – IP
Piers Reynolds – finance litigation, regulatory investigations
Jonathan Birks – finance and private equity


Noiana Marigo – international arbitration, New York


Don Stokes – project finance, energy and natural resources, Tokyo