A&O welcomes 18 new partners in latest promotions round

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 18 lawyers to its partnership across 13 countries, with the vast majority joining from non-UK offices.

This is a fall from last year, when the firm made up a total of 20 to its partnership (1 May 2009). There are three females among this year’s round, accounting for 17 per cent of the total, a fall from 40 per cent last year.

The figure matches the number of promotions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which also made up 18 this year (29 March 2010).

A&O managing partner Wim Dejonghe (pictured) commented: “Over half of the firm’s turnover continues to be generated outside the UK and two-thirds of our work is cross-border, involving offices in two or more countries, so these promotions are a reflection of our continued commitment to strengthening our international network and investing in the future of the business.

“This is a significant milestone in any lawyer’s career. I’d like to congratulate all the new partners on their promotion.”

This comes as a number of firms have announced promotions to their respective partnerships including Addleshaw Goddard, which made up five, Olswang and Slaughter and May, which made up two apiece, and Wragge & Co, which promoted three (29 March 2010).

The new A&O partners come from the corporate, banking, ICM, litigation, tax and employment and benefits practices across A&O’s global network. They are:

Niels de Ru – Banking
Suzanne Sikkink – E&B
Godfried Kinnegim – Tax

Hans Kets – Corporate

James Graham – Banking

Sachin Karia – Banking

Matthias Horn – Corporate
Heike Weber – Tax

Hong Kong
Fai Hung Cheung – Litigation

Etay Katz – Banking
David Wakeling – ICM

Katia Manhaeve – Litigation
Jean-Christian Six – Banking

Paolo Ghiglione – Corporate

James Roe – Corporate

Ahmed Baladi – Corporate

Hooman Sabeti-Rahmati – ICM

Piotr Lesinski – ICM