Freshfields halves City promotions in 20-strong global round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has added 20 lawyers to its partnership, with the number of City associates promoted nearly halved since last year’s round.

Will Lawes
Will Lawes

The magic circle firm has made up five London lawyers to partner, with one making the grade in corporate, one in dispute resolution and three in finance.

The total number of promotions is flat on last year, when nine London lawyers were made up in a 20-strong round (4 March 2011).

The number of corporate associates made up in the UK is slightly down on last year, when seven were promoted in the practice area globally, including two in London. Finance is up from two to three in the City.

The 2012 list shows an increase in non-UK promotions, with 15 made up outside London, compared with 11 last year. Of the 15, four are based in Hong Kong, two in New York and one in Dubai with the remainder spread across Europe.

Senior partner Will Lawes said: ‘We’re very excited to have another talented group from a wide range of offices joining the partnership. We’re sure that they’ll all help us drive forward the business of the firm for years to come.”

The new partners are:

Doug Bacon (New York)
Charles Ching (Hong Kong)
Edward Freeman (Hong Kong)
Michael Hilton (Dubai)
Tobias Larisch (Düsseldorf)
Yannick Piette (Paris)
Farid Sigari-Majd (Vienna)
Doug Smith (London)
Patrick Tardivy (Paris)
Mark Parsons (Hong Kong)
Dispute Resolution
Matthew Bruce (London)
Georgia Dawson (Hong Kong)
Gabrielle Gould (New York)
Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden (Frankfurt)
Ryan Beckwith (London)
Mario Hüther (Frankfurt)
Mandeep Lotay (Amsterdam)
Geoff O’Dea (London)
Michael Steele (London)
Vincent Daniel-Mayeur (Paris)