Linklaters promotes eight City partners in 14-strong round

Linklaters has made up 14 new partners, with eight coming from the ranks of its London lawyers.

The total figure is down four from last year, but the proportion of new partners based at the magic firm’s City HQ is up by two. Away from London, no other jurisdiction has received more than one new partner.

In terms of practice area, banking has the edge in this year’s promotion round, with three partners – two in London – being made up. There are two each from the firm’s capital markets and mainstream corporate groups.

In addition to the new partners, Linklaters has appointed 21 counsel and elected 11 national partners to the equity. The firm has recently restated its commitment to reducing the number of salaried partners in its ranks (22 February 2010).

Senior partner David Cheyne (pictured) said: “These promotions highlight our continued commitment to investing in our global practices in order to enhance the breadth and depth of expertise we offer our clients. I’d like to congratulate our new partners and counsel on their promotion and look forward to working with them to lead the firm to further success.”

Linklaters is the third magic circle firm to announce its 2010 partner promotions. Allen & Overy (31 March 2010) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (29 March 2010) both named 18 new partners last month.

The new Linklaters partners in full are:

Michal Hlásek, Frankfurt
Steve Smith, London
Yen Sum, London

Capital Markets
Peter Frost, Tokyo
Hwang Hwa Sim, Hong Kong

Malgorzata Szwaj, Warsaw

Employment & Incentives
Nicola Rabson, London

Financial Regulation Group
Sarah Parkhouse, London

Mainstream Corporate
Dan Schuster-Woldan, London
Iain Wagstaff, London

Real Estate
Matthew Elliott, London

Restructuring & Insolvency
Paul Kuipers, Amsterdam

Ricardo Ferreira Bolan, São Paulo

Julian Cunningham-Day, London