Latham promotions: London stays flat as New York gains lion’s share

Latham & Watkins has promoted two City lawyers to partner in a global round of 31.

The firm has made London associates Charles Armstrong and Huw Thomas to its finance and corporate practices respectively.

Armstrong joined Latham in 2014 from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy but has also worked at Baker McKenzie. He trained at Clifford Chance.

Thomas was an associate at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent time on secondment at BP. He joined Latham in 2011 and has since also been on secondment to Deutsche Bank.

The pair account for half of Latham’s European promotions. Two lawyers also made the cut in corporate in Düsseldorf and Milan, while lawyer Olga Ponomarenko was Moscow’s sole partner promotion.

Virtually all of the other new partners have been promoted in the US – a total of 24. Corporate accounted for 45 per cent of promotions, while litigation saw 11 promotions (equivalent to 35 per cent).

The biggest US cohort come from the New York office, with San Francisco and Washington DC fielding four partners each.

Latham has made up a London duo for two consecutive years now. In 2015, it promoted four City-based lawyers, while 2014 saw one of the smallest-ever promotions rounds in the City when just corporate partner Francesco Lione was made up.

Partner promotions in full

Charles Armstrong, finance, London
Huw Thomas, corporate, London

Natalie Daghles, corporate, Düsseldorf
Giancarlo D’Ambrosio, corporate, Milan

Olga Ponomarenko, corporate, Moscow

Kristen Smith Grannis, corporate, Boston
David Tolley, litigation, Boston
Rick Offsay, corporate, Century City
Laura Washington, litigation, Century City
Enrique Rene, tax, Chicago
Johanna Spellman, litigation, Chicago
Matthew Warren, finance, Chicago
Sean Denvir, corporate, Los Angeles
Josh Holt, finance, Los Angeles
Benjamin Cohen, corporate, New York
Blake Denton, litigation New York
Jason Hegt, litigation, New York
Kristin Mendoza, corporate, New York
Reza Mojtabaee-Zamani, corporate, New York
Peter Sluka, corporate, New York
Lilia Vazova, litigation, New York
Julie Crisp, tax, San Francisco
Kirsten Ferguson, litigation, San Francisco
Marcy Priedeman, litigation, San Francisco
Gregory Sobolski, litigation, San Francisco
Michael Bern, litigation, Washington DC
Matthew Conway, tax, Washington DC
Andrew Prins, litigation, Washington DC
Cory Tull, corporate, Washington DC

Marcus Lee, corporate, Singapore
Nozomi Oda, corporate, Tokyo