Reed Smith has promoted 24 lawyers to partner across the world, including six in London.
Intellectual property counsel Kate Brimsted has been promoted in the City, along with corporate senior associate Andrew Clark and pensions solicitor William Sutton.
Tom Webley has also been made up in the firm’s banking and financial services litigation team in London, while the financial services team has been boosted with two partners – associate director Angelina Soon and counsel Monica Dupont-Barton.
Just two of the six, namely Tom Webley and William Sutton, trained at legacy firm Richards Butler, which merged with Reed Smith in 2007. The remaining quartet joined the US outlet from a number of different firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Australia’s HWL Ebsworth.
London was the only European base to be included in the promotions round, with two-thirds of the appointments being made in the US. A corporate duo in Hong Kong was also made up and corporate was a specific focus across the board, as well as energy and regulatory enforcement in the US.
In last year’s promotions round, the firm appointed the largest number of partners ever to its London office, as it made up seven out of 24 worldwide. It also appointed two more women last year, with nine females featuring this time round.
Partner promotions in full
Jesse Ash, life sciences health, Washington, DC
Siddesh Bale, corporate and transactional advisory group, Chicago
Kevin Dreher, insurance recovery, Chicago
Matthew Petrillo, energy and natural resources, Chicago
Peter Stuhldreher, labour and employment, Houston
Julia Trankiem, labour and employment, Los Angeles
Gregory Chase, shipping, New York
Christopher Sheaffer, corporate and transactional advisory, New York
Kerry Halpern, corporate and transactional advisory, Philadelphia
Sara Lima, state tax, Philadelphia
Nipun Patel, commercial litigation, Philadelphia
Michelle Mantine, global regulatory enforcement, Pittsburgh
Justin Kontul, financial industry, Pittsburgh
Rick Etter, labour and employment, Pittsburgh
Edward Mullen, regulatory enforcement, Richmond
Brendan McNallen, energy and natural resources, San Francisco
Kate Brimsted, IP, London
Andrew Clark, corporate, London
Monica Dupont-Barton, financial services, London
Angelina Soon, financial services, London
William Sutton, pensions, London
Thomas Webley, banking and financial services litigation, London
May Wong, corporate, Hong Kong
Angel Ng, corporate, Hong Kong