Ropes & Gray has promoted two associates to partner in London, with a total of 17 lawyers made up across six of the firm’s international offices.  

City-based Robert Haak has been made up alongside fellow finance associate Benoit Lavigne, with appointments taking effect from 1 November 2015. 

Haak joined Ropes & Gray’s London office in 2010 after spending three years at White & Case. Meanwhile Lavigne started working at the firm just two years ago, after associate roles at Latham & Watkins, White & Case and Stikeman Elliott. 

The double partner promotions in London represents a slight drop on last year’s total in the City in which four new appointments were made. The firm also promoted more partners globally last year, with a total of 20. 

Despite announcing a slightly reduced promotions round, Ropes has made up more women than last year with a total of nine. This accounts for over half of the firm’s promotions round, while females accounted for just 35 per cent of appointments last year. 

Outside London, Boston was again the office to have benefited most from the partner promotions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total appointments.

Meanwhile London and New York saw two promotions, while San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong all saw one associate made up. 

The firm’s litigation, private equity and tax departments saw the most promotions worldwide. 

Partner promotions in full

Megan Bisk, Boston, employment
Sarah Clinton, Boston, corporate
Jennifer Ewing, Boston, private client
Pamela Glazier, Boston, tax
Kathleen (Kat) Saunders Gregor, Boston, tax
Matthew McGinnis, Boston, litigation
Sarah Schaffer Raux, Boston, private equity
Jennifer Rikoski, Boston, employment
Jason Serlenga, Boston, private equity
Dan Ward, Boston, litigation
Thomas Brown, New York, litigation
Adam Greenwood, New York, tax
Anne Johnson Palmer, San Francisco, litigation
Robert Haak, London, finance
Benoit Lavigne, London, finance
Kaede Toh, Tokyo, white-collar crime
Peng Yu, Hong Kong, private equity