Hot 100 Dealmakers 2019

Jessica Adam, Macfarlanes

The sole female partner in Macfarlanes’ corporate group, Jessica Adam is flying the flag for women who want to progress in this male-dominated field. Promoted to partner in 2013, Adam is at the forefront of decision-making for the firm’s junior lawyers, chairing its associate committee with a focus on diversity and career pathways. Having started […]

Louisa Chambers, Travers Smith

It is what every lawyer dreams about after returning to work from maternity leave: the onset of GDPR. This is what awaited Travers Smith’s Louisa Chambers in 2016, some 18 months before the all-important data deadline for the firm’s corporate clientele. She got straight to work and, recognising a sense of panic in the market, […]

Nazir Dewji, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Nazir Dewji, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, was asked to take on the role of head of UK real estate at an exciting time for his firm. Having just signed off its transatlantic merger with Bryan Cave, BLP propelled the construction lawyer to a top position at the newly merged firm on the back […]

Kate Downey Fried Frank

Kate Downey, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

In the three years since joining Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, Kate Downey has been appointed its first female private equity funds head in Europe and has overseen the growth of the funds practice from three partners and six associates to six partners and 20 associates, making it one of the largest teams in […]

Gareth Eagles White & Case

Gareth Eagles, White & Case

Following his 2014 promotion to the partnership Gareth Eagles has rapidly risen to be the star partner and top-biller in White & Case’s European bank finance group. He is trusted to generate, lead and execute work for some of the firm’s biggest and most strategic clients, such as GSO Capital Partners, which is part of […]

Melissa Fogarty Clifford Chance

Melissa Fogarty, Clifford Chance

Melissa Fogarty is fast becoming a prominent player at Clifford Chance, having been appointed co-chair of the firm’s London corporate practice over the summer. As well as specialising in bank M&A, for which she is the client relationship partner for several large institutions, her practice encompasses a broad spectrum, including the aviation and media sectors. […]

Clare Gaskell Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Clare Gaskell, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Since making partner in 2015, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Clare Gaskell has been at the forefront of many major leveraged buyout transactions for private equity heavyweights such as Blackstone, KKR and Silver Lake. The first half of 2018 was spent getting KKR’s €6.825bn (£6.16bn) acquisition of Unilever’s baking, cooking and spreads business over the line. […]

Denise Gibson, Allen & Overy

Referring to Allen & Overy partner Denise Gibson as a rising star is an understatement. Although only into her fifth year as a partner, Gibson has been widely recognised by her peers as having developed an exceptional banking practice in the City. Leveraging her previous experience as an executive director at Goldman Sachs responsible for […]

Apostolos Gkoutzinis, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

If Milbank wanted to make an impact in the European high-yield market, then its hire of debt partner Apostolos Gkoutzinis from Shearman & Sterling was a good way of going about it. Gkoutzinis immediately rolled his sleeves up on a string of headline transactions for senior lenders. His deals included advising JP Morgan and Goldman […]

Amanda Hanmore, Trowers & Hamlins

Trowers & Hamlins’ head of Birmingham real estate Amanda Hanmore spent much of 2018 working on local regeneration projects around the country, while growing the burgeoning real estate practice in the firm’s Midlands office. When Hanmore arrived to lead the practice three years ago, Trowers’ Birmingham office only had one managing associate and a couple […]

Amy Kennedy, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Amy Kennedy was welcomed into the partnership at Gibson Dunn at the beginning of 2018 and has pulled off a range of complex finance deals since. The month she qualified, Lehman Brothers collapsed, causing the kind of turbulence the financial world had not seen in decades. Working in finance in trying times has meant Kennedy’s […]

Malcolm MacDougall, Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys‘ Malcolm MacDougall is a whirling dervish of a dealmaker, making his name as one of the most active M&A lawyers in the City. Since MacDougall became co-head of corporate last year, PEP within the department has shot up 40 per cent and he has seen through a bounty of mid-market deals. These […]