US partner promotions favour home offices

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has promoted 16 associates to partner, with the bulk of the newly-elected lawyers based in the firm’s US offices.

Meanwhile technology specialists Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has added 13 to its partnership, with the promotions coming across its offices in the US.

Of the 16 Paul Hastings promotions, just three new partners are located outside of the US.

In London tax specialist Justin Hamer has been made up, while in Paris corporate lawyer Erwan Barre is promoted. Barre joined Paul Hastings in 2004 as an of counsel from Sullivan & Cromwell, and practises M&A and securities law.

Paul Hastings’ Asian offices are represented by new corporate partner Maurice Hoo, who is based in Hong Kong.

The rest of the firm’s promotions are spread across the US, with the bulk in Los Angeles and New York, with five and three new partners respectively.

Wilson Sonsini has bulked up its corporate and IP practices in particular, adding eight new corporate partners, four new IP partners and just one litigator. The majority of the promotions are in Palo Alto, but there are no new partners in Austin, New York or Salt Lake City.

Other US firms to have recently announced partner promotions include Covington & Burling, where ten partners were made up including three in London. Goodwin Procter promoted 25 to the partnership, with the vast majority based in the firm’s Boston headquarters.