Freshfields makes up six City lawyers in largest promotions round since 2012

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted six City lawyers in its largest promotions round since 2012.

A total of 18 lawyers have been made up globally and will join Freshfields’ partnership this May.

The magic circle firm has generally reduced its partnership promotions in recent years, since making up 20 partners in 2012.

Last year Freshfields made up 16 new partners globally, including five in London.

The entire London cohort trained at Freshfields. Nicholas Frey and Nicholas Williams will become partners in the dispute resolution team, while James Scott will be a partner in the corporate team.

London-based finance lawyer Richard Hart, tax lawyer May Smith and competition lawyer Michele Davis complete the City set.

Source: The Lawyer

Freshfields’ global corporate department saw the largest promotions round this year, with seven lawyers made up in total.

Two corporate lawyers have been made up in Beijing – a reverse on last year’s promotions in which no Asia-based partners were made up.

Other Asia-based promotions include competition associate Kaori Yamada, who is based in Tokyo.

There was one partner promotion in the New York office (corporate lawyer Omar Pringle), as well as another in Dubai (dispute resolution lawyer Sami Tannous). All of the remaining seven promotions come from Freshfields’ continental European offices, with Milan seeing its first promotion since 2011.

London, New York, Vienna and Dubai are the only offices that have seen promotions in each of the last three years.

Freshfields is the first of the magic circle to reveal its 2017 partners round. Only one other UK top 20 firm has announced this year’s promotions – Pinsent Masons promoted 16 lawyers earlier this week.

Source: The Lawyer

Partner promotions in full:

Antitrust, competition and trade

Michele Davis, London
Kaori Yamada, Tokyo


Yan Chen, Beijing
Lars Meyer, Frankfurt
Omar Pringle, New York
Hanneke Rothbarth, Amsterdam
Simon Schwarz, Frankfurt
James Scott, London
Jason Xu, Beijing

Dispute resolution

Nicholas Frey, London
Michael Ramb, Berlin
Sami Tannous, Dubai
Nicholas Williams, London

Employment, pensions and benefits

Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger, Vienna


Richard Hart, London
Robin Helmke, Frankfurt


Roberto Egori, Milan
May Smith, London

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