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CMS announces largest ever promotion round with women making up half of 49-strong cohort

CMS has added its name to the growing list of firms increasing their partner intake this year, with its cohort up two on last year’s 47.

It was a particularly improved show for gender diversity as 47% of the 49 new partners globally are women. In the UK, 16 of the firm’s 21 promotions across seven offices were women.

Two years on from the three way merger with Nabarro and Olswang, the firm also upped the ante in London, as 14 were given the nod compared to 11 in 2018.

Aberdeen saw two promoted, while Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield got one new partner each.

Outside the UK, France had the largest intake with seven promoted, while Germany saw a much smaller intake this time around, with just three minted compared to nine last year.

UK senior partner Penelope Warne (pictured) told Legal Business: ‘We have promoted our top talent. We have not gone out of our way to choose women over men. It’s been something which is entirely organic within our firm, not something we have deliberately tried to do in an artificial way. But it’s a very good news story.’

She added: ‘The firm is a growing firm. It’s been a very good year. The combination in the UK with Olswang and Nabarro has been a great success from our perspective. The business has been very busy and that of course enables us to create more career opportunities for all of our people, which is fantastic.’

CMS is the latest firm to increase its promotion round this year, with all Magic Circle firms except Slaughter and May increasing their intake both globally and in the City.

CMS partner promotions in full:


Andrea Potz Employment and pensions – Vienna


Virginie Frémat Corporate – Brussels


Dimitar Zwiatkow Banking and finance – Sofia


Rodrigo Campero Dispute resolution – Santiago


Jelena Nushol Banking and finance – Zagreb
Marija Zrno Corporate/M&A – Zagreb


Benoît Bailly Tax – Paris
Jean-Charles Benois Tax – Paris
Mathieu Daudé Tax – Paris
Bruno Dondero Corporate/M&A – Paris
Christophe Leclère Tax – Paris
Arnaud Reygrobellet Banking and finance, commercial – Paris
Nicolas Riou Tax – Paris


Dr Daniel Otte Corporate/M&A – Cologne
Christoff Soltau Competition and EU-  Hamburg
Dr Peter Wende Dispute resolution – Stuttgart


César Lechuga Perezanta Corporate/M&A, real estate – Mexico City
Luis Fernández Lagunas Energy, corporate/M&A – Mexico City


Cecilia Vargas Employment – Lima
Miguel Viale Banking and finance,  corporate/M&A, project finance – Lima


Łukasz Dynysiuk Corporate/M&A, tax – Warsaw
Marek Oleksyn Intellectual property – Warsaw


Fernando Cruz Trinca Commercial – Lisbon
Nuno Figueirôa Santos Tax – Lisbon


Petra Čorba Stark Corporate/M&A – Bratislava
Michal Hut’an Real estate, energy, infrastructure – Bratislava


Tetyana Dovgan Corporate/M&A – Kyiv

United Arab Emirates

Rob Flaws Technology and media – Dubai

United Kingdom

Paula Kidd Energy – oil and gas – Aberdeen
Carol Nisbet Real estate – Aberdeen
Robert Jones Insurance – contentious – Bristol
Mark McMurray Planning – Glasgow
Jenny Walker Infrastructure and projects – Edinburgh
Lauren Alder Tax – London
Gordon Anton Corporate/M&A – London
Lindsey Barrett Real estate – London
Johanna Clarke Pensions – London
Anna Cope Employment – London
Caitlin Heard Intellectual property – London
Josie Hearnden Real estate finance – London
Tom Jameson Corporate/M&A – London
Eleanor Murray Real estate disputes – London
Jenny Nanalal Financial services and products, risk transactions – London
Thomas Siggers Banking and finance, corporate and leveraged finance – London
Anna Soilleux-Mills Technology and media – London
Pippa Tasker Financial services and products, regulatory – London
Alaina Wadsworth Insurance – contentious  –London
Tanya Francis Real estate – Manchester
Rebecca Roffe Planning – Sheffield