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CMS network promotes 48 to partner, with Nabarro and Olswang making up two each

Ahead of the triple merger on 1 May, the CMS global network including Nabarro and Olswang have announced their partner promotions for 2017, with females making up 27% of the worldwide total.

The 44 partners made up by the global CMS network mark a significant increase on last year, when 31 lawyers were promoted globally. In that round, women made up 39% of the total new partners, and therefore that figure has slipped since last year. However in terms of UK-based promotions, women make up 40% of new partners.

In this year’s round, associates have been made up in a variety of practices spanning CMS’ 26 worldwide offices. In the UK, David Bridge and Olswang’s Luke Pardey have been promoted in the firm’s dispute resolution and arbitration practice, with Caroline Kurup being made up in employment and pensions. CMS’ real estate practice has been expanded with fellow UK lawyers David Crossley (Nabarro), Amy Norton and Kirsten Partridge, with Olswang’s Helen Wallis being made up in IP. Nabarro’s Jack Shepherd has been promoted in the firm’s corporate practice, while Paul Silver and Duncan Turner have been made up in TMT.

CMS Cameron McKenna senior partner Penelope Warne (pictured) commented: ‘Providing opportunities for progression for all our employees is a key priority for our business. The broad range of countries and practice and sector groups in which the promotions have taken place is testament to the strength and confidence we have in our global business.’

Earlier this year it emerged that 300 support staff roles were set to be cut, ahead of the CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang three-way merger. The decision came after a consultation which ran from 16 January to 3 March, with 650 of 950 support staff members being offered roles in the combined firm.

Read more: ‘Sale of the century – Has Camerons picked up a bargain with Olswang and Nabarro?’

CMS partner promotions in full:

Kerstin Block, banking, Germany
Andrea Zubović-Devedžić, banking, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ulrich Becker, corporate, Germany
Tobias Grau, corporate, Germany
Daniel Jenny, corporate, Switzerland
Christoph Lächler, corporate, Germany
Falk Lichtenstein, corporate, China
Jochen Lux, corporate, Germany
Daniela Murer, corporate, Italy
Jack Shepherd, corporate, United Kingdom
Herman van Aerts, corporate, Netherlands
Michael Wangemann, corporate, Germany

Marquard Christen, competition, Switzerland

Francesca Sutti, competition, Italy
Dieter Zandler, competition, Austria
Florian Block, compliance, Germany
David Bridge, dispute resolution, London
Horia Draghici, dispute resolution, Romania
Pierre Ducret, dispute resolution, Switzerland
Luke Pardey, dispute resolution, London
Jorge Sánchez, dispute resolution, Spain
Sophie Berg, employment and pensions, Belgium
Caroline Kurup, employment and pensions, London
Sofia Mateus, employment and pensions, Portugal
César Navarro, employment and pensions, Spain
Đorđe Popović, energy, Serbia
Randall Walker, energy, UAE
Thomas Böhm, insurance, Austria
Paola Nunziata, IP, Italy
Helen Wallis, IP, London
David Crossley, real estate, London
Johanna Hofmann, real estate, Germany
Christiane Kappes, real estate, Germany
Amy Norton, real estate, Edinburgh
Álvaro Otero, real estate, Spain
Kirsten Partridge, real estate, Glasgow
Thorsten Schätzlein, real estate, Germany
Jozsef Varady, real estate, Hungary
Herman Boersen, tax, Netherlands
Stephane Bouvier, tax, France
Mark Cagienard, tax, Switzerland
Pierre Carcelero, tax, France
Dimitar Hadjiveltchev, tax, France
Diego de Miguel, tax, Spain
Johann Roc’h, tax, France
Christophe Vézinhet, tax, France
Paul Silver, TMT, London
Duncan Turner, TMT, Edinburgh