Dechert is continuing a recent spate of investment in its London office with the promotion to partner of three in the City amid a scaled up 16-strong global round.
The Philadelphia-headquartered firm has continued its commercial litigation push by making up Matthew Banham and Timothy Bowden from its white-collar crime bench in London, while tax lawyer Daniel Hawthorne has also been promoted.
The move marks Dechert’s biggest UK investment for some time, having made up only one City partner last year and bypassing London altogether the year before.
The City office has also seen a pacey run of lateral hires recently, recruiting Sidley Austin’s London co-head of disputes Dorothy Cory-Wright to head up its commercial disputes practice in July. The previous month, former senior US federal prosecutor Roger Burlingame joined from Kobre & Kim and in September, Hogan Lovells lost its highly-rated private equity partner Robert Darwin to Dechert’s corporate and life sciences team. The firm chalked up 2017 revenues of $977.9m in a seventh consecutive year of growth and now has around 1,000 lawyers across its 27 offices globally.
London management committee member Jason Butwick said: ‘These promotions reflect the firm’s commitment to London and its importance to the firm. Our new partners represent the next generation of Dechert lawyers and further strengthen our global capability.’
The full list of partner promotions, which take effect on 1 January 2019, are:
Matthew Banham, white-collar crime, London
Timothy Bowden, white-collar crime, London
Matthew Carter, corporate and securities, Washington DC
Michael Darby, corporate and securities, Philadelphia
Christopher Desmond, finance and real estate, Boston
Darshak Dholakia, international trade, Washington DC
Matthew Fischer, finance and real estate, New York
Sam Gilbert, finance and real estate, Boston
Gennady Gorel, finance and real estate, Philadelphia
Daniel Hawthorne, tax, London
Angela Liu, securities litigation, Chicago
Stephen Pratt, corporate and securities, Philadelphia
Anne-Charlotte Rivière, corporate and securities, Paris
Erica Stein, international arbitration, Brussels
Jonathan Stott, corporate and securities, Philadelphia
Yang Wang, corporate and securities, Hong Kong