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Linklaters elects 26 new partners as round size increases again but misses female partner target

Linklaters has promoted 26 new lawyers to its partnership, increasing the size of its promotions round for the fourth year in a row.

The firm made up eight new partners in its Silk Street headquarters. The remaining European split has seen four made up in Germany, with three in Frankfurt and one in Munich, three made up in Paris and one a piece in Warsaw, Lisbon, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

In Asia, the firm made up two partners in Singapore and Hong Kong and one in Shanghai, while the firm also added a further partner to its Abu Dhabi office and another lone partner in the firm’s New York office.

Last year, the firm made up a 24-strong round, but the London cohort represented a larger share, with 10 partners promoted.

The London team sees Fionnghuala Griggs and Kanyaka Ramamurthi made up in corporate; Reza Taylor made up in capital markets; Ian Callaghan in banking; Ilia Ditiatev in projects; Yohan Liyanage made up in TMT and IP; and Mavnick Nerwal and James Morgan in tax.

This year’s promotions came ahead of the firm’s global partners meeting for the first time, with partners voting electronically and allowing the new partners to attend the 2017 partnership conference in Monaco. The male to female split, however, remained disappointingly low, with just five female partners (19%).

Linklaters senior partner Charlie Jacobs (pictured) said: ‘As excited as we are by today’s announcement, we are disappointed that we have failed to reach our target for female partners in this year’s election. We remain absolutely committed to this important goal and acknowledge that despite firm-wide progress on diversity, we must and will strive to do better.’

The City round remains larger than Magic Circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s latest bumper London round, which saw the firm add six partners to its Fleet Street office. The total promotions round saw Freshfields add 18 partners in total across its offices.

Linklaters partner promotions in full:

Alexander Harmse, capital markets, Amsterdam

Andreas Dehio, financial regulation group, Frankfurt

Andrew Jennens, banking, Abu Dhabi

Burkhard Rinne, capital markets, Frankfurt

Christian Schmitt, dispute resolution, Frankfurt

Dirk Horcher, mainstream corporate, Munich

Fionnghuala Griggs, mainstream corporate, London

Ian Callaghan, banking, London

Ilia Ditiatev, projects, London

Iris Leung, capital markets, Hong Kong

James Morgan, tax, London

Janusz Dzianachowski, real estate, Warsaw

Jean-Charles Jais, dispute resolution, Paris

John Xu, mainstream corporate, Shanghai

Kanyaka Ramamurthi, mainstream corporate, London

Laure de Panafieu, employment and incentives, Singapore

Laurent Victor-Michel, mainstream corporate, Paris

Mavnick Nerwal, tax, London

Melinda Perera, banking, Luxembourg

Parthiv Rishi, mainstream corporate, Singapore

Pierre Thomet, mainstream corporate, Paris

Reza Taylor, capital markets, London

Robert Trust, banking, New York

Rui Camacho Palma, tax, Lisbon

Sumit Indwar, financial regulation group, Hong Kong

Yohan Liyanage, TMT IP, London