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London overlooked: Dentons creates one new City partner amid US-heavy promotion round

In a move that goes against its accelerated global expansion this past year, Dentons has promoted just 47 associates to partner in its 2016 round – with a hefty 79% located in the US and Canada – but just two in the UK.

The firm announced today (9 February) 21 promotions across its US offices with a further 16 made up in Canada. The firm’s European offices accounted for seven promotions across Warsaw (3), Istanbul (2), Prague (1), and Brussels (1).

Corporate M&A associate Daniel Acres was the only individual to make partner in London, while Milton Keynes-based employment associate Sarah Beeby was the only other lawyer promoted from the UK. The firm’s Middle East offering saw one disputes lawyer promoted in Oman.

Practice wise, disputes featured most heavily with 12 promotions, followed by corporate with five, financial institutions, tax, and employment all had three.

Global chair Joe Andrew said: ‘This year’s partner promotions are a testament to Dentons’ polycentric culture and the rich diversity of our people, clients and markets. We are particularly proud that this year, nearly half of our newly promoted partners are women.’

The promotions follow news of Dentons UK, Middle East and Africa LLP accounts for the 2014/15, which revealed the firm’s revenue increased by 6% for the 2014/15 financial year to £157m from £148m, while overall profit before taxation climbed 12% to £42.4m from £37.9m.

For more on Dentons, see our analysis: ‘The pitch’, and the comment piece: ‘Comment: Doing something radical – how Dentons sort of won me over.’


Dentons promoted the following partners in 2016




Rachel Howie, disputes

April Kosten, employment and labour, immigration

Nathan Roberts, corporate and M&A

Doug Schweitzer, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy


Claire Bond, disputes

Keith Hennel, tax

Ameen Tejani, financial institutions


Charles Bardou, corporate


Kelly Elliott, financial institutions


Jesse Brodlieb, tax

Heather Di Dio, pensions, benefits and executive compensation

Hartley Lefton, business law

Alexandra North, financial institutions

Christina Porretta, research


Cindy Cheuk, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

Helen Park, business law, immigration




Nadiya Nychay, competition and antitrust


Gülistan Baltacı, disputes

Semih Sander, disputes


Daniel Hurych, banking and finance


Tomasz Janas, energy

Michał Jochemczak, disputes

Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek, employment and labour




Darren Acres, corporate and M&A

Milton Keynes:

Sarah Beeby, employment and labour


Haleem Mohammed, disputes



Josh Curry, IP and technology

Douglas Eingurt, corporate and M&A

David Gordon, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

Petrina Hall McDaniel, disputes


Mansi Desai, capital markets

Kansas City:

Brian Baggott, disputes

Los Angeles:

Frederic Norris, disputes

New Jersey:

Jonathan Jemison, disputes

New York:

Shujaat Ali, capital markets

Kristina Beirne, corporate and M&A

JillAllison Opell, insurance

Richard Stempler, real estate

Richard Williams, tax


Christopher Lee, hotels and leisure

San Francisco:

Bonnie Lau, disputes

Jason Ross, capital markets

St. Louis:

Danette Davis, real estate

Rachel Milazzo, disputes

Washington, DC:

Younggyu Kim, IP and Technology

Dana Pashkoff, government contracts

Erin Sheppard, government contracts