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Partner promotions: 20% of Ropes & Gray new partners in London while McDermott adds three

Ropes & Gray and McDermott Will & Emery are the most recent US firms to announce their partner promotions, with Ropes making up four in the City out of 20 worldwide, while McDermott is promoting three in London out of a total of 33.

At Ropes, the new City partners include Amanda Raad and Marcus Thompson in the government enforcement practice, John Newton in the private equity practice and Fergus Wheeler in finance.

The remainder of the promotions were across seven other offices, with 65% or 13 promotions in total occurring in the firm’s US offices. Outside of the US and UK, just three other promotions were made, with two in Shanghai and one in Hong Kong. The promotions took effect on 1 November.

Meanwhile, McDermott Will & Emery’s 33 partner promotions, which will go into effect on 1 January 2015. The promotions were made in 12 of the firm’s offices.

78% of the firm’s promotions were made in the US, with a total of 26. The three promotions in London include Matthew Herrington in US and international tax; Dhana Sabanathan in private client; and Eleanor West in corporate.

Separately, MWE China Law Offices announced the promotion of another new partner in Shanghai.

McDermott Will & Emery’s co-chair Jeffrey Stone said: ‘It’s not by accident that these 33 exemplary attorneys come from such a wide range of practices and jurisdictions. They are a genuine reflection of our business and the growth we are aiming to achieve as we navigate today’s evolving legal landscape.’