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Partner promotions: Allen & Overy makes up 22 to partner in a 40% female round

In its largest promotions round for years, Allen & Overy has made up 22 lawyers to partner with nine of those being women. The round saw just under a third made up in the City while a strong contingent was based in continental Europe.

In London, the Magic Circle firm’s corporate practice was the main beneficiary with Annabelle Croker, Lisa Goransson and Nigel Parker all joining the practice. Two partners join the banking practice, Jocelyn Land and David Oppenheimer, while litigation gained one new partner in the form of Mark Ridgway and US-qualified Jeff Hendrickson joined the international capital markets team (ICM).

The firm made up two new partners in the US with Jean Lee joining the banking practice in Washington DC and litigator Laura Hall being made up in New York. In Asia, just one lawyer made the cut with Fiona Cumming in Hong Kong joining the partnership while in the Middle East, real estate lawyer Ian Bevan was promoted.

Continental Europe saw 11 new partners in total spread across the firm’s offices in Paris, Milan, Madrid, Luxembourg, Brussels, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Last year the firm made up 16 lawyers to partner while in 2013 it was 19, but this round has seen the firm return to previous form with over 20 partners having been made up in 2012 and 2011.

The firm’s managing partner Wim Dejonghe said: ‘This year’s promotions underline our strategy of continued investment in our core developed markets particularly in France, Germany and Spain which make up over 30% of our new partners.’

The full list of new partners is as follows:

Abu Dhabi

Ian Bevan, Real Estate


Aroen Kuitenbrouwer, Banking


Inge Vanderreken, Employment


Stefan Henkelmann, ICM

Markus Kaepplinger, Corporate

Hong Kong

Fiona Cumming, Banking


Annabelle Croker, Corporate

Lisa Goransson, Corporate

Jeff Hendrickson, ICM

Jocelyn Land, Banking

David Oppenheimer, Banking

Nigel Parker, Corporate

Mark Ridgway, Litigation


Peter Myners, Corporate


Inigo Del Val, Corporate

Jimena Urretavizcaya, Banking


Pietro Scarfone, Banking

New York

Laura Hall, Litigation


Alexandre Rudoni, Litigation

Julien Sebastien, ICM

Marie Stoyanov, Litigation

Washington DC

Jean Lee, Banking