Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced 16 lawyers will make the cut to partnership this year, one less than last year when 17 were promoted.
The first round to be revealed by a Magic Circle firm for 2016, Freshfields’ promotions sees five of the total or 29% being made up at its Fleet Street headquarters with Charles Hayes in corporate, Gabriel Mpubani in finance, Craig Montgomery in disputes, Alice Greenwell in employment, and Vikki Hills in real estate, all joining the partnership.
This is an increase from 2015 when just three partners were made up in the City with two in corporate and one in employment.
The remainder of this year’s promotions were mainly across Europe in the Düsseldorf, Paris, Madrid, Vienna offices, alongside New York, Washington DC and Dubai. No promotions were made in Asia.
The partnership round at the Magic Circle firm still has some way to go before reaching the levels of 2011 and 2012, when Freshfields made up 20 partners, although the firm has steadily increased its rounds since 2013 when the firm promoted 14 lawyers and in 2014 when 15 were made up.
The appointments will take effect on 1 May 2016.
The partnership promotion list in full:
Antitrust, Competition and Trade
Katrin Gassner, Düsseldorf
Mary Lehner, Washington
Rob Cant, Dubai
Charles Hayes, London
Florent Mazeron, Paris
Javier Monzon, Madrid
Stephan Pachinger, Vienna
Moritz Becker, Düsseldorf
Craig Montgomery, London
Caroline Richard, Washington
Employment, Pensions and Benefits
Alice Greenwell, London
Haris Meyer Hanif, Dubai
Gabriel Mpubani, London
Ryan Suda, New York
Vikki Hills, London
David Beutel, Munich