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Partner promotions: Freshfields drops round to 16 following steady increases since 2013

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

Dispute Resolution

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

Real Estate

Vikki Hills, London


David Beutel, Munich