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Partner promotions: Norton Rose announces 45-strong round with women making up 40%

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has announced its partner promotions for 2017, with 45 associates being made up in offices across the world. Of the 45, 18 are female partners, constituting 40% of the total round.

The promotions mark a slight increase on last year’s iteration when 39 associates were promoted globally. In that round, female partners accounted for 31% of promotions, meaning the figure has grown since last year. Corporate, M&A and securities, and dispute resolution dominate the practice areas seeing added depth, with both practices seeing 13 new partners each. Other practices receiving new partners are IP, banking and finance, employment and labour, real estate, regulation and investigations, insolvency and tax.

Partners have been made up in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America and Australia. In terms of UK-based promotions, NRF has appointed eight new partners across its corporate, M&A and securities, dispute resolution and banking and finance practices, effective 1 May 2017.

Nicholas Berry, Victoria Birch, Charlotte Henry, Noleen John and Claire O’Donnell have all been promoted to the firm’s London-based corporate, M&A and securities team, with Neha Khosla and Andrew Wood being made up in banking and finance. The only new partner in the firm’s London-based dispute resolution practice is Holly Stebbing.

NRF global chief executive Peter Martyr (pictured) commented: ‘These promotions underline our ongoing investment and commitment to our industry strengths and practice areas. As we continue to grow globally these individuals will further support our clients and our own global ambitions.’

In March 2017, NRF made a series of managerial changes to its Far East offices. Corporate, M&A and securities partner Psyche Tai was appointed head of the firm’s Hong Kong office, with Yu-En Ong chosen to lead the Singapore office. In addition, project finance partner Nick Meritt was appointed as head of Asia business strategy.

NRF City partner promotions:

Nicholas Berry, corporate, M&A and securities, London

Victoria Birch, corporate, M&A and securities, London

Charlotte Henry, corporate, M&A and securities, London

Noleen John, corporate, M&A and securities, London

Neha Khosla, banking and finance, London

Claire O’Donnell, corporate, M&A and securities, London

Holly Stebbing, dispute resolution, London

Andrew Wood, banking and finance, London