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Partner promotions: Trowers promotes nine as Debevoise makes up third of six-strong round in the City

Continuing the trend of bumper partner promotions by law firms this year, Trowers & Hamlins has made up more than double the number of lawyers it did in 2014 with nine joining the partnership, while Debevoise & Plimpton, which has missed London out in recent years, made up a third of its round in the City.

Debevoise’ London office was the only outpost outside of New York to benefit from the round, with the promotion of investment management specialist Sally Gibson and litigator Richard Lawton to the firm’s partnership. Gibson primarily advises on regulatory issues facing private equity and fund management though has also been involved in restructuring work while Lawton has experience in a range of disputes matters including corporate litigation and investigations work stemming from corporate collapses and restructurings.

In New York four lawyers made partner, with Scott Selinger and Jennifer Chu both promoted in the corporate department while executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer Meir Katz and Jim Pastore in the cyber security and data privacy practice completed the round. All six will become partners effective on 1 July 2015.

Meanwhile, London was the largest recipient of Trowers’s promotions with two-thirds of those making partner doing so in the City while Manchester, Exeter, and Abu Dhabi were also bolstered by new partners.

Real estate partners Katie Todd and Julian Keith both made the cut in the City and were joined by Youssef Boulos in corporate, public sector commercial specialist Lucy Doran, projects lawyer Stuart Wilson and litigator Theresa Mohammed.

Outside of the city, real estate continued to be the focus with new partners Matthew Holbrook in Manchester and Rachel Carter in Exeter both part of that practice area.

The firm made one international promotion with Johannes Eisser enhancing its corporate practice in Abu Dhabi. Eisser primarily works on M&A, foreign direct investment and joint ventures, and has experience in a range of sectors including telecoms, manufacturing, oil and gas, and retail. Last year, the firm promoted just four lawyers to its partnership with three of those based in the Middle East.

Last month, Pinsent Masons announced a record 29 partner promotions, which took its total partnership to over 400, while Addleshaw Goddard doubled its round to 18.