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Partner promotions: White & Case doubles its promotion round with London office gaining the most

White & Case has promoted 37 lawyers to its partnership ranks, over double last year’s level of 18, with five made up in London and one further new partner transferring to the city.

Some 65% or 24 of the total number of promotions were awarded in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with the most currently being located in the firm’s Germany practices – three in Frankfurt, two in Berlin and one in Düsseldorf – though Philip Trillmich is set to transfer to London shortly, tipping the balance to the City where he will join five further newly made up partners: Alison Weal, asset finance; Richard Pogrel, capital markets; Prabhu Narasimhan, tax; Daniel Garton, international arbitration; and Marcus Booth, M&A.    

In comparison, the US-headquartered firm made up just ten lawyers in the Americas, including four in New York and two in Washington DC, and a total of three promotions in Asia.

Promotions will go into effect January 1, 2015 across 12 of the firm’s global practices. Of all the partners promoted, ten are English-law qualified, with half based in London, and half outside of the UK. Over the last four years, the firm said it has made up 19 lawyers in London in total.

Last year, White & Case made up 18 partners across the entire firm, down from 28 promotions in 2012.

White & Case City head Oliver Brettle said: ‘The breadth of practices and locations these lawyers represent are indicative of the firm’s ambition to continue to build out our practices across EMEA in line with our global strategy and the needs of our clients.’