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US partner promotions: MoFo and Akin Gump make up one each in London

Morrison & Foerster and Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld have both promoted one woman each to their London offices in their 2017 rounds.

Commercial litigation lawyer Gemma Anderson became a partner in MoFo’s London office on January 1. Specialising in complex contractual and financial matters, technology disputes, and contentious insolvency and restructuring issues, Anderson is dual qualified in England & Wales and New Zealand. The single promotion in London is the same as last year when the firm promoted capital markets lawyer Scott Ashton in a global round of 12.

Alongside Anderson, the firm promoted one other in Europe as part of its 15 strong promotion round. Technology lawyer Christiane Stuetzle, the firm’s co-chair of global film and entertainment, has become a partner in the firm’s Berlin office. Two partners have been made up in MoFo’s offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Tokyo. New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, Northern Virginia and Denver will each receive one new partner.

Sophie Donnithorne-Tait has been promoted to partner in Akin Gump’s London office. She became partner on January 1 and is the only lawyer to be promoted across Akin Gump’s European offering. Last year the firm made up three partners in the City.

New York saw the majority of Akin Gump’s promotions with six taking up the role of partner. Washington DC will gain Annisah Iman Um’rani as a partner while Mahmoud Baki Fadlallah will be based both in the firm’s Dubai and Washington DC offices. Daniel Moffett has become a partner in Akin Gump’s San Antonio office.

Other firms recently making their global promotions round include Hogan Lovells, Jones Day and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. As part of a round of 29, Hogan Lovells appointed three in the City while Jones Day made up five London partners as part of a 47-strong global round and Cadwalader made up 10, including two in the City.