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US partner promotions: Quinn Emanuel makes up one in London in global round of nine

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has promoted one partner in the City in a global promotions round which saw the firm elect nine new partners globally in locations including New York, Washington and Hong Kong.

In the latest promotion round, which takes effect from 1 January 2016, Epaminontas Triantafilou is the only London promotion. He specialises on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as public international law.

Quinn’s New York office saw the largest round of promotions, with three counsel promoted to partner. Two were promoted in Washington, with the firm’s San Francisco office, Silicon Valley office and Sydney and Hong Kong offices seeing one promotion apiece.

Overall this latest round has two fewer promotions than in 2014, which saw 11 new partners, all of which came from the US except German partner Jan Ebersohl. Quinn had been increasing its partner promotions in recent years, with 2013 being the biggest promotion round ever, when 13 lawyers were made up.

Meanwhile White & Case has promoted London-based lawyer Amanda Cowell to counsel in its latest round of promotions to local partner and counsel level. Cowell, who works in the firm’s global commercial litigation practice, advises on domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, primarily working with corporate and banking clients.

In total, White & Case promoted 16 of its lawyers to counsel and nine to local partner across locations including Istanbul, Berlin, Prague and Tokyo. In addition, the firm hired 14 counsel and 12 local partners during 2015.

Appointing just one London lawyer to counsel, contrasts with the full global partnership round in October, where the firm focused heavily on the City, with eight of its 31-strong promotions based in the City. While six (16%) of last year’s round comprised London promotions, this year’s round saw 26% of the promotions handed to City lawyers.

The new partners at Quinn Emanuel are:

Jordan Jaffe, litigation, San Francisco

David Mader, litigation, New York

Ben O’Neil, litigation, Washington D.C.

Matthew Robson, litigation, New York

Daniel Salinas-Serrano, arbitration, Washington D.C.

Maaren Shah, litigation, New York

Epaminontas Triantafilou, arbitration, London

Mark Tung, litigation, Silicon Valley

Duncan Watson, litigation and arbitration, Sydney and Hong Kong