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US partner promotions: Sidley Austin makes up just one in London in reduced round

Sidley Austin is the latest US firm to announce its partnership promotions, electing 24 new partners, but making up just one in London in a reduced partnership round. 

The total number of promotions is 25% less than last year when 32 lawyers were made up, and matches 2013’s level in which 24 Sidley lawyers also made the ranks.

All promotions were made in the US apart from two in Europe – James Oussedik was promoted in London within the investment funds, advisers and derivatives practice while disputes pracitioner Michele Tagliaferri was made up in the Brussels office.

Last year, the US firm’s London office saw two promotions in the corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy, and real estate practice groups, while the year before no City promotions were made.

Sidley’s management committee chair Larry Barden said: ‘Our new partners share a strong dedication to the core values of our firm and exemplify Sidley’s commitment to excellent client service, integrity, diversity and collegiality.’

Sidley’s round comes after Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan made up one in London in a global round of nine, while London provided the bulk of this year’s partner promotions at Shearman & Sterling, with more lawyers joining its partnership in the City than in the US.

In November, Weil Gotshal & Manges focused on New York and London in a reduced round that saw seven of the eight promotions in the two major cities; after Mayer Brown made up two in London from a 27-strong round; while Simpson Thacher & Bartlett promoted nine new partners across the firm including three in London, and fellow Wall Street elite Sullivan & Cromwell only promoted in the US.

The promotions come into effect on 1 January 2016.

The full list of Sidley’s partner promotions: 

Michele Tagliaferri, Complex Commercial Litigation, Brussels

Kathleen Carlson, Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Chicago

John McBride, Intellectual Property Litigation, Chicago

Joseph Paral, Tax, Chicago

Beth Quintana, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives, Chicago

Steven Sexton, Securities and Shareholder Litigation, Chicago

Adam Snyder, M&A, Chicago

Robert Velevis, Complex Commercial Litigation, Dallas

James Oussedik, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives, London

Courtney Rangen, Real Estate, Los Angeles

Michael Rosenfield, Insurance, Los Angeles

David Form, Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives, New York

Neil Horner, M&A, New York

Robert Kao, Global Finance, New York

Sheetal Khera, Global Finance, New York

John Fisher, M&A, Palo Alto

Jaime Bartlett, Securities and Shareholder Litigation, San Francisco

Kwaku Akowuah, Supreme Court and Appellate, Washington DC

Andrew Blake, Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory, Washington DC

Colleen Theresa Brown, Privacy, Data Security and Information Law, Washington DC

Stephanie Hales, Healthcare, Washington DC

Karen Kazmerzak, Antitrust/Competition, Washington DC

Brian Morrissey, White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations, Washington DC

Raj Pai, Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance and Enforcement, Washington DC