CMS UK senior partner: 'Delighted by the strong representation of women'
CMS has promoted 41 partners across its network with both the number of new partners and the proportion of female appointees declining after a record year in 2019.
New appointments at the top 20 global firm have dipped by eight from 49 in 2019 with the percentage of women partners slipping from 47% to 41%.
In the UK, where senior partner Penelope Warne is a leading proponent of the need for the profession to improve its gender diversity, half of the 18 new partners are women, although this represents a fall from last year’s eye-catching result when 76% of the UK appointees were female.
Globally, around 20% of CMS’s partners are female, a proportion that rises to 32% in the UK, where 45% of the UK board are women.
Warne said: “We are very pleased to recognise the great talent and skills we have across the firm. We are also delighted by the strong representation of women joining as new partners and are very committed to investing in all our people and empowering all of them to reach their full potential.”
Mainland Europe accounted for 20 of the new partners — of whom six (30%) are women.
There was just one new partner promoted across CMS’s Latin America network compared to five last year. That honour went to Mexico City based projects and infrastructure specialist Marcia Santomé Sánchez.
This year’s regional tally is completed by the promotion of two Kenyan lawyers: disputes specialist Grace Kinyanjui and corporate lawyer Samson Mac’Oduol.
They only joined the CMS network last October, when Kenyan firm Daly & Inamdar Advocates signed up to the network along with South Africa’s RM Partners.
In terms of practice areas, the largest proportion — nine — were corporate specialists followed by real estate and disputes, which both accounted for six partners.
Tax (four), finance (four) and IP (three) were the next most popular practice areas.
New partners by country:
Benoît Provost - Corporate/M&A
Céline Cloché-Dubois - Environment, Public Law, Energy & Climate Change
Deana D’Almeida - Tax
Frédéric Bertacchi - Tax
Matias Labé - Tax
Dr André Frischemeier - Banking & Finance
Dr Christoph von Eiff - Corporate/M&A
Dr Daniel Kaiser- Commercial Criminal Law/Criminal Tax Law & Compliance
Philipp Schönnenbeck - Real Estate & Public
Fabrizio Alimandi - Tax
Grace Kinyanjui - Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Employment, IP
Samson Mac’Oduol - Corporate/M&A, Employment,Infrastructure & Projects, TMC
Sylvain Elias - Corporate/M&A
Marcia Santomé Sánchez - Projects & Infrastructure
Raphaëlle Svara - Private Client
Agnieszka Skorupinska - Environment
Jakub Wieczorek - Banking & Finance
Jakub Podkowa - Banking & Finance
Roxana Fratila - Real Estate & Construction
Artashes Oganov - Real Estate & Construction
Jérôme Levrat - Corporate/M&A
Natalia Kushniruk - Real Estate & Construction
Anna Brackenbury - Intellectual Property
Anna Ralston-Crane - Real Estate
Catherine Merry - Corporate, Employee Incentives
Chris Clark - Capital Markets & Derivatives
Chris D'Emanuele - Real Estate
Jane Hollywood - Intellectual Property
Kushal Gandhi - Litigation & Arbitration
Louise Boswell - Litigation & Arbitration
Louise Dalton - Power
Mark Breslin - Infrastructure, Construction & Energy (ICE) Disputes
Mark Jenkins - Pensions
Rebekah Hayes - Technology & Media
Russell Hoare - Competition
Sam Pout - Corporate
Sarah Innes - Intellectual Property
Theo Godfrey - Corporate
Tim Sales -Litigation & Arbitration
Vanessa Whitman - Banking Litigation