11 Apr 2022

Kyiv-based lawyer features in record 60-strong CMS partner promotions round

Disputes specialist Olga Shenk joins partner ranks as dispersed Ukraine team remains operational

Headshot of Olga Shenk

Olga Shenk

A lawyer based out of CMS’s Kyiv office is among a record tally of 60 partners being promoted across the firm's global network, up from 52 last year.

Olga Shenk, a counsel who serves as Ukraine dispute resolution coordinator, is one of 39 lawyers being promoted across mainland Europe in a partnership round noticeably skewed towards the continent at the expense of the UK, where there are 15 promotions, down from 23 last year.

Shenk joined the firm in 2016 from Baker McKenzie and was promoted to counsel in 2019. Her practice encompasses litigation, investment and international commercial arbitration, bankruptcy, criminal proceedings and compliance.
 
The firm’s Kyiv office was closed when Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February and remains shuttered for the foreseeable future. However, the Ukraine team is ‘fully operational’ either working remotely or out of a hub in Budapest.

‘We are delighted to promote Olga and be able to acknowledge our great talent in Ukraine,’ a spokesperson said in a statement. 
 
She added: ‘We are pleased and relieved to confirm that all of our Kyiv colleagues remain physically safe and accounted for, with the majority now moved to Budapest or to western parts of Ukraine.’

Elsewhere across CMS’s Central and Eastern Europe network there were three promotions in Austria, and one apiece in Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. 
 
Germany accounted for 11 new partners – the second-highest tally after the UK – four were made up in France, seven in the Benelux region and three in Portugal.

For the first time Norway, home to the latest addition to the CMS network, CMS Kluge, featured on the roster, with two partners being made up.
 
Outside Europe, there were three promotions in Peru and one apiece in Mexico, Kenya and The United Arab Emirates. In all, the appointments spanned 33 cities.
 
Penelope Warne, senior partner of CMS UK said: “We are very pleased to welcome these 60 diverse and talented lawyers to the partnership and congratulate them on achieving this significant milestone.”
 
In terms of the gender balance of the successful candidates, 43% of the cohort are women, up from 37% last year. 
 
A growing number of UK-based firms are publishing diversity targets. However, the CMS spokesperson said the firm ‘aspire[s] for significant and continuous improvement in all areas of diversity rather than strict targets’.
 
She added that 53% of UK and 42% of global promotions have been women over the last four years.

CMS announced the closure of its Moscow office in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 14 March.

Read the GLP UK partner promotions gender diversity tracker

The partners in full
Austria
Philipp Mark, Capital Markets, Vienna
Gabriela Staber, Life Sciences & Healthcare/IP, Vienna
Andrea Potz Employment Vienna
Belgium
David Prync, Corporate & M&A, Brussels
Grégory de Sauvage, Insolvency/White Collar Crime, Brussels
Bulgaria
Nevena Radlova, Commercial & Regulatory, Sofia
Croatia
Mia Kalajdžić, Employment, Zagreb
France
Armelle Abadie, Tax-VAT, Paris
Jean-Hugues de la Berge, Tax, Paris 
Philippe Gosset ,Tax, Paris
Jean-Baptiste Thiénot, IP and Life Sciences & Healthcare, Paris
Germany
Philippe Heinzke, Intellectual Property/TMC, Düsseldorf
Christopher Freiherr von Lilien-Waldau, Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf 
Dr. Boris Alles, Labor, Employment & Pensions, Frankfurt/Main
Dr. Neele Ann Christiansen, Real Estate, Hamburg
Dr. Martin Gerecke, Intellectual Property, Hamburg
Dr. Anja Naumann, Labor, Employment & Pensions, Leipzig
Dr. Markus Kaulartz, TMT, Munich
Dr. Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider, Corporate/M&A, Munich
Dr. Astrid Roesener, Corporate/M&A, Munich
Susanne Schwalb, Dispute Resolution, Munich
Dr. Martin Mohr, Tax, Stuttgart
Kenya
Collette Akwana, Dispute Resolution and TMT, Nairobi
Luxembourg
Aurélia Viémont, Banking and Finance (Regulatory), Luxembourg
Mexico 
Fernando Nava, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Mexico City
Netherlands
Tessa Penninks, Banking & Finance, Amsterdam
Marlous de Groot, Banking & Finance, Amsterdam
Rogier de Very, Intellectual Property, Amsterdam
Clair Wermers, Corporate/M&A, Amsterdam
Norway
Johan Svedberg Corporate, M&A, Funds and Private Equity, Oslo
Espen Debes Corporate, M&A, Stavanger 
Peru
Juan Pulgar-Vidal, Real Estate, Lima
Roberth Rojas, Real Estate, Lima
Victor Farro, Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency, Lima
Poland
Michal Andruszkiewicz, Energy & Projects, Poznan
Portugal
João Paulo Gomes, Employment and Pensions, Funchal
Manuel Cassiano Neves, Energy and Environment, Lisbon
Nuno Mansilha, Lusophone Africa, Lisbon
Romania
Cristina Popescu, Commercial & Regulatory, Bucharest
Serbia
Nedeljko Velisavljević, Dispute Resolution, Belgrade 
Slovenia
Saša Sodja, Corporate/M&A, Ljubljana
Switzerland
Dr. Marjolaine Jakob, Insolvency and Restructuring, Zurich
Turkey
Alaz Eker Ündar, Banking & Finance, Istanbul
Ukraine
Olga Shenk, Litigation & Arbitration, Kyiv
United Arab Emirates
Ben Gibson, Media and Technology, Dubai
United Kingdom
Valentina Santambrogio, Corporate, London
Kate Badr, Corporate, London
Bruce Harvie, Corporate, Edinburgh
Kate Darracott, Corporate, Edinburgh
Jackie Vallat, Competition, London
Rosalind Morgan, Environment, Health & Safety, Aberdeen
Kerry Langton, Finance, London
Tom Hughes, Finance, London
Kirsty Nurse, Finance, Edinburgh
Chris Bradshaw, Insurance & Reinsurance (Contentious), London
Will Anderson Litigation & Arbitration, Edinburgh
Dave Lawson, Real Estate, Manchester
Martin Garner, Real Estate (Disputes), Sheffield
Rob Whiddett, Real Estate Finance, London
Jacob Gilkes, Tax, London
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