Latham & Watkins promotes 44 to partner in largest round ever
US giant improves gender balance of latest cohort, with women making up 40% of those getting the nod
US giant Latham & Watkins has promoted 44 associates to partner in its latest round, the firm's largest ever, with 27 of the cohort based in the States and the remainder coming from its offices in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The round is a marked step up from last October, when the Los Angeles-based firm elevated 33 associates to the partnership globally, and also sees 39 lawyers promoted to counsel. The firm has improved the gender balance of its latest cohort compared to last year, with 18 of the 44 newly-minted partners being women, or 41%, up from last October’s 27%.
Latham’s New York office, its largest, saw the most promotions in the US, with seven being made up. This was followed by the Bay Area, with five, while Chicago, Washington DC and Houston each saw three. Los Angeles and Orange County had two apiece and the firm also gave the nod to M&A-focused lawyer John Miller in Boston.
Capital markets specialist Samuel Rettew has been promoted in the firm’s Austin office, which it opened last month with the hire of a three-partner team from DLA Piper and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to focus on emerging growth companies, tech and life sciences clients and VC investors.
This latest round also saw Latham buck its trend of not promoting associates in Asia-Pacific, though out of its six bases in the region only two Hong Kong lawyers, Kieren Donovan of the data and technology transactions team and Zhonghua Shi from the corporate M&A practice, were included.
London saw by far the most promotions in Europe, with nine, while in Germany there were two in Frankfurt, Verena Seevers was made up in the transactional tax practice in Hamburg and Anne Löhner of the complex commercial litigation practice made the cut in Munich. One lawyer, Paolo Bernasconi of the firm's capital markets practice, made the cut in Milan and in Paris Simon Lange was elevated in the corporate M&A team.
Almost a quarter of those made up are in Latham’s corporate M&A practice (10), followed by capital markets (8), banking (5) and transactional tax (4).
The rest of the promotions were fairly evenly split, with three in the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice and two each in data and technology transactions, restructuring and special situations, securities litigation and professional liability and healthcare and life sciences.
Practices areas each to have one new partner are: antitrust and competition, emerging companies, IP litigation, executive compensation, employment and benefits, structured finance and international arbitration.
Rich Trobman, chair and managing partner of Latham & Watkins, commented: “I am incredibly proud of our new partners and counsel. This group of lawyers strengthens our firm and our ability to serve clients around the world in industries that are shaping the global economy. We look forward to their future successes and contributions to our clients and our firm.”
In September, Latham became the latest US firm to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for US personnel, setting an 18 October deadline for staff to be fully vaccinated.
A full list of the promotions is as follows:
Owen Alexander (Chicago): mergers and acquisitions
Morgan Brubaker (Washington DC): data and technology transactions
Aaron Chiu (Bay Area): antitrust and competition
Christopher Clark (Washington DC): capital markets
Jason Gott (Chicago): restructuring and special situations
Meryn Grant (Los Angeles): securities litigation and professional liability
Jared Grimley (Houston): transactional tax
Darren Guttenberg (Orange County): mergers and acquisitions
Eric Kamerman (New York): transactional tax
J. Jekkie Kim (Bay Area): healthcare and life sciences
Alan Kimball (New York): transactional tax
Kendra Kocovsky (New York): banking
Ryan Lynch (Houston): mergers and acquisitions
Ross McAloon (Orange County): capital markets
John Miller (Boston): mergers and acquisitions
Kamal Steven Nesfield (New York): banking
Michael Podolny (Bay Area): emerging companies
Rebecca (Reba) Rabenstein (Washington DC): intellectual property litigation
Samuel Rettew (Austin): capital markets
Brittany D. Ruiz (New York/Los Angeles): capital markets
Leah Sauter (New York): mergers and acquisitions
Bret Stancil (Bay Area): mergers and acquisitions
Helena Tseregounis (Los Angeles): restructuring and special situations
Whitney Weber (Bay Area): securities litigation and professional liability
Scott Westhoff (Chicago): capital markets
Monica White (Houston): capital markets
Jooyoung Yeu (New York): complex commercial litigation
Kieran Donovan (Hong Kong): data and technology transactions
Zhonghua (Stephen) Shi (Hong Kong): mergers and acquisitions
Paolo Bernasconi (Milan): capital markets
Kendall Burnett (London): executive compensation, employment and benefits
Emily Cridland (London): mergers and acquisitions
Robert Davidson (London): banking
Jennifer Gascoyne (London): capital markets
Joseph Kimberling (London): banking
Simon Lange (Paris): mergers and acquisitions
Patrick Leftley (London): structured finance
Anne Löhner (Munich): complex commercial litigation
Alena McCorkle (Frankfurt): complex commercial litigation
Maximilian Platzer (Frankfurt): mergers and acquisitions
Robert Price (London): international arbitration
Verena Seevers (Hamburg): transactional tax
Hendrik Smit (London): banking
Frances Stocks Allen (London): healthcare and life sciences