Latham & Watkins promotes 44 to partnership in record-equalling round

New York and London offices see most promotions with 11 and 10 respectively
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Latham & Watkins has created 44 new partners in its latest promotions round, equalling last year’s record intake.

The US accounted for 68% of this year’s cohort, with Europe making up 27% and Asia and the Middle East the rest. The firm’s New York office saw the most promotions in the US with 11, followed by Washington DC with eight, Chicago with four and Boston and the Bay Area with two each. The firm’s San Diego, Century City and Los Angeles offices all saw one promotion each.

London accounted for the majority of the firm’s international promotions with 10, while Singapore, Riyadh, Munich and Frankfurt saw one promotion each.

Women made up 34% of the global promotions, a decline from last year’s 41%, though above the 27% of women in 2020’s cohort. Five of this year’s newly-minted women partners are located outside of the US, including Singapore-based capital markets lawyer Stacey Wong, Riyadh-based M&A lawyer Noor Al-Fawzan and London-based lawyers Clare Nida (white collar defence and investigations), Katie Peek (M&A) and Nell Perks (complex commercial litigation).

The firm’s capital markets practice saw the most promotions with 11, followed by its M&A practice with eight. Latham’s M&A advisory work saw it rank third globally at the end of the third quarter, having advised on 497 deals worth just under $261bn, according to Refinitiv. Meantime, the banking practice saw five partner promotions.

Latham also promoted 46 associates to counsel, 26 of whom were based in the US and the rest across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. New York and Washington saw the most promotions with six each, followed by five in Chicago and four a piece in Singapore and London.

Rich Trobman, Latham’s chair and managing partner, said: “Each [partner and counsel] has earned a reputation for providing high-quality legal advice, a commitment to client service, deep experience in their areas of practice and strong dedication to collaboration and teamwork. They have contributed significantly to our global platform to serve clients around the world.”

The bumper promotion round in London – with one more partner than last year – comes after the firm lost four of its London banking partners to US rival Paul Hastings in July.

The full list of new partners

1. Stacey Wong – Capital Markets, Singapore
2. Noor Al-Fawzan – M&A, Riyadh
3. Gregory Bonné – Antitrust & Competition, London
4. Hugo Bowkett – Restructuring & Special Situations, London
5. Stephan Hufnagel – M&A, Munich
6. Patrick Kwak  – Capital Markets, London
7. Clare Nida – White Collar Defence & Investigations, London
8. Maarten Overmars – M&A, London
9. Samuel Pape – International Arbitration, London
10. Katie Peek – M&A, London
11. Jan Penselin – Capital Markets, Frankfurt
12. Nell Perks, Complex Commercial Litigation, London
13. Hector Sants – M&A, London
14. Ben Wright – Banking, London
15. Carlos Ardila – Project Development & Finance, Washington DC
16. Christopher Bezeg – Capital Markets, Washington DC
17. Andrew Blumenthal – Capital Markets, New York
18. Samir Deger-Sen – Supreme Court & Appellate, New York
19. Michelle Ernst – Intellectual Property Litigation, New York
20. Melissa Fabian – Banking, Washington DC
21. Kathryn George – Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, Chicago
22. Chris Henry – Intellectual Property Litigation, Boston
23. Jennifer Kent – Banking, Washington DC
24. Richard Kim – Capital Markets, Bay Area
25. Nikhil Kumar – Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits, Washington DC
26. Steven Lesan – Complex Commercial Litigation, San Diego
27. John Lister – Banking, Chicago
28. Britt Lovejoy – Connectivity, Privacy & Information, Bay Area
29. Jack McNeily – Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, Chicago
30. Elana Nightingale Dawson – Connectivity, Privacy & Information, Washington DC
31. Caitlin O’Brien – M&A, Century City
32. Devin O’Connor – Environment, Land & Resources, Washington DC
33. Mariclaire Petty – M&A, Washington DC
34. Oliver Prakash-Jenkins – Investment Funds, New York
35. Max Raskin – Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits, New York
36. Eric Rice – Capital Markets, New York
37. Jonathan Sarna – Capital Markets, Chicago
38. Mark Semotiuk – Real Estate, New York
39. David Siegel – Structure Finance, New York
40. John Slater – Capital Markets, New York
41. Salvatore Vanchieri – Capital Markets, New York
42. Matthew Villar – M&A, New York
43. Nathan Whitaker – Banking, Los Angeles
44. Jennifer Yoon – Capital Markets, Boston

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