Linklaters meets gender diversity target for third consecutive year in latest promotion round

Magic circle firm elevates 41 to its partnership, with 17 women making the cut – just above its 40% goal

Linklaters remains on track with its gender diversity plan Images courtesy of Linklaters

Linklaters has promoted 17 women out of 41 new partners in its latest promotion round, achieving its gender diversity target for a third consecutive year.

The 41% of female promotions was the same proportion as last year, just ahead of the 40% diversity target the firm set in 2020. The firm also hit its annual target for at least 15% of partner promotions in the UK and US to be from minority ethnic backgrounds.

In addition to the 41 partner promotions, the firm also elevated 53 to counsel globally. All promotions will be effective from the start of May.

Aedamar Comiskey, senior partner and chair of Linklaters, said: “These individuals reflect our commitment to investing in our people and excelling for our clients across our global network. I have no doubt about the ambitions of our new partners and counsel to help us maximise opportunities together.”

The firm’s mainstream corporate practice saw the most partner promotions with 10, followed by banking (six) and capital markets and tax (five each). The dispute resolution team saw four promotions, including Rebecca McGregor and Andrew Poulton in London, Patrick Ashby in New York and Rebecca James in Singapore. That compares to just one disputes lawyer in the 2022 cohort.

In total, the broader corporate division accounted for 20 promotions and finance for 17.

The magic circle firm’s London headquarters bagged the most promotions, with 16 making partner. Its mainland Europe offices saw 14 promotions (including two apiece in Paris and Brussels), while Asia saw seven (five of which in Hong Kong), the Americas three and just one in the Middle East (Dubai capital markets lawyer Dalia Nammari).

Outside of those promotions, Arthur Peng and Benran Huang have also been promoted to the equivalent of partner at Zhao Sheng Law Firm, its joint operation in China.

Earlier this month, Slaughter and May added 10 to its partnership, with women making up 40% of the intake. That is a significant improvement on 2022’s round, when just one of eight promotions were female.

In January, Hogan Lovells promoted 38 to partner, with women accounting for almost 60% of the cut.

The full list of new Linklaters partners

William Leslie, Antitrust and Foreign Investment, Brussels
Marcus Pollard, Antitrust and Foreign Investment, Hong Kong
Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo, Banking, Lisbon
James Godfrey, Banking, London
Sam Mahboubian, Banking, London
Begoña Martinez, Banking, Madrid
Diego Esposito, Banking, Milan
Rhéa Christophilopoulos, Banking, Paris
Min Fang, Capital Markets, Hong Kong
Anne-Sophie Vankemmelbeke, Capital Markets, Brussels
Dalia Nammari, Capital Markets, Dubai
Lucy Sidey, Capital Markets, London
Richard Hay, Capital Markets, London
Nick Marshall, Employment and Incentives, London
Mark Veitch, Energy and Infrastructure, Singapore
Kishore Bhindi, Financial Regulation, Hong Kong
Elizabeth Dowd, Financial Regulation, London
Olena Tokman, Investment Funds, Frankfurt
Hibban Ahmed, Investment Funds, Hong Kong
Raoul Heinen, Investment Funds, Luxembourg
Rebecca McGregor, Dispute Resolution, London
Andrew Poulton, Dispute Resolution, London
Patrick Ashby, Dispute Resolution, New York
Rebecca James, Dispute Resolution, Singapore
Marleen Wessel, Mainstream Corporate, Amsterdam
Jane Hager, Mainstream Corporate, Berlin
Andreas Zenner, Mainstream Corporate, Dusseldorf
Carl Sanders, Mainstream Corporate, Frankfurt
Donnelly Chan, Mainstream Corporate, Hong Kong
Matthew Hearn, Mainstream Corporate, London
Alex Lehtinen, Mainstream Corporate, London
Nicole Meyer, Mainstream Corporate, London
Lucy Reeve, Mainstream Corporate, London
Mehdi Boumedine, Mainstream Corporate, Parus
Sam Lintonbon, Tax, London
Rhian Parker, Tax, London
Gabriel Grossman, Tax, New York
Michelle Lo, Tax, New York
Danièle Buchler, Tax, Luxembourg
Rich Jones, TMT IP, London
Greg Palmer, TMT IP, London

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