Linklaters elects 28 new partners and promotes 30 to counsel

April 22, 2008 Linklaters announced the election of 28 lawyers to the partnership. The promotions cover 11 practices, across each of the firm’s three divisions, and 12 offices, with 21 of the new partners based outside London. The new partners include five promoted from counsel.

With the new appointments, effective 1 May 2008, Linklaters’ partnership will number around 540. The new partners are:

Pierre Zelenko - Paris

Investment Management
Lorna Bowen - New York

Mainstream Corporate
Thiago Barbosa Sandim - São Paulo
Matthew Bland - London
Bruno Derieux - Paris
Grigory Gadzhiev - Moscow
Jessamy Gallagher - London
Scott Sonnenblick - New York
Kunal Thakore - Hong Kong (India Group)

Isabel France - London

Chip Gage - New York
David Irvine - Hong Kong
James Martin - London
Yushan Ng - London
Sven Schelo - Frankfurt

Capital Markets
Peter Allen - Moscow
William Liu - Shanghai
Richard O’Callaghan - Dubai
Luis Roth - Paris
Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros - São Paulo

Islamic Finance
Luma Saqqaf - Dubai

François April - Paris

Intellectual Property
Nemone Franks - London

Litigation & Arbitration
Alexandros Chatzinerantzis - Frankfurt
Patrick Robinson - London

Real Estate
Wolfram Krüger - Frankfurt

Thomas Elser - Munich
Javier Garcia-Pita - Madrid

Linklaters also announced the promotion of 28 managing associates and two managing PSLs to counsel with effect from 1 May 2008. The counsel promotions cover 13 practice areas and 14 offices.

David Cheyne, senior partner at Linklaters, said: “Our new partners and counsel are an exceptional group of people and on behalf of everyone at the firm I would like to congratulate them on their promotions. The appointments reflect the breadth and depth of expertise across the firm and highlight our commitment to investing in our practices globally to meet client demand.”

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