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11/16/06

Promotions galore at the U.S. law firms




Promotions galore at the U.S. law firms
Promotions in U.S. law firms have apparently gathered momentum, especially those located on the West Coast. Technology force Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati promoted a number of lawyers in its offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle, and San Diego. The firm also announced the addition of eight new corporate partners, four IP partners, and one litigator.

At the same time, leading law firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker witnessed the promotion of 16 of its associates in its different offices. The move is likely to further enhance the firm's key areas including tax, corporate, M&A, and securities. The London office of Paul Hastings has seen inclusion of tax specialist Justin Hamer as partner, whereas corporate lawyer Erwan Barre has found place as partner in the Paris office. The firm's Hong Kong office now has corporate partner Maurice Hoo who oversees the Asian offices. Besides these three international promotions, all others have been made at U.S. offices.

In keeping with this trend, law firm Covington & Burling promoted ten partners including three in London, while Goodwin Procter promoted 25 attorneys as partners across its offices.

Bingham McCutchen launches Hong Kong office
Already present in Tokyo, Bingham McCutchen has opened a second Asian office in Hong Kong. Entering the China market with a three-lawyer office, Bingham's Hong Kong office will initially cater to specific requirements of its existing financial institution clients.

The new office will primarily concentrate on counseling hedge fund and investment banking clients in their distressed and special situations investments, while also working on financial restructuring and regulatory practice. Formerly the managing partner at the firm's London office, James Roome will head the Hong Kong office, Finance partner Kate Walters, corporate associate Angeli Arora, and associate Charles Rogers will relocate to Hong Kong.

An international law firm with 950 attorneys in 13 offices, Bingham McCutchen represents clients in complex litigation, financing and financial regulatory issues, government affairs, and a variety of corporate and technology matters.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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