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International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills announced today the promotion of 20 lawyers to its global partnership. The promotions take effect on 1 May, 2016.

Demonstrating the firm's commitment to investing in its global network of offices and creating a diverse partnership, the appointments cover 11 offices, with 10 partners based in the UK and EMEA region, and 10 in Asia-Pacific, including 4 in key markets in Asia. Six of this year's partner promotions are women.

The new partners are focussed on supporting the firm's clients in core practices and sectors including corporate, disputes, employment, pensions & incentives, energy, finance, M&A, projects and real estate.

The new partners and their principal areas of practice are:


Silke Goldberg – Corporate, London
Stephen Newby – Corporate, London
Caroline Rae – Corporate, London
John Taylor – Corporate, London
John Corrie – Disputes, London
Mike McClure – Disputes, Dubai
Moritz Kunz – EPI, Frankfurt
Laure Bonin – Finance, Paris
Robert Carr – Real Estate Finance, London
Shona Grey – Real Estate, London


Nick Baker – Corporate, Melbourne
Dongho Lee – Corporate, Seoul
Vik Tang – Corporate, Jakarta
Zhong Wang – Corporate, Beijing
Brad Strahorn – Disputes, Sydney
Rohan Doyle – EPI, Brisbane
Katie Gray – Finance, Singapore
Laura Sheridan Mouton – Finance, Sydney
Kristen Percy – Projects, Sydney
Chris Skordas – Project Finance, Melbourne

Sonya Leydecker, Joint CEO, commented:  "This round of promotions brings to the partnership another highly-talented group of new partners who are vital to the success of our business.   Drawn from around our global network, they reflect our continued investment in developing our market-leading offering across geographies, products and sectors."

Mark Rigotti, Joint CEO, added:  "I am delighted that once again a significant number of our new partners are women, underlining our commitment to working towards our target of a 30% female partnership by 2019."

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