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Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted 29 new Counsel and three to professional support consultant across the firm.

These promotions demonstrate each lawyer's exceptional commitment and contribution to the firm and its clients. Their expertise and specialist skills will support the growth and success of the firm's client service and global network.

Their appointments take effect on 1 May 2020.


Corporate: Irina Akentjeva, Energy/Infrastructure, Singapore (Of Counsel)

Disputes: James Allsop, International Arbitration and Corporate Crime & Investigations, Tokyo (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Cellia Cognard, M&A/Corporate, Jakarta* (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Joseph Fisher, M&A, Tokyo (Of Counsel)

Finance: Keith Gamble, Project Finance – Energy & Infrastructure, Tokyo (Of Counsel)

Corporate: James Gong, Projects, Beijing (Of Counsel)

Disputes: Michael Long, Litigation, Hong Kong (Senior Consultant)**

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Tess Lumsdaine, Employment, Hong Kong (Senior Consultant)**

Corporate: Ken Nam, Energy, Seoul (Of Counsel)



Disputes: Carla Aumann, Construction and Infrastructure Dispute Resolution, Melbourne/Sydney (Executive Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Wendy Fauvel, Employment and Industrial Relations, Brisbane (Executive Counsel)

Disputes: Timana Hattam, Construction and Infrastructure Dispute Resolution, Melbourne (Executive Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Nerida Jessup, Workplace Health and Safety, Sydney (Special Counsel)

Corporate: Francine Kinkade, M&A/Private Equity, Sydney (Executive Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Julie Marotta, Workplace Health and Safety, Melbourne (Special Counsel)

Corporate: Julia Massarin, Financial Services Regulatory, Melbourne (Special Counsel)



Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Elisabeth Debregeas, Employment, Paris (Of Counsel)

Disputes: Maria Dolotova, Disputes/International Arbitration, Moscow (Of Counsel)

Real Estate: Alvaro Gross, Real Estate Funds, Retail & Construction Law, Madrid (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Danil Guryanov, Corporate/M&A, Moscow (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Oxana Koerner, Projects/Construction, Moscow (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Sophie de Labrouhe, M&A, Paris (Of Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Anja Lingscheid, Employment, Frankfurt (Of Counsel)

Disputes: Nicolas Pol, Commercial Litigation, Paris (Of Counsel)



Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Michael Aherne, Pensions, London (Of Counsel)

Finance: Elliot Beard, Corporate Debt Finance and Treasury, Acquisition & Leveraged Finance, London (Of Counsel)

Competition, Regulation and Trade: Helen Bignall, Anti-Trust and Compliance, Competition Damages, Merger Control, London (Of Counsel)

Real Estate: Kathryn Oie, London (Of Counsel)

Finance: Soumya Rao, Fund Financing, Institutional Investors and Emerging Markets, London (Of Counsel)


Professional support consultants:

Antonia Kirkby, Public M&A, Corporate, London

Ceri Morgan, Banking Litigation, London 

Milagros Sanz, Insurance Disputes, Madrid