Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has promoted 23 lawyers to its partnership – including 12 in Asia.

The firm said the partnership promotions, which took effect on May 1, reflected a new commitment to business in the Far East, with nine of the new partners focused on the Greater China region alone.

The promotions are in addition to the 14 new partners admitted to the firm as a result of the finalised mergers with Chang Pistilli & Simmons and Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe in Australia.

David Childs, Clifford Chance manager partner, said: ‘These new partners represent the future of the firm.

'They already play leading roles in the development of our business and in ensuring that Clifford Chance provides the most integrated high-quality client offer of any international law firm.

‘The significant number of promotions in Asia this year reflects the vibrant nature of our business in the region, which is further bolstered by the enthusiasm and dedication of these individuals.’

The total number of partners at Clifford Chance now stands at 577.