Magic circle firm Linklaters has promoted a record number of women to its partnership this year with nine among its 21 appointments.
The number of promotions dropped from 24 last year, when only three of those made up were women.
The elections will bring the total number of global female partners up to 18% of the firm’s 457 partners, an increase from 16% in May 2013.
The appointments cover 11 jurisdictions across eight areas of practice. Of those promoted, 14 are based outside London.
Three senior members of business services have been promoted to associate director and 22 lawyers have also been promoted to counsel.
Research from Chambers Student Guide shows 24% of the firm’s UK partners are female – higher than the rest of the magic circle, which has an average of 19% female partners.
The promotions take effect on 1 May 2014.
The 21 new partners are:
Jorge Alegre, capital markets, Madrid
Markus Appel, mainstream corporate, Berlin
Pornpan Chayasuntorn, banking/capital markets, Bangkok
Peter Cohen-Millstein, mainstream corporate, New York
Tessa Davis, banking/projects, Singapore
Michael Ehret, tax, Frankfurt
Nuno Ferreira Lousa, litigation, Lisbon
Adam Fogarty, capital markets, London
Jonathan Fried, capital markets/projects, Dubai
Motoyasu Fujita, capital markets, Tokyo
Xiaohui Ji, banking, Beijing
Nick Le Masurier, banking (R&I), London
Tracey Lochhead, mainstream corporate, London
Annamaria Mangiaracina, competition/antitrust, Brussels
Matthew Monahan, capital markets, London
Jillian Naylor, employment & incentives, London
Michael Ng, capital markets, Hong Kong
Matthew Poulter, banking/capital markets, New York
Kirsty Thomson, banking (K&L), London
Alison Wilson, litigation, London
Fay Zhou, competition/antitrust, Beijing