White & Case has promoted 26 lawyers to local partner and 14 lawyers to counsel. In addition to the internal promotions, the law firm has hired 11 local partners and 13 counsels this year.
At White & Case, the position of local partner is offered in select regions and locations where it is common market practice including Mexico in the Americas; Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Poland, South Africa and Spain in EMEA; and China, Japan and Korea in Asia-Pacific. It is a recognized career step towards admission into firm partnership.
The role of counsel is for senior lawyers with significant experience in a particular practice area. The title is used across the firm, in all offices, usually as an alternative career path to partnership.
The promotions take effect from January 1 2023.
"Our local partner and counsel promotions span 10 global practices and 19 offices in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, reflecting the diverse and truly global nature of White & Case and our enduring commitment to investing in people for the long term," comments White & Case chair Hugh Verrier. "These lawyers have broad range of skills, experience and backgrounds and are successful in their careers because they combine exceptional ability, dedication to providing clients with the highest standard of service and a commitment to playing their role in the continuing progress of our firm."
In Asia-Pacific, there are seven new promotions:
- Nathaniel Crowley has been named a local partner in the global debt finance practice. He is based in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on advising global financial institutions, sovereigns, funds and corporates on OTC derivatives, structured finance including cash and synthetic securitizations and credit- and equity-linked notes, repo and stock lending transactions, finance-linked hedging, and related regulatory matters.
- Xuan Jin has been named a local partner in the global capital markets practice. He is based in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on advising issuers, sponsors and arrangers across a number of jurisdictions on debt capital markets, including securitizations and other structured finance and private credit, sustainable finance and Islamic finance transactions, particularly in the sovereign, sovereign-related entities, financial institutions and corporate sectors.
- Kibbeum Kim has been named counsel in the global debt finance practice. Based in Hong Kong, Kim is relocating to Seoul. His practice focuses on advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as credit and other special situations funds, on a variety of financings in Asia-Pacific, including leveraged and acquisition financings, direct lending transactions and special situations investments, together with the refinancing and restructurings of such transactions.
- Amy Yang has been named counsel in the global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice. Based in Shanghai, Yang in her practice focuses on advising multinational companies in a variety of sectors on M&A, general corporate, foreign direct investment, employment and regulatory matters, with particular experience in China inbound investment including asset and equity acquisitions, greenfield investment, joint ventures, divestitures and other corporate restructuring.
- Lorraine Yip has been named counsel in the global M&A practice. She is based in Tokyo. Her practice focuses on advising clients on corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, reorganizations, compliance matters and initial public offerings, with significant experience in public and private cross-border M&As in Hong Kong and Japan.
- Olivia You has been named counsel in the global debt finance practice. She is based in Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on advising clients on a variety of finance transactions including syndicated and bilateral loans, leveraged financings, China outbound financings and margin lending transactions.
- Eva Yu has been named counsel in the global debt finance practice. Based in Hong Kong, she focuses on advising clients on a variety of finance transactions, including syndicated and bilateral loans, leveraged financings and real estate financing transactions.
This year White & Case has hired one local partner and three counsels in Asia-Pacific. They include Kristian Bradshaw, local partner, project development and finance, Tokyo; Cameron Rider, counsel, project development and finance, Melbourne; Sidney Tang, counsel, M&A, Sydney; and Ben Wu, counsel, project development and finance, Sydney.