Cleary makes up London duo in eight-strong partner promotions round

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted eight lawyers to partner across its global network, including two London associates, bringing the firm’s total worldwide partnership to 198.

The firm has also made up four lawyers to the rank of counsel, including one in London. The promotions, which are effective as of 1 January next year, are spread across seven of the US firm’s 16 offices around the world.

In London, Gabriele Antonazzo and Polina Lyadnova – both of whom have been based in in the City since 2007 – have been made up to partner, with capital markets specialist Sarah Lewis promoted to counsel.

Antonazzo, who joined the firm in 2000, has also worked at Cleary’s Rome and New York offices, and focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and restructuring work. He is currently part of the firm’s team advising Rosneft on its $55bn (£34.4bn) acquisition of TNK-BP from BP and AAR.

Meanwhile, Lyadnova, a Russian-qualified lawyer who has spent time in Cleary’s Moscow office, focuses on financial transactions and capital markets. She has worked on several deals for Rusal, the world’s largest producer of aluminum, including a $16.8bn (£10.5bn) debt restructuring and its Russian depositary receipts program.

“I am very proud to introduce our new partners and counsel,” said Cleary managing partner Mark Leddy (pictured). “They reflect our firm’s traditions of legal excellence, internationalism, and diversity.”

Elsewhere, fellow US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced it is adding 43 lawyers to its global partnership this year, with the majority of promotions coming in the US.

The promotions are spread across 12 cities around the world, with none of the new partners based in London.

Last year, McDermott made up 29 partners, all of which were in the US and mainland Europe, while in 2010 Sharon Tan and James Ross were made up in London, marking the firm’s first City promotions for three years.

Cleary partner promotions in full

Gabriele Antonazzo, London – corporate
Luke Barefoot, New York – restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy, litigation
Patrick Bock, Washington DC – antitrust
Francois-Charles Laprevote, Brussels – antitrust
Elizabeth Lenas, New York – private investment fund formation
Polina Lyadnova, London – financial transactions, capital markets
Pamela Marcogliese, New York – capital markets, corporate governance
Paul St Lawrence, Washington DC – structured finance and market regulation
Counsel promotions:
Rudiger Harms, Cologne – litigation and arbitration
Sarah Lewis, London – capital markets
Chris Macbeth, Abu Dhabi – corporate
Emmanuel Ronco, Paris – IP and technology