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Allen & Overy names Sydney partner in 39-strong global cohort

Global law firm Allen & Overy has announced a plethora of new partner promotions – including one in the Sydney office.

user iconLauren Croft 02 May 2022 Big Law
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Allen & Overy has announced the promotion of 39 new partners globally. The new appointments represent 17 offices across the firm’s global network, and 36 per cent of the new partners are women.

As part of the global promotions, Saranpaal Calais has been appointed as the newest Australian partner in the Sydney office – and will be the first turbaned Sikh partner at a major law firm in Australia, in what the firm has called “an important cultural milestone”.


Currently a senior associate at A&O working in technology and digital law, Mr Calais’s promotion will officially come into effect on 1 May 2022. 

The promotions span across five of A&O’s main practice areas, with 13 new partners in banking, 12 in corporate, nine in litigation, four in ICM, and one in tax.

Global managing partner Gareth Price said that this promotions round is among the largest in the firm’s history.

“The talent represented by this group of new partners is exceptional and I’d like to offer my congratulations to each of them. That this is one of the largest groups we have ever promoted demonstrates our continuing growth ambitions across multiple geographies and practice areas,” he said.

The other 38 new partners across the firm’s global offices are Erik-Jan Wagenvoort, Adam Banks, Kamar Jaffer, Daniel Tan, Brendan McCarthy, Emma Danforth, Hannah Gates, Megan Lawrence, Jan Skuhravy, Thomas Wilkinson, Geraldine Lezmi, Anna Madra, Karen Buzard, Frances Dethmers, Roman Kasten, Jonas Wittgens, Tom Masterman, Andrew Kenning, Monika Przygoda, Catherine di Lorenzo, Sylvain Cailleau, Bosco De Checa, Emilio De Giorgi, Taro Nakashima, James Yao, Paul Allan, Mia Dassas, Francesca Bennetts, Tim Müller, Peter Wehner, Amilcare Sada, Rafi Allos, Guled Yusuf, Thomas Berger, Jill Ge, Claire Rajan, James Gagen and Tim Harrop.

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