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Cravath Elects 11 Partners, the Most in at Least a Decade (1)

Oct. 29, 2020, 10:07 PMUpdated: Oct. 29, 2020, 10:46 PM

Cravath Swaine & Moore has elected its largest partner class in at least a decade, the firm announced Wednesday.

The Wall Street firm has elected 11 new partners to its ranks, surpassing recent years when it’s number of promoted partners has remained in the single digits. The bigger elected class has come in a challenging year for the broader legal industry due to the coronavirus crisis.

Michael Arnold, Heather Benjamin, Matthew Bobby, Daniel Cerqueira, Alexandra Denning, Helam Gebremariam, Matthew Jones, Matthew Kelly, David Korn, Brittany Sukiennik and Andrew Wark will all become partners of the firm on Jan. 1, 2021.

Last year the firm elevated six of its associates to partnership, with all but one in its litigation group. In 2018, the firm had an all-female class, electing only three new partners to its ranks. In addition to being larger, the new 2020 class adds more racial and gender diversity to the firm’s partnership.

Arnold, Cerqueira, Jones, Kelly, and Wark will become partners in the firm’s corporate department, while Gebremariam, Korn and Sukiennik will be in Cravath’s litigation group. Benjamin and Denning will be the trust and estates department’s newest partners and Bobby will become the latest partner in Cravath’s executive compensation and benefits department.

“Each of our new elects has made substantial contributions to our Firm, serving as trusted legal advisors to our clients and demonstrating the character and collaborative spirit that we want to define our partnership,” said Cravath presiding partner Faiza Saeed in a statement to Bloomberg Law. “We are delighted to welcome them as partners of the Firm.”

(Updated to include additional diversity information in paragraph four)

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