Camilia Benani_ Neil Macdonald

DLA Piper elects 72 lawyers to its partnership 

DLA Piper has promoted 72 lawyers to its partnership. The promotions are effective as of April 1st in the United States and May 1st for EMEA and Asia Pacific. Promotions have been made across all of the firm’s practice areas, spanning 42 offices in 20 countries. 

The promotions saw the elevation of Camilia Benani (pictured left), Corporate Casablanca office and Neil Macdonald (pictured right), Finance, Projects and Restructuring Abu Dhabi office. 

Camilia Benani advises financial institutions and state-owned companies in oil and gas, mining and infrastructure projects. She was involved in a number of projects in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Neil Macdonald advises on the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of energy and natural resources projects. He has extensive experience assisting clients in the LNG and oil and gas sectors. 

Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO, commented: “DLA Piper is committed to providing our clients with the highest levels of service as a trusted business partner. We do this within the framework of our values of being supportive, collaborative, bold and exceptional. The newly appointed partners are true advocates of these values, making a demonstrable contribution to the success and growth of our firm.” 

Frank Ryan, Global Co-CEO and Global Co-Chair of the Americas, added: “We are transforming how a global law firm serves the world’s most aspiring businesses. Each of these attorneys plays a role in achieving new standards of excellence in how we represent our clients, develop our people, and serve our communities. We are proud to welcome them to our partnership.” 

Globally, Corporate saw the largest intake of new partners with 18 promotions, followed by 12 in both Litigation and Intellectual Property & Technology with 10 in Finance, Projects and Restructuring. Other practice groups included Employment with seven promotions, Real Estate with five, Tax with four and Regulatory & Government Affairs with four. 

Regionally, the US and Continental Europe shared the most promotions with 23 new partners each with Asia, Africa and the Middle East with one promotion each. Other countries included the United Kingdom with 13, Canada and Colombia with three each, Australia with two and New Zealand and Peru with one promotion each.