Young Gun among Debevoise partner promotions

John Rife, who was named in Secondaries Investor's 2017 list of the most impressive industry professionals under 36, is one of five to make the step up at the firm.

John Rife

A Debevoise & Plimpton lawyer who featured on Secondaries Investor‘s Young Guns list has been promoted to partner.

London-based John Rife, who ranked 18th in the 2017 list of the top secondaries professionals under 36, is one of five at Debevoise to be promoted to partner, according to a statement from the firm.

Sitting in the corporate department and investment management group, Rife advises sponsors on fund formation and operations across private equity, secondaries and real assets, and works with investors and sponsors on secondaries transactions, including GP-led processes.

His professional history includes advising on the formation of Deutsche Bank’s SOF III fund and the recapitalisation of a Newport Global Advisors fund, as Secondaries Investor reported last year.

Erin Cleary, a tax lawyer who works on private equity fund formation and transactions, and Christopher Anthony, a private equity M&A lawyer, were also promoted to partner.

The promotions are effective 1 July.

More than 40 percent of all internal promotions to partner at the firm over the past 11 years, including this year, have been women, the statement noted.

In January Debevoise promoted secondaries lawyers Cate Bae, Allison Lee and Zahra Khosrovi to the position of counsel, equivalent to a salaried partner.

Debevoise’s private equity team comprises more than 200 lawyers globally, according to its website.