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New York’s Sullivan & Cromwell has announced that partners Vanessa K. Blackmore and Robert M. Schlein have become co-managing partners of the firm’s London office. “The appointment of Vanessa reflects the importance of our U.K. law practice, and Rob has a leading transactional practice in Europe and the U.S.,” H. Rodgin Cohen, the firm’s chairman, said in a news release. “The addition of Vanessa and Rob to our London leadership team is the latest in a series of initiatives we have taken to strengthen our European practice.” Blackmore, who is English-law qualified, joined the firm as a partner in July 2006. She has a broad-based corporate finance practice. Schlein joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 2001. He is a member of the corporate practice group and has a broad-based multinational transactional practice. William A. Plapinger, who has served as managing partner of the London office for the past 13 years, will continue working there as coordinator of the firm’s European offices. Sullivan & Cromwell’s practice in Europe consists of more than 120 lawyers, including more than 70 in London. Firmwide, it has more than 700 lawyers on four continents.

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