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February 1, 2010 11:10 AM

Eight More Partners Leave White & Case for Latham

Posted by Brian Baxter

Only three days after Latham & Watkins took the bulk of White & Case's banking practice in London, eight more White & Case partners have left the firm to join Latham offices in Abu Dhabi, London, New York, and Riyadh.

Legal Week reports that Glen Ireland, cohead of W&C's global mining and metals group, will join Latham's London office, as will energy and project finance partner Craig Nethercott. The two join former W&C finance partners Christopher Kandel, Sam Hamilton, Brian Conway, and Jayanthi Sadanandan, who left the firm for Latham late last week.

Also leaving W&C for apparently greener Latham pastures are corporate partner Villiers Terblanche and infrastructure and project finance partner Nick Collins in Abu Dhabi. Mohammed Al-Sheikh, the head of W&C's Riyadh office and the cohead of its Islamic finance practice, is leaving the firm with project finance partner Christopher Langdon. In New York, corporate partner Christopher Cross and energy, infrastructure, and project finance partner Clement Fondufe round out the rest of the W&C-to-Latham defections.

Legal Week reports that Terblanche took charge as W&C's relationship partner with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) in 2008 after the firm shuffled its global management structure. The QIA has become a key client of the firm in recent years, with W&C advising on the sovereign wealth fund's $6 billion investment in Credit Suisse in October 2008.

Ireland joined W&C in 2004 from Canadian firm McCarthy T├ętrault, Legal Week reports, while Collins was the first lawyer from W&C's London training program to make partner when he was promoted in 2008.

The additions of the 12 new W&C partners will add significant strength to Latham's bank and energy finance practices in London and the Middle East. Earlier this year Latham lost four partners from its offices in New York, Paris, and San Diego.

Legal Week reports that Latham declined to comment on the new arrivals.

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