Bond Pearce has appointed White & Case London chief operating officer (COO) Chris Schulten as its new finance director.
Schulten joins the Bristol-based firm after two years at New York-headquartered firm's London office.
But his role at White & Case is believed to have been in conflict with that of global COO Jim Latchford, who relocated from New York in June 2005 to become UK executive committee chair. London chief operating partner Neil Upton stood down in the same month.
Schulten said: "In Bond Pearce I find a firm with a lot of potential and I'll be helping it with management challenges, such as those stemming from the speed of its growth and its multi-site operation."
Prior to joining White & Case in 2004, Schulten was European regional operating officer for Baker & McKenzie from 2001 and before that was chief executive at Richards Butler.