CC’s Arquit in shock resignation for Simpson Thacher

Clifford Chance’s (CC) global co-head of anti-trust Kevin Arquit is defecting to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Arquit, formerly of Rogers & Wells and one of only two of the firm’s partners to remain outside lockstep after the merger with CC, is also thought to be taking fellow anti-trust partner Aimee Goldstein with him to Simpson Thacher.

The departure arrives at a critical time for CC. The firm is attempting to recover from the infamous memo penned by its New York associates, which gained the firm worldwide notoriety.