Clifford Chance stems partner outflow with lateral

Clifford Chance has made a rare hire in the US, taking on a former deputy assistant director from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

James Hart Holden joins the firm’s Washington DC office from serving at the FTC for 14 years where, most recently, he served as deputy assistant director at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Merger I division.

The move is a boost for the firm which is continuing to see a slew of exits from its US operations, mainly from New York and a smattering from the nation’s capital.

Though in recent weeks the firm saw three West Coast-based partners leave in the space of two days.