Chicago practice pulls in Rogers & Wells partner

CHICAGO law firm Mayer Brown & Platt has recruited London-based Rogers & Wells partner Eric Bettelheim as a member of its derivatives practice.

Bettelheim, who has worked in Rogers & Wells' UK office since 1986, starts with Mayer Brown in London this week.

The Mayer Brown move takes him to his fourth law firm since 1983.

Bettelheim said he was moving from Rogers & Wells because he wanted to work as part of a larger derivatives team.

He had been talking to Mayer Brown for some time, he added.

“There is a much larger team of people here who are focused on financial regulation and derivatives work,” said Bettelheim. “You have to have a substantial team of people in order to be able to service the clients.”

Bettelheim has worked in London for some time, practising with Sidley & Austin from 1983 to 1986 and moving to Finley Kumble.

When Finley Kumble collapsed he joined Rogers & Wells and later worked as London managing partner. In 1993 he returned to full-time practice and was succeeded by Daniel Bushner.

“We wish him well at his new firm,” said Bushner.

He added: “Our offices moved last year and we've doubled the size of the office. In particular our capital markets and banking practice has been rapidly expanding. We expect to add several people this year.”