CCR&W boosts litigation team with four partners

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells has recruited four new litigation partners in New York as it loses its highly-regarded litigator Mark Pomerantz.

The new partners are Joseph Cyr, Peter Chaffetz, Steven Schwartz and David Lindsey.

Cyr is a big case litigator who represents corporate and financial institutions. He joins from the New York office of Philadelphia's Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he managed the 50-lawyer litigation practice.

Insurance and reinsurance specialists Chaffetz and Schwartz arrive from rival New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. Lindsey, an international commercial arbitrator and litigator, arrives from Miami firm Steel Hector & Davis.

Cyr says: “The former Rogers & Wells, during the past 10 years, has developed into one of the top litigation practices in the US and merging with Clifford Chance really puts the combined firm in the position of being an international litigation powerhouse. It enables it to represent the large financial institutions in New York and London in cross-border litigation in a way that is unmatched.”

Pomerantz is quitting the firm for rival New York practice Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

Pomerantz headed Rogers & Wells' white-collar criminal and regulatory practice. He returned to the firm in September from a two-year term as chief of the criminal division in the US Attorney's office for the southern district of New York.

Regional managing partner for the Americas Larry Cranch says Pomerantz left for personal reasons. “He came back to the firm and decided that he would like to be in another firm and we wish him well and he is going to go off to Paul Weiss.

“When Mark left Rogers & Wells, John Carroll took over as head of the leadership of the white-collar practice.

“We have got a number of partners in that area. The addition of Mark coming back was going to make it even better, and it continues to be one of the pre-eminent white-collar practices.”