Voge celebrates becoming Latham’s first London-based top dog

After eight months of deliberating, Latham & Watkins has finally today unveiled its new global chair and managing partner. And it’s none other than London-based projects partner Bill Voge.

Voge triumphed in the firm’s partner vote, with more than 50 per cent approval – beating competition from LA-based projects partner Jeff Greenberg and corporate partner Paul Sheridan, based in Washington, DC.

Having previously spent stints in New York and California, Voge currently calls London home. While it’s yet to be set in stone, it looks likely that he’ll continue to be based in the City, becoming Latham’s first-ever non-US based managing partner.

That would mean that Voge would become a member of a fairly select bunch of UK-related US firm heads. This group includes the likes of Davis Polk’s Scottish managing partner Tom Reid and Shearman senior partner Creighton Condon, both of whom have much of their careers in the City.

Whichever side of the pond Voge decides to lay his hat, he’ll have some seriously big shoes to fill when he steps into his new role on 1 January 2015. Latham’s current head, Bob Dell, has been in the role for 20 years. During that time, he’s overseen the firm as it’s ballooned from a $262m outfit with 11 offices, to a $2.2bn mega-firm with 31 outposts scattered worldwide.

Over to you, Bill.

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