Skadden loses third partner in a week

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has lost its third partner in a week, with restructuring partner Jan Baker defecting to Latham & Watkins.

Baker has been appointed head of Latham & Watkins’ restructuring group and will be based in the firm’s New York office. It is understood that Baker will be joined by a small team of lawyers from Skadden.

Baker’s departure comes after Skadden M&A partners David Fox and Daniel Wolf joined Kirkland & Ellis last week (19 May).

Until now partner departures have been rare at the New York elite firm. The last departure was in December last year when The Lawyer reported that sole Sao Paulo partner Jonathan Bisgaier defected to Brazilian investment group Banking and Trading Group (BTG) (10 December 2008).

While at Skadden Baker led a team from the firm advising US grocery store chain Winn-Dixie on the restructuring of its $1bn debt in 2005.