Latham boosts DC with double Mayer hire

Latham & Watkins has poached two financial regulatory partners for its Washington DC office from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

Brian Smith and Timothy Keehan join Latham as partners 12 years after the pair joined Mayer Brown from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan (now Stroock).

The team provides a variety of financial institutions, banks and credit card firms with advice on federal and state laws. The pair have been advising Citibank, Bank of America, Bank One, MBNA, JPMorgan Chase, Metropolitan Life, Avon Products and Fidelity Mutual Funds.

Smith’s experience stretches back to a spell as chief counsel to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from 1982-84, and a period as in-house counsel at MasterCard International from 1974-82.