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US firm Latham & Watkins is set to make its fourth UK partner hire in the space of a month with former KPNQwest general counsel Christopher Hall
Hall, who is dual-qualified, has strong ties with Deutsche Bank and will join the London office’s banking and leveraged finance group. Prior to his time at KPNQwest he was a partner in the London office of West Coast firm O’Melveny & Myers.
Global chair of banking and leveraged finance James Chesterman told The Lawyer: “We’re hoping that the platform gets stronger and deeper. We want to build our senior debt profile.”
Hall said: “[Latham] has excellent relationships with the major banks, including those with whom I’ve worked previously.”
Hall’s hire is just the latest development in Latham’s aggressive push into the City market. It comes hot on the heels of the recruitment of three other UK laterals – corporate partner Charles Fuller and restructuring partner John Houghton from Simmons & Simmons, and corporate and equity capital markets partner Chris McFadzean from Linklaters. Latham’s London office will now have nine UK-qualified partners out of 20.