The exodus from White & Case’s London banking team has continued with Ropes & Gray hiring senior associate Tania Bedi as counsel.
Last month, a four-partner bank finance team headed by Chris Kandel left to join rival US firm Latham & Watkins (29 January 2010). They were joined at Latham by a further nine partners from White & Case’s London, New York and Middle East offices, including Doha head Andrew Macklin (5 February 2010).
Bedi has had two secondment spells at White & Case client Deutsche Bank. Her departure is expected to put more pressure on the firm’s longstanding relationship with the bank.
Ropes & Gray’s London heads Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz had strong Deutsche Bank relationships during their time in the banking team at White & Case.
Bedi has also previously worked alongside Allen and Goetz when acting for Liberty Global. The telecoms group gave Ropes & Gray its first mandate after launching its London office last year, advising on its €3.5bn (£3.12bn) acquisition of Unitymedia (16 November 2009).