SNR Denton hires IMF assistant GC in regulatory boost

SNR Denton has hired the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) assistant general counsel to bolster its public policy and regulation group.

Thomas Laryea joined SNR Denton on 8 June as a public policy and regulation partner, initially in the firm’s London office. He will later move to the Washington DC office.

Laryea focuses on international public policy and government relations, in particular on international legal and regulatory developments that impact financial and corporate clients. At the IMF he advised on the finance packages for Greece and Iceland, the compatibility of the US sanctions against Iran with the IMF’s articles of agreement, among other things.

In a statement, Mike McNamara, chair of SNR Denton’s public policy and regulation practice said: “Thomas possesses a sophisticated understanding of international finance, and offers specialised experience in counselling businesses and governments in their dealings with private and public counterparts. As the law firm with presence in the most locations in Africa, his combination of relationships, profile and market knowledge is a profile that will lend additional strength to our Africa practice and clients.”

Laryea began his career at Sullivan & Cromwell at the firm’s New York and London offices, and left to join the IMF in September 2000.