White & Case exodus continues as Latham snares eight more partners

The eight partners are Villiers Terblanche and Nick Collins in Abu Dhabi, Craig Nethercott and Glen Ireland in London, Christopher Cross and Clement Fondufe in New York and Christopher Langdon and Mohammed Al-Sheikh in Riyadh.

The group has expertise in banking and finance and Middle East matters, with a particular focus on Islamic finance, energy, and mining and metals. Ireland is co-head of the firm’s global mining and metals group while Mohammed Al-Sheikh is head of the firm’s Saudi office, where he acted as sponsor to White & Case. International firms cannot operate in Saudi without a local sponsor.

In an email to the firm White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier said: “Our bank finance practice is and will remain an important area of practice for the firm globally. We’re similarly dedicated to our Middle East practice and our presence there. We’re not closing any of our offices in the Middle East.”

These latest departures follows news on Friday that White & Case had lost four London partners to Lathams. The group included Chris Kandel, who co-heads White & Case’s London bank finance group. He is moving along with partners Sam Hamilton, Brian Conway and Jayanthi Sadanandan (29 January 2010).

Last month The Lawyer revealed that Abu Dhabi-based capital markets partner Sami Al Louzi had decided to leave for Vinson & Elkins (25 January 2010).