CC Washington managing partner jumps ship

Clifford Chance’s Washington DC managing partner has joined the constant flow of firm departures, upping sticks for the Securities Industry Association.

Ira Hammerman, a legacy Rogers & Wells partner, will become senior vice president and general counsel at the association. Hammerman practised with Rogers & Wells and its 2000 merger partner Clifford Chance for over 20 years.

Most recently Hammerman was involved in Clifford Chance’s New York relocation from the Metropolitan Life office, home to Rogers & Wells for more than 20 years, to the Deutsche Bank building this year.

While the tide of partner losses shows no sign of abating at Clifford Chance, the firm did just take on James Hart Holden for its Washington anti-trust group. He joined from the Federal Trade Commission where he served as deputy assistant director for the bureau of competition, merger I division.

The Securities Industry Association, the result of a merger in 1972 of the Association of Stock Exchange Firms and the Investment Banker’s Association, represents the interests of nearly 600 securities firms.