Latham scores fourth Skadden finance partner

Latham & Watkins has scooped its fourth lateral from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in just over a month with the head of its rival’s West Coast banking and institutional investing practice.

John Mendez is joining Latham’s Los Angeles office where he will concentrate on areas including leveraged and structured finance and will use his long experience in acting for media companies.

In March, Latham significantly bolstered its highly-rated New York leveraged finance group by recruiting three partners, led by Marc Hanrahan, to bolster its senior debt capability.