Latham makes further raid on Skadden

Latham & Watkins is continuing its hiring spree of lawyers from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom by taking on its fourth partner in as many weeks.

John Mendez, formerly the head of Skadden’s West Coast banking and institutional investing practice, is moving to Latham’s Los Angeles office.

His arrival comes after Latham scored a huge coup for its New York office last month when it took on three senior debt partners, led by the highly rated Marc Hanrahan with Ronan Wicks and Marcus Dougherty.

All four partners will work within Latham’s successful leveraged finance group. Mendez’s expertise covers structured finance, cross-border lending and private placements, with an emphasis on the media and entertainment industry.

Lawyer losses have also spread across the Atlantic, hitting Skadden’s London office, where senior associate Alexander Kaarls has joined Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma as a partner.

Kaarls spent 10 years at Skadden’s, where he worked on a number of both friendly and hostile M&A deals in several jurisdictions. He is qualified in both the US and the Netherlands.