Latham & Watkins projects development and financing partner Bill Voge, based in London, has been elected as the firm’s new global chair and managing partner.
He will succeed Robert Dell, who is retiring from the firm after 20 years in its top management role (14 November 2013).
Voge, who joined Latham & Watkins in 1983, is currently based in London but has spent time in several of the firm’s US offices during his career. It is yet to be confirmed whether he will remain in the firm’s City office or relocate to New York when his new management role becomes effective on 1 January 2015.
The projects partner has formerly held a range of management positions at the firm, including eight years on the firm’s executive committee between 1998 and 2002, and 2008 and 2012. He has also served stints as global chair of the finance department, and global co-chair of project finance over the past decade as well as leading a number of initiatives focused on global strategy for markets outside the US.
His election follows an eight-month selection process, overseen by a succession committee chaired by New York litigation chief Miles Ruthberg. It’s understood that the 15-person committee comprises of a range of partners from different offices and practices – none of which sit on the firm’s current executive committee.
Latham’s vice chair David Gordon said in a statement: “Bill was one of the first Latham lawyers on the ground in the firm’s New York office when it opened in 1985 as well as one of the first lawyers present when the London office was opened in 1990.”
Dell has overseen dramatic change at Latham since taking on the top role in 1995, when the firm had 586 lawyers, 11 offices and revenues of $262m. Latham most recently recorded revenues of $2.2bn, with 2,100 lawyers working across 31 offices.