Latham makes up London finance duo in promotions round

Latham & Watkins has promoted two to its London partnership as part of an 18-strong global promotions round.

The annual promotion round, which is effective from January 2013, also sees the firm promote a further 21 lawyers to counsel. The total shows a slight drop on the number Latham promoted to partnership this time last year, when 23 lawyers (four in London) were made partner, but represents an increase in the number promoted to counsel, which has risen from 11 (none in London) to 21.

The London-based promotions include finance duo Ross Anderson and Mohamed Nurmohamed, who specialise in a broad range of issues within banking law, to the firm’s partnership and associate Charles Claypoole to the role of counsel.

London finance department chair Ross Pooley said in a statement: “Ross and Mohammed’s richly deserved elections to the partnership further strengthens Latham & Watkins finance offering in London. Both are experienced and accomplished practitioners, and it is our pleasure to welcome them to the partnership.”

The US firm’s additional new partners are across the firm’s US and Europe offices and include corporate lawer Shaun Hartley (Chicago), litigator Christine Gartner (Frankfurt), litigator Melanie Blunschi (LA), environmental and land attorney Duncan Moore (LA), corporate lawyer David Stewart (Moscow), New York corporate lawyers Stephen Amdur and Paul Kukish, project finance lawyer Amy Maloney (New York), finance lawyer Graeme Smyth (New York), corporate lawyer David Lee (Orange County), finance lawyer Lionel Dechmann (Paris), trial laywer Jake Ryan (San Diego), tax lawyer James Metz (Silicon Valley), corporate lawyer Sharon Lau (Singapore), finance lawyer Manu Gayatrinath (Washington DC) and litigatior Nathan Seltzer (Washington DC).

Earlier this year Latham relocated corporate partners Rod Brown and Luke Grubb from London to Singapore in a bid to increase its English law capability in South East Asia (29 August 2012).