Latham promotes three City partners in robust global round

Latham & Watkins has promoted three to its London partnership as part of a 22-strong global round.

The total is a drop of one on the number Latham promoted in 2009, but represents an increase of one on its City promotions.

In 2009 Latham promoted two associates into its City corporate group. This year the firm has promoted one each into project finance (Matthew Brown), employment and pensions (Catherine Drinnan) and international capital markets (Scott Colwell).

The managing partner of Latham’s London office Nick Cline said the promotions showed a commitment to growing London organically as well as by lateral hires.

He added that despite the firm’s public comments that it is looking to grow its London corporate group, the fact that it received  no partner promotions this year should not be misconstrued.

“We have a great crop of corporate talent in London but nobody in that group was up for promotion this year,” Cline said.

Cline added that around 40 per cent of the new partners Latham made up this year were outside the US, although the precise jurisdictions of the remaining 19 were not yet available.

In addition to the partner promotions, the US firm has made up 20 lawyers to counsel, with one in London in the shape of commercial real estate specialist Simon Graham.

All the appointments are effective from 1 January 2011.