Orrick London finance team hit by Bartlam loss

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe London finance partner Martin Bartlam has resigned and is set to join DLA Piper, leaving the US firm with just one finance partner in the City.

Bartlam is understood to have resigned yesterday. He is leaving for DLA at the end of the month.

Bartlam, a structured finance specialist, is the former managing partner of Orrick’s City office and one of the US firm’s best-known lawyers in the UK.

Prior to joining Orrick, Bartlam was head of structured products at Crédit Lyonnais in London (now Crédit Agricole) and a member of the debt structuring team of Greenwich Natttwest (now RBS).

Bartlam’s recent matters include advising BTAI on the completion of the first international securitisation of mortgages in Kazakhstan; Compucredit on the first credit card principle financing; and Deutsche Bank on the launch of the first European credit derivative company.

Earlier this month Orrick finance partner Elisabeth Gaunt left the firm for Taylor Wessing (9 January 2012).

Following Bartlam’sdeparture Orrick’s London office will feature only one finance partner, Alexander Janes.

Anne O’Neill, the partner in charge of Orrick’s London office, said: “Martin has made an important contribution to Orrick over the years as London office leader and generally. We thank him for all his work for Orrick and wish him the very best for the future.”

Bartlam commented: “It’s been a great pleasure to be with Orrick over the last seven years and to be a part of the growth and development of the office in London over that period.”