Last month, a four-partner bank finance team headed by Chris Kandel left to join rival US firm Latham & Watkins (29 January 2010). They were joined at Latham by a further nine partners from White & Case’s London, New York and Middle East offices, including Doha head Andrew Macklin (5 February 2010).
Bedi has had two secondment spells at White & Case client Deutsche Bank. Her departure is expected to put more pressure on the firm’s longstanding relationship with the bank.
Ropes & Gray’s London heads Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz had strong Deutsche Bank relationships during their time in the banking team at White & Case.
Bedi has also previously worked alongside Allen and Goetz when acting for Liberty Global. The telecoms group gave Ropes & Gray its first mandate after launching its London office last year, advising on its €3.5bn (£3.12bn) acquisition of Unitymedia (16 November 2009).
The move for Bedi comes on the back of the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Matt Cox as a finance partner earlier this month (9 February 2010) and the capture of restructuring partner Tony Horspool from Weil Gotshal & Manges in January (29 January 2010).
Allen said: “Tania presents an obvious fit with our strategic ambitions; she’s a key part of the Liberty Media team and has excellent contacts with a number of our potential bank clients.”