One other White & Case London companion quits due to US rivals


White & Case lost a second partner from their London office within two days. A longtime tax partner left the firm to join a US rival in the city.

Peita Menon will join Vinson & Elkins’ London base in late September, according to a company spokesman. He has been with White & Case since 2005 and advises multinational corporations, financial institutions and funds on tax matters.

Menon’s departure, the latest in a series of departures for White & Case in London, comes just a day after financial partner Tom Bartlett left the company to join Latham & Watkins in London. In early August, White & Case London litigation heavyweight John Reynolds also left the company to join the UK consulting boutique Avonhurst.

A White & Case spokesman said in a statement: “We can confirm that Peita Menon has left White & Case. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. “

White & Case’s London office has seen significant partner churn in recent months. In January, business partner duo Jonathan Pickworth and Joanna Dimmock left the firm to join Paul Hastings, followed by another four attorneys in May. The London company’s co-chief Patrick Sarch left the firm a few months later to join Hogan Lovells, while litigation partner Steven Baker joined Proskauer Rose.

More recently, however, the firm hired a number of London partners including Allen & Overy cybersecurity and litigation partner Lawson Caisley in July, while the firm also hired infrastructure partners Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick of Shearman & Sterling as M&A partners in April Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day in March.

On other U.S. corporate moves in London, a team of three partners recently left V & E’s London office to join Sidley Austin, which itself lost a private equity team to another U.S. rival in 2020. V&E partners Dan Graham, Paul Dunbar and Emilie Stewart will join Sidley along with two employees.