White & Case London Accomplice resigns for inner returns

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White & Case’s financial regulatory partner, Julia Smithers Excell, has left the firm to return to an internal role after nearly four years with the firm.

Smithers Excell has been a partner at the firm since 2018, when she joined from JP Morgan Chase. At the bank, she was managing director and deputy general counsel.

Before joining JP Morgan Chase in 2016, she was a Senior Regulatory Lawyer at Citigroup and before that she worked at Linklaters and Clifford Chance.

She is leaving private practice to return to an in-house position, according to a person familiar with the situation.

A spokesman for the company said in a statement: “We can confirm that Julia Smithers has left Excell White & Case. We wish her every success for the future.”

White & Case’s London base has seen movement in and out of its ranks in recent years.

Longtime tax partner Peita Menon joined US rival Vinson & Elkins in September 2021, shortly after the exit of finance partner Tom Bartlett, who left the firm to join Latham & Watkins.

The duo had a string of departures over several weeks, as London litigation heavyweight John Reynolds also left the firm to join British consultancy boutique Avonhurst.

However, White & Case expanded its ranks in 2021 with new hires including Lawson Caisley, cybersecurity and litigation partner at Allen & Overy, Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick, infrastructure partners at Shearman & Sterling, and M&A partner Ferdinand Mason of Jones Day.