February 26, 2024


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Wall Road regulation company Cravath arrives in D.C. with federal regulator hires

The Cravath, Swaine & Moore places of work in Manhattan, New York Town, U.S. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Ex-FDIC chairman Jelena McWilliams will guide the new place of work
  • This is 200-12 months-previous Cravath’s third location

(Reuters) – Large legislation company Cravath, Swaine & Moore mentioned Monday that it is opening a Washington, D.C., office, the 200-calendar year-outdated firm’s next site in the U.S.

A few former federal government regulators will open up the office for Wall Avenue business Cravath, which has only two other places of work globally, in New York and London.

Ex-Federal Deposit Insurance Company chairman Jelena McWilliams will provide as the new D.C. office’s running partner. Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Elad Roisman and previous SEC enforcement official Jennifer Leete have also joined Cravath.

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A agency spokesperson did not right away respond to a request for remark, and McWilliams and Cravath presiding husband or wife Faiza Saeed were being not straight away accessible for interviews.

Saeed explained in a assertion that the opening of the new place of work will enable the firm’s shoppers navigate “an increasingly complicated and energetic regulatory surroundings.”

It is uncommon for Cravath to grow its partnership by using the services of from outdoors the organization, alternatively than advertising from in.

Cravath in February 2021 made its to start with partner use from a rival regulation business in at least a ten years and brought on two a lot more companions later on that 12 months. The organization experienced employed only a handful of previous government officers as companions all through that past decade.

Cravath was one particular of the very last large corporations to adhere to a “demanding lockstep” fork out policy that rewarded associates based on seniority. Late last 12 months, Cravath reported it would be part of other corporations in adopting a so-named modified lockstep program that determines pay back based on partners’ contributions and tenure.

Other large companies have likewise loosened their stringent lockstep methods, a move that delivers more leeway for recruitment and retention in the midst of an business-wide war for expertise.

Lawyers hardly ever leave Cravath for other corporations. But given that 2021 the business has observed at the very least 5 companions depart for competitors Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Sidley Austin, Kirkland & Ellis and Davis Polk & Wardwell.

In accordance to American Attorney info, Cravath very last year topped $1 billion in gross revenue, and its companions produced typical income of $5.8 million.

(Observe: This story was current to properly explain the new office as Cravath’s 3rd latest area.)

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Reporting by Jacqueline Thomsen

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