White & Case London head steps down after a decade

May 10, 2018 White & Case has named US securities partner Melissa Butler as its new London executive partner, following Oliver Brettle’s departure from the role.

Butler, who has extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets, assumed her new role on 8 May. She joined White & Case in 2006 as an associate, and made partner in 2012. Prior to joining White & Case she worked at Thacher Proffitt & Wood, a New York firm that is now defunct.

Brettle was asked by White & Case’s New York-based chair Hugh Verrier to step down in order to focus instead on the firm’s 2020 strategy of heightening the competition with the London magic circle. Brettle joined the firm in 2001, leaving behind his position at Ashurst, and was appointed as the London head in 2008. In 2009 he joined the firm’s executive committee, on which he will remain moving forward.

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