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Bingham McCutchen has added three new partners to its antitrust and trade regulation practice from the Washington DC office of Clifford Chance (CC), including office managing partner Leiv Blad.

Joining Blad at Bingham will be partner Jon Roellke and of counsel Boyd Cloern. Blad, who has served as the office’s managing partner since 2004, says he will be taking a “number of matters” to Bingham and will be working with the same clients “that I have developed and built relationships with” at CC.

“Bingham is in a growth mode in the US and in Washington. I felt this was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Blad says.

Blad adds that he did not have any relationship with either of Bingham’s DC co-managing partners, Barry Direnfeld and Neal Sullivan, before joining the firm.

“When I first spoke with these gentlemen a few months back, they were very much aware of our strategic growth,” says Sullivan. “The more we spoke, the nicer the fit was.”

While Bingham’s DC office has added significantly in the securities area in recent months, Sullivan says he began to see a need to enhance “our antitrust expertise and capacity, and these guys hit those and fit in seamlessly.”

The partnership voted in the three newest laterals a week ago, but their start dates are as yet unconfirmed.

Bingham’s strategic growth has brought a high number of laterals to the firm’s D. office over the last four months. In August, the firm brought in:

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