White & Case financial regulatory partner Julia Smithers Excell has left the firm to return to an in-house role after nearly four years at the firm.
Smithers Excell had been a partner at the firm since 2018, when she joined from JP Morgan Chase. At the bank she was an executive director and deputy general counsel.
Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase in 2016 she was a senior regulatory lawyer at Citigroup, with stints at Linklaters and Clifford Chance before that.
According a person with knowledge of the situation, she is leaving private practice to return to an in-house position.
A spokesperson for the firm said in a statement: “We can confirm that Julia Smithers Excell has left White & Case. We wish her every success in 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 U.S.-led rival Vinson & Elkins in September 2021, quickly following the exit of finance partner Tom Bartlett who left the firm to join Latham & Watkins.
The duo were a slew of exits to happen over several weeks, when London litigation heavyweight John Reynolds also departed the firm to join U.K. advisory boutique Avonhurst.
However, White & Case did add to its ranks in 2021 with hires including Allen & Overy cybersecurity and litigation partner Lawson Caisley, infrastructure partners Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick from Shearman & Sterling, as well as M&A partner Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day.