15:08, March 20 581 0

2018-03-20 15:08:05
Latham chair Bill Voge ousted after inappropriate sexual conduct

Latham & Watkins global chair Bill Voge is stepping down from the firm’s chairmanship with immediate effect after admitting to a series of explicit communications.

Voge is standing down from the firm after being involved in communications of a sexual nature with a woman who had no connection to the firm.

Current vice-chairs Ora Fisher and Richard Trobman have assumed responsibility as interim co-chairs of the firm.

Voge said: “It is with great sorrow that I step down as chair and managing partner of Latham & Watkins.

“I made a personal mistake for which I bear considerable fault and humiliation. I deeply regret my lapse of judgment and I am sorry for the distress and embarrassment I have caused my family, friends, and colleagues.

“My conduct falls well below the personal and professional standards I have tried to uphold throughout my entire career. My disappointment in myself is all the more acute because this lapse does not represent who I am and what I believe, and because I have let down our firm and its people, all of whom I so deeply cherish and respect.”

The firm said Voge tendered his resignation after making a series of voluntary disclosures to the the executive committee relating to his personal conduct. His conduct did not involve the firm, any of its clients, or its personnel.

The executive committee concluded, that although his conduct was not unlawful, it was “not befitting the leader of the firm”. In a release published by the firm, the committee determines “these lapses in personal judgment made continued service as chain untenable”.