NEW YORK: RLM Finsbury has hired Stephen Labaton and Charles Nathan as partners as it expands its Washington DC practice.
Labaton will work with partner Eric Eve, who joined the firm in February, to grow the public affairs offering in Washington. He will be based in New York and Washington but will spend more time in the nation's capital serving existing RLM Finsbury clients and adding new business, he said.
Prior to joining the agency, Labaton founded the DC-based public affairs firm Georgetown Policy Advisors and was a journalist at The New York Times for 23 years. While at the Times, Labaton covered legal, financial, and political issues.
“The combination of the quality of work [at RLM Finsbury], the people here, and the opportunity to work closely with Eric [Eve] to build the Washington practice appealed to me,” Labaton said. “It's an exciting time to be here coming the year after the merger between Finsbury and RLM.”
Based in New York, Nathan will focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.
“There's robust competition in the M&A space, but there's always opportunity, and I think I bring a unique perspective as a person who's been an M&A lawyer for a long time,” he said.
Nathan was previously co-chair of the corporate governance task force and the global M&A practice at law firm Latham & Watkins. Before that, he was a partner with law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He has also served as MD and head of the financial institutions M&A practice at Smith Barney and MD and co-head of domestic M&A at investment bank Salomon Brothers.
WPP Group agencies Finsbury Group and Robinson Lerer & Montgomery merged to form RLM Finsbury in July 2011.