LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - Citigroup (C.N) has hired well-connected London lawyer Stuart Popham to help strengthen the U.S. bank’s relationships with large British clients, the government and regulators.
Popham, who stood down as senior partner at top league law firm Clifford Chance at the end of 2010, will be Citigroup’s vice chairman of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Banking.
“He brings an array of top-tier relationships, forged during his 34 years at Clifford Chance, as well as global expertise in finance and securities,” said Philip Robert-Tissot, head of Citigroup’s UK Broking and Banking.
Popham, who once said he had only ever had one job interview in his life and has been dubbed “a class act” by colleagues, was described in 2008 as the “most connected lawyer in the City”, London’s financial district.
He accompanied British Prime Minister David Cameron and former premier Gordon Brown on trips to India and China to help represent British business, is a member of the CBI International Advisory Board, vice chairman of the London council of the CBI and chairs TheCityUK, which promotes UK financial services. (Reporting by Kirstin Ridley; Editing by Dan Lalor)