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Firm News: It’s Official, Hogan & Hartson and Lovells Become Hogan Lovells

by on May 4, 2010

Billed as the “first ‘merger of equals’ of Top 30 global law firms in the legal sector”, Hogan & Hartson LLP and Lovells LLP have joined forces to  create Hogan Lovells.  The new firm will boast nearly 2,500 lawyers in over 40 offices throughout the world.

According to the firm’s press release:

“The combination is seen by both firms as a progressive response to the increasing need by large, multinational clients for high-quality legal advice on complex, cross-border transactions, disputes, and commercial matters.

The creation of the new firm also reflects the increased emphasis on regulation in the global market place and the complex legal issues involved, in the U.S. and European Union markets, but also in other markets such as China. Hogan Lovells is led by former Hogan & Hartson Chairman, Warren Gorrell, and former Lovells Managing Partner, David Harris, as Co-CEOs of the new firm.

The new firm is based around five practice groups and a series of industry sector practice areas. The practice groups are: Corporate; Finance; Government Regulatory; Intellectual Property; and Litigation, Arbitration & Employment. Industry sector practice areas include: Aerospace, Defense and Government Services; Automotive; Consumer; Education; Energy & Natural Resources; Infrastructure; Financial Institutions; Industrials; Life Sciences & Healthcare; Real Estate; Sports and Recreational Facilities; Telecommunications, Media and Technology; and Transportation.”

The sheer size of the new firm is impressive and represents a challenge to other international firms, but according to ALB News, the merger has not been without its complications and presents challenges for the new firm itself:

“Robert Lewis, former Beijing managing partner, quit the firm to join local outfit Allbright as a senior international legal consultant. Although the loss of a managing partner of the caliber of Lewis is most certainly a body-blow for the newly formed alliance, it should be noted that his departure was considered somewhat imminent.

The reasons behind two similar departures this week is perhaps just as clear. In an e-mail to clients last week, Hogan & Hartson’s former Hong Kong managing partner Gordon Ng announced that his eponymously named firm had terminated its alliance with Hogans and would instead be joining forces with O’Melveny & Myers.”

This certainly won’t be the last news we hear about firm restructuring as Hogan Lovells reinvents itself and other firms look to follow suit or capitalize on more departures from the new legal behemoth.

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