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FIRM OF THE YEAR – LITIGATION, HONG KONG
In mid-January 2014 Hogan Lovells announced the opening of its São Paulo office, which marks its second outfit in Brazil. Operating as a foreign legal consultancy, the team in São Paulo will offer enhanced legal capabilities to those businesses entering or already operating in Brazil and throughout the rest of Latin America.
|Arbitration||4||Insolvency & Restructuring||4|
|Asset Recovery||6||Insurance & Reinsurance||16|
|Business Crime Defence||5||M&A||3|
|Commercial Litigation||11||Product Liability Defence||11|
|Corporate Governance||2||Telecoms & Media||5|
|Energy||6||Trade & Customs||6|
This second office follows hot on the heels of the Rio de Janeiro office, which opened in the first quarter of 2013. The growth of Hogan Lovells’ Brazil practice highlights the strategic expansion into South America’s biggest economy where it hopes to offer clients a full breadth of expertise. Expansion has been the buzzword over the past 12 months, with the combination of South African firm Routledge Modise also in early 2014. The firm also opened an office in Luxembourg in August 2013, forming part of its strategy to continue to grow its funds and tax practices.
|Total Listings in WWL||194||Established||2010 following a merger between US-based Hogan & Hartson and European-based Lovells|
|Home jurisdiction||England and US||Total size of firm||2,023|
|Number of partners||797||Number of offices||46|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Our commercial litigation firm of the year, Hogan Lovells’ “first class” practice comprises more than 700 lawyers and works across all industries and geographies. In Mexico, Luis Enrique Graham is highly recommended for his experience in complex commercial litigation. Managing partner for Asia and the Middle East Patrick Sherrington is a “leader” in the field. His experience covers investigations, partnership and shareholder disputes and complex financial disputes among other areas. Sources highlight Ty Cobb’s “top-notch” litigation skills. He has wide-ranging enforcement, bribery and corruption case experience.
Hogan Lovells’ life sciences practice is recognised for excellence in all four strands of work: patent litigation, product liability defence, regulatory and transactional. Stephen Bennett in London is “very active” in the field of patent litigation. He focuses on patents, confidential information and pharma regulatory issues. John Meltzer is a “major player” and gives litigation and risk management advice to global companies in a range of industries. In Munich, co-head of the firm’s global life sciences industry sector team Ina Brock is “very experienced” in product liability, mass torts and pharmaceutical liability. Düsseldorf-based Andreas von Falck is a “terrific” lawyer working within the high-tech industry. Elisabethann Wright is one of our most highly regarded individuals in the regulatory sphere. She focuses on EU law with an emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical devices, food law and the environment. Bert Oosting is one of the “leading names” in the Dutch patent litigation field and advises on patent strategy, prosecution and enforcement. In Paris, Thomas Rouhette is a “top-notch” lawyer in the product liability defence arena.
The insurance and reinsurance team has represented big-name clients such as AXA and Allianz and is renowned for working on complex cross-border disputes. Victor Fornasier is a “dominant figure” on the UK scene, where he advises insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries on all aspects of insurance regulation. Tim Goggin is also an “authoritative and reliable” practitioner specialising in corporate and regulatory advice to insurance industry clients. In New York, Sean Keely is a “highly capable” litigator with a particular concentration on the insurance and reinsurance industry. Sébastien Gros in the Paris office is noted for being an “accessible and solutions-focused” lawyer.
Other “standout” individuals include Kate Rees who is an “expert” in public procurement matters, Janet McDavid who is recommended for her work in the competition field and counts IBM among her client list, and Rahail Ali, who has “extensive” experience in Islamic finance and is particularly knowledgeable on sukuk structures.
The firm’s pro bono practice aims to advance social justice and the rule of law worldwide. Recent high-profile work includes the continuing representation of John Errol Ferguson, a mentally ill death row inmate. During the life of the Ferguson case, the team have donated more than 31,000 hours. For this work, the firm was named to the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Hot List in 2013 for a second year.
DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Hogan Lovells is committed to enhancing diversity within the firm and has a number of initiatives responding to the various needs of different groups. These initiatives include affinity groups and employee networks, diversity retreats and widening access.
The firm has also developed a community investment initiative to build awareness with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders about the local areas in which they work. Through projects focusing on issues such as poverty and exclusion, the firm works through partnership with local charities and organisations to better serve their communities.
July 2014 will see a change in leadership; with litigation partner Stephen Immelt taking over as CEO. He will be supported by London finance partner David Hudd as deputy CEO. Given the firm’s recent expansion into a number of major and emerging markets, it is anticipated that the new leaders will continue to further the firm’s strategic growth and ensure that Hogan Lovells remains a global powerhouse into the future.
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