Hogan Lovells continues expansion with South African firm merger

Hogan Lovells has merged with South African firm Routledge Modise. The combined firm is expected to rebrand and re-launch as Hogan Lovells in early 2014.

The merger which took place on 1 December has increased the Johannesburg office headcount to 120 lawyers, including 40 partners, focusing specifically on corporate, commercial, litigation, mining and employment work.

The combined firm’ client base ranges from South African government departments and state-owned enterprises to domestic organisations and subsidiaries of international corporates. The union boosts Hogan Lovells’ already active Africa practice, which previously handled the African Export-Import Bank case regarding a US $2 billion financing for Kenya Airways of 10 Embraer E-190 aircraft, nine Boeing 787 aircraft and one Boeing 777 aircraft.

David Harris, global co-CEO of Hogan Lovells, explains that the firm’s presence in Africa has become increasingly important for it as a leading global law firm.

“A significant number of our clients have an interest or a presence on the continent and with Africa’s substantial natural resources, expanding economies and growing consumer base, the level of interest will continue to increase rapidly.

Routledge Modise is an excellent fit with Hogan Lovells – they are recognised for having high quality partners, a cohesive partnership ethos, ambition and an international outlook, and we look forward to our future together as one firm worldwide.”

Chairman of Routledge Modise, Lavery Modise, believes that the two firms share the same values and approach in providing a high standard of creative and legal business solutions:

“Both firms have proven track records. This is a merger of expertise and knowledge to ensure we continue to offer our clients the very best legal services.”

Who’s Who Legal lists Warren Beech and Ian Jacobsberg from Routledge Modise for their expertise in relation to mining and franchise, and currently lists 161 lawyers from Hogan Lovells. The merger will give Hogan Lovells its first presence in our South Africa research.

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