Lovells eyes transatlantic merger with US firm Hogan & Hartson

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  • What's the point of two mediocre firms merging to create a big mediocre firm? Wouldn't it be better for Harris/Young to try to deliver the promise of a more profitable firm than to go off on this frolic?

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  • It won't work because the Lovells partners (who matter) will not want to give up their much prized culture (of not having to do too much for a relatively good level of income). This is just an attempt by Harris to show that he's trying to deliver on his promise (made during the election fight with Herr Seisler) that he would find the perefect US merger partner during his second term. He should keep looking.

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  • Would Seisler have led the firm into this deal? The German part of the firm are in a better space than the UK side, this is is obviously being led from London.

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  • Any merger will require a massive change of culture at both firms, but Harris might just be able to pull this one off. If so, other players at the top of the litigation table be warned. This will definitely give CC's Jeremy Sandelson some food for thought....

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  • What would this firm be called?

    Lovells & Hogan? LHH?

    Hogan Love?

    The possibilities are (almost) endless.

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  • Hulk Hogan Love LLP?

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  • The comments from the two anonymous correspondents ref Seisler are such rubbish - they seem to be living in some form of misinformed delusionist past.
    From a German perspective the idea of merging with a US firm that could provide a strong cross flow of referral work between two major economies would be highly attractive. If you engage your brain and spend more that 30 seconds thinking about what Lovells seems to be up to then it makes a lot of sense.

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  • this could be a great move. neither firm is particularly spectacular ie sullivan or slaughters won't be quaking in their boots but the market has been waiting for a major transatlantic merger and this could relly shake things up. will be interesting to see how they actually do it - this things are notoriously difficult etc etc. interesting that the two firms are similar size - no obvious dominant force so who will run management?

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  • How about Loveharts and Hugs?

    Or HH LLL P?

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  • I wonder what John Pheasant things of it all?

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