Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have finalised the members of the board that will take effect when Hogan Lovells comes into being in May.
The board will be chaired by Lovells senior partner John Young and co-head of Hogan’s Latin America group Claudette Christian. Lovells managing partner David Harris and Hogan chairman Warren Gorrell will become joint chief executives.
There are a further eight members drawn from the partnerships of the respective firms, with each chosen to reflect a spread of geographical and practice areas.
José Maria Balañá - head of Lovells’ Madrid office;
Nicholas Cheffings - head of Lovells’ real estate disputes group;
David Dunn - administrative partner in Hogan’s New York office;
Marc Gottridge - Lovells’ US regional managing partner;
Gernod Meinel - director of Hogan’s labour and employment group and managing partner of the firm’s German offices;
Andreas Meyer - partner in Lovells’ Hamburg office;
Michael Silver - co-director of Hogan’s corporate, securities and finance practice;
and Jun Wei - co-managing partner of Hogan’s Greater China practice.
The expiry of the terms of board members are staggered and they can then opt for re-election for a further three-year period, should they wish.
The board has a supervisory function and will have responsibility for lateral partner hiring, partner remuneration matters, advancement of associates and counsel to partnership and elevation of non-equity partners to equity.
Executive responsibility for the strategy, management and operational issues of the new firm will be the responsibility of the co-CEOs working with the international management committee, whose members are yet to be announced.