Lovells eyes transatlantic merger with US firm Hogan & Hartson

  • Print
  • Comments (18)

Readers' comments (18)

  • 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?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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....

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • What would this firm be called?

    Lovells & Hogan? LHH?

    Hogan Love?

    The possibilities are (almost) endless.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Hulk Hogan Love LLP?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 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?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • How about Loveharts and Hugs?

    Or HH LLL P?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I wonder what John Pheasant things of it all?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 2+2=3

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Does anybody actually think Lovells partners will go for this? Who is Hogan Hartson?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • HOGAN HARTSON & LOVELLS LLP

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • seems like a shrewd move to me. NYC white shoe firms are too conservative to merge with a British firm, they saw how Clifford Chance ran once-proud Rogers & Wells into the ground. I think a merger with a national firm may make more sense anyway since Hogan has lots of contacts in the pharma and bluechip companies of the US-- and the era of strategic M&A is back!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • "Hogan has lots of contacts in the pharma and bluechip companies in the US . . . ."
    Hogan is a DC-regulatory firm. If you have a problem with a government agency, there is no better firm in the country. It is not an M&A firm, and will never be a firm with any kind of M&A or transactional practice. This is an element of US/Washington culture and legal practice that Lovells better focus on. Hogan cannot bring any transactional synergies.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I'll believe it when I see it. The old guard at Lovells will have to be convinced that this isn't just going to mean a P45.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Hogan's Zeros?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I have it on good authority that partners at the two firms have decided on "HogLove LLP", despite a strong dissenting minority that preferred "Hovells"

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

Mandatory Required Fields

Mandatory

Comments that are in breach or potential breach of our terms and conditions in particular clause 8, may not be published or, if published, may subsequently be taken down. In addition we may remove any comment where a complaint is made in respect of it. These actions are at our sole discretion.

  • Print
  • Comments (18)