Lovells eyes transatlantic merger with US firm Hogan & Hartson

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  • 2+2=3

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

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  • HOGAN HARTSON & LOVELLS LLP

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  • 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!

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  • "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.

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  • 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.

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  • Hogan's Zeros?

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  • 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"

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