News Opinion Merger Watch Lovells eyes transatlantic merger with US firm Hogan & Hartson By Margaret Taylor 8 October 2009 16:54 13 December 2015 18:11 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 8 October 2009 at 21:27 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? Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 07:52 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. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 08:54 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. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 09:32 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…. Reply Link Immaculate pasta 9 October 2009 at 09:35 What would this firm be called? Lovells & Hogan? LHH? Hogan Love? The possibilities are (almost) endless. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 10:15 Hulk Hogan Love LLP? Reply Link Stringer Bell 9 October 2009 at 10:24 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. Reply Link marjorie 9 October 2009 at 10:40 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? Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 11:43 How about Loveharts and Hugs? Or HH LLL P? Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 11:50 I wonder what John Pheasant things of it all? Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 14:03 2+2=3 Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 15:46 Does anybody actually think Lovells partners will go for this? Who is Hogan Hartson? Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2009 at 21:57 HOGAN HARTSON & LOVELLS LLP Reply Link Anonymous 10 October 2009 at 12:56 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! Reply Link Anonymous 12 October 2009 at 12:32 “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. Reply Link Anonymous 12 October 2009 at 13:31 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. Reply Link Anonymous 15 October 2009 at 17:01 Hogan’s Zeros? Reply Link Pufftmd 19 October 2009 at 13:39 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” Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.