The London office of Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson has swooped on US rival LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and hired two high-profile lawyers. Garry Pegg, co-managing partner of LeBoeuf's London office, and counsel Hywel Jones will join Hogan & Hartson as partners.
Pegg and Jones originally joined LeBoeuf from Clifford Chance. Pegg helped set up LeBoeuf's London office six years ago and since then has assumed a number of key roles, including running the office and jointly heading the international projects group.
The international project finance initiative was unveiled just last month. Pegg and New York partner Joseph Tate were to coordinate the promotion of the project finance practice. Energy specialist Pegg's defection to Hogan & Hartson will leave a hole at the heart of LeBoeuf's projects practice.
Pegg said: “Both Hywel and I are genuinely very sad to say goodbye to LeBoeuf, but eventually you have to move on.” Pegg said that he had been impressed by Hogan & Hartson's international network.
LeBoeuf's co-managing partner Peter Sharp was bullish about the firm's post-Pegg prospects. He said: “We wish them every success at Hogan & Hartson. They're two people in a big practice area here. Energy is a core area and will always be a core area.”
Pegg will become co-managing partner at Hogan & Hartson, alongside current London head Dan Maccoby. Maccoby welcomed the new arrivals. “They're top-notch people,” he said. “We've been looking to expand the London office, particularly in corporate and finance. We have now found the right people.”
“We've been looking to expand the London office, particularly in corporate and finance”
Dan Maccoby, Hogan & Hartson
The hires reassert Hogan & Hartson's commitment to expanding in Europe. Since opening in 1995, the London office has doubled in size and focused on boosting UK law capabilities.
Last year, Hogan & Hartson made its first UK-qualified hire when it recruited SJ Berwin employment partner Nicola Walker. The addition of Pegg and Jones takes the total number of partners to eight, and more than half of these are able to practise UK law.
The Hogan & Hartson practice in London is considerably smaller than that of LeBoeuf. The two offices have similar numbers of partners, but Hogan & Hartson has very few assistant solicitors. Jones said that one of the attractions of the move was that it offered the chance to build a practice. He said: “Hopefully you will see a more substantial practice here in the future.”
Both he and Pegg commented on the opportunities presented by Hogan & Hartson's client base. Jones said that a priority would be marketing the skills of the London office to the firm's US clients.
Following the departure of Pegg, Sharp will become LeBoeuf's sole managing partner in London. He said that the firm was committed to expanding its projects capability and was looking to grow, particularly at partner level.