Baker Botts launches in Brussels with double partner hire

US firm Baker Botts has become the latest firm to launch a Brussels office focusing on competition work, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ local office head Catriona Hatton and Dutch competition specialist Paul Lugard.

Hatton and Lugard will spearhead the development of the new office following an official launch on 5 September. Hatton will bring with her an associate from Hogan Lovells, who will join in due course.

Lugard was formerly antitrust head at Royal Phillips Electronics and most recently has been an assistant professor at Tilburg Law and Economics Centre in the Netherlands and acting chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s competition commission.

Several other US firms have also launched Brussels offices within the past year while others are actively growing (12 September 2011).

The Brussels team will work alongside Baker Botts’ sizeable antitrust practice, which is spearheaded by co-chairs Sean Boland and John Taladay from Washington DC.

Baker Botts declined to comment on the launch.

Hogan Lovells’ antitrust and competition co-head Susan Bright said in a statement the firm had made some “significant hires” in the practice area in recent years and was confident about its future both in Brussels and globally.