The board will be chaired by Lovells senior partner John Young and co-head of Hogan’s Latin America group Claudette Christian. Lovells managing partner David Harris and Hogan chairman Warren Gorrell will become joint chief executives.
There are a further eight members drawn from the partnerships of the respective firms, with each chosen to reflect a spread of geographical and practice areas.
José Maria Balañá – head of Lovells’ Madrid office;
Nicholas Cheffings – head of Lovells’ real estate disputes group;
David Dunn – administrative partner in Hogan’s New York office;
Marc Gottridge – Lovells’ US regional managing partner;
Gernod Meinel – director of Hogan’s labour and employment group and managing partner of the firm’s German offices;
Andreas Meyer – partner in Lovells’ Hamburg office;
Michael Silver – co-director of Hogan’s corporate, securities and finance practice;
and Jun Wei – co-managing partner of Hogan’s Greater China practice.
The expiry of the terms of board members are staggered and they can then opt for re-election for a further three-year period, should they wish.
The board has a supervisory function and will have responsibility for lateral partner hiring, partner remuneration matters, advancement of associates and counsel to partnership and elevation of non-equity partners to equity.
Executive responsibility for the strategy, management and operational issues of the new firm will be the responsibility of the co-CEOs working with the international management committee, whose members are yet to be announced.