Hogan Lovells unveils international executive, reveals IP as priority

Warren Gorrell

Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have announced the composition of the 15-member Hogan Lovells International Management Committee (IMC).

The IMC, which will have strategic responsibility in the merged firm for areas including business development, financial affairs, practice management and expansion, will be led by Lovells managing partner David Harris and Hogan & Hartson Chairman Warren Gorrell – the incoming Hogan Lovells co-CEOs.

In addition five regional managing partners will sit corresponding to Washington DC, the Americas, London, Continental Europe and Asia and the Middle East, together with eight practice heads and the new firm’s joint finance heads.

Hogan Northern Virginia managing partner and current director of the litigation practice Emily Yinger will manage Washington DC, New York-based Hogan commercial litigation partner Dennis Tracey will be managing partner for the Americas. While current Lovells heads for London, Europe and Asia and the Middle East – Andrew Gamble, Christoph Kuppers and Crispin Rapinet – will continue leading those regions.

Hogan & Hartson managing partner for finance and co-director of tax Prentiss Feagles and Lovells CFO Richard Olver will be the finance co-heads.

Practice representation shows the emphasis given to IP in the new firm. Whereas previously this sat as part of the commerce practice it will now be standalone. A spokesperson pointed out the combined firm would have “one of the world’s largest IP practices.”

Meanwhile no separate representation will be given to real estate despite this having been one of Lovells’ core practices. Instead this will be subsumed into the corporate practice.

Head of Lovells real estate practice Michael Stancombe denied that this signified a sidelining of real estate in the merged firm:

“Representation depends on where we’re trying to build, rather than on existing strengths. In as far as we need a presence we’ve got that at board level through  [real estate disputes head] Nicholas Cheffings,” he said.

He added that there was “a huge opportunity for growth” as a result of expanding the services offered to clients of both firms, particularly the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that Hogan currently acts for.

Practice representation will be as follows:

Corporate – Hogan head of financial services and corporate governance Stuart Stein and Lovells corporate head Andrew Skipper.

Litigation, arbitration and employment – Hogan managing partner of the Baltimore office Steve Immelt and Lovells litigation head Patrick Sherrington

Finance – Hogan Washington DC finance partner Ben Hammond and Lovells finance head David Hudd

IP – Lovells commerce and IP partner Andreas von Falck

Government regulatory – Hogan international trade group director Jeanne Archibald.

The IMC will work closely with the Hogan Lovells board (TheLawyer.com, 21 January 2010) and will cover client and business  development; financial and other  operational  affairs; development and implementation of firm policies; practice management and expansion and regional management and  expansion.