Snapchat “lawyers up” with Hogan Lovells partner

Unlike its videos and pictures, which self-destruct after a few seconds, popular image-sharing app Snapchat doesn’t want to disappear.

And so the technology giant has taken on some wise advice and “lawyered up” – bringing in its first general counsel in the shape of Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Handman, regarded as one of America’s top appellate practitioners.

It will be interesting to see what Handman chooses to do with Snapchat’s current gang of legal advisers, known to include Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Cooley. Los Angeles-based Snapchat’s decision to bring in an in-house team shows it has every intention of beefing up its legal armour, a move that could continue to benefit those West Coast firms in the City (see The Lawyer’s International Firms in London feature).

So as Snapchat continues to take the tech world by storm with its self-destructing video messages, its need for legal advice is unlikely to perish.

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