Merger Between Lovells and Hogan & Hartson Given OK by Management

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Posted on November 7, 2009 at 1:11 AM


On October 29, 2009, the management of Lovells and Hogan & Hartson has declared their unanimous support of a merger between the two firms. The decision clears the way for proposals for the merger to be sent to the two partnerships. The merged firm will create a top 10 global law firm with about 2,500 lawyers in 40 offices located all over the world. Warren Gorrell, Hogan & Hartson’s chairman, commented that the merger would “"preserve the collegial and team-oriented cultures of each firm and our commitments to community service” and that “"This merger strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality service to our clients on their most important and challenging matters where they need us most."

Lovells’s managing partner David Harris said: "The strong similarities in the fundamental values of each firm, combined with the powerful business rationale for the merger, are a compelling proposition. We have very complementary areas of strength, such as in corporate, finance, regulatory law, dispute resolution and intellectual property.”

Detailed proposals will be sent to the partners for both firms soon with partner meetings occurring over the next few weeks to thoroughly discuss the merger plan, with wider discussions being held at Lovells’s partnership conference on November 21, 2009. A vote will be held mid-December and if the merger is ratified, then it will come into effect by May 1, 2010


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