Hogan Lovells // is an American-British law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington, DC. The firm was formed in 2010 by the merger of the American law firm Hogan & Hartson and the British law firm Lovells. It employs about 2,400 lawyers across 40 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
Washington, D.C., United States
|No. of offices||51|
|No. of attorneys||2,494|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||Miguel Zaldivar|
|Revenue|| US$2.246 billion/
|Profit per equity partner||$1.51 million/£1.1 million (2019)|
|Date founded||2010 |
(Hogan & Hartson)
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
In 2013, Hogan Lovells was the eleventh largest law firm in the world by revenues, earning around US$1.8 billion (£1.1 billion) that year. By 2017, the firm had risen to 7th worldwide with gross revenues exceeding US$2 billion.
Hogan & HartsonEdit
Hogan & Hartson was founded by Frank J. Hogan in 1904. In 1925, Hogan was joined by Nelson T. Hartson, a former Internal Revenue Service attorney, and John William Buttson Guider. Hogan & Hartson then went into partnership in 1938 with Buttson as a silent partner.
In 1970, Hogan & Hartson became the first major firm to establish a separate practice group devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services. The Community Services Department (CSD) dealt with civil rights, environmental, homeless and other public interest groups. In 1990, Hogan & Hartson opened an office in London, their first outside the U.S.
In 1972, the firm gained its first black law partner, trial lawyer Vincent H. Cohen (April 7, 1936 – Dec. 25, 2011), who was of Jamaican heritage; had joined the firm in 1969; and had previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cohen's clients included Bell Atlantic, Pepco, and The Washington Post. His son, Vincent Cohen, Jr., served as an interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
In 2000, the firm expanded to Tokyo and Berlin. The firm expanded its presence in New York and Los Angeles, in 2002, when it acquired mid-sized law firm Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld, a storied New York City-based practice with strengths in media, litigation and First Amendment law.
At the time of the merger, Hogan & Hartson was the oldest major law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States. It was a global firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 27 offices worldwide, including offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Lovells traced its history in the UK back to 1899, when John Lovell set up on his own account at Octavia Hill, between St Paul's and Smithfield. He was later joined by Reginald White, a clerk in his previous firm, to whom he gave articles. In 1924, they were joined by Charles King, forming Lovell, White & King. Soon after formation, the firm moved to Thavies Inn at Holborn Circus and later to Serjeant's Inn, Fleet Street, before moving to 21 Holborn Viaduct in October 1977.
Lovells was formed as a result of a number of earlier mergers. In 1966, Lovell, White & King merged with Haslewoods, a firm with a much longer history of private client work. Haslewoods diverse clients included the Treasury Solicitor. In 1988, Lovell, White & King, which by then had a large international commercial practice, merged with Durrant Piesse, known, in particular, for its specialism in commercial banking and financial services, forming Lovell White Durrant. It then changed to Lovells in 2000 when the firm merged with German law firm Boesebeck Droste. Other mergers then followed in other European countries during the early 2000s (decade).
In the early 2000s Lovells invested strongly in China, expanding its office in Beijing and opening an office in Shanghai becoming the second largest foreign firm in China. Following five years of growth, culminating in the opening of the firm's Madrid office in 2004, Lovells had a presence in every major European jurisdiction. In 2007, Lovells opened an office in Dubai, offering legal services to corporations, financial institutions and individuals in the Middle East and at the beginning of 2009 opened an office in Hanoi. In September 2009, Lovells opened an associated office in Riyadh.
In December 2011 it was reported that the firm would be moving to a single chairman model following the retirement of John Young.
In December 2013, Hogan Lovells merged with South African firm Routledge Modise. The addition of about 120 lawyers in the Johannesburg office make up the first physical location for Hogan Lovells in Africa although the firm maintains a presence in Francophone Africa through its Paris office.
In December 2019, partners of Hogan Lovells' voted for the firm's new management team. Miguel Zaldivar, who previously led the firm's Asia, Pacific, and Middle East sector, was voted as the incoming CEO for July 2020 along with Michael Davidson, a London-based head of Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment as the new Deputy CEO.
Partners at Hogan Lovells have voted to confirm current Asia Pacific and Middle East regional chief executive Miguel Zaldivar as their new global CEO from 1 July 2020. Current head of the Litigation Arbitration and Employment practice, Michael Davison will be Deputy CEO from the same date. Both will serve initial four year terms.
Hogan Lovells practices in a variety of commercial law. The firm has advised on the following matters:
- Advised Kodak Pensioner Plan on its $650 million acquisition of the personal film business from Kodak.
- Counselled tech-giant Dell on its $24.4 billion deal to go private.
- Advised fashion label Nicole Farhi on its £5.5 million sale to businesswoman and heiress, Maxine Hargreaves-Adams.
- Advised long-standing client SABMiller on its £7.8 billion acquisition of Australian brewer Foster's Group on aspects of structuring the bid and acquisition finance.
- Advised SABMiller on its €1 billion Eurobond issue.
- Advised Apple Inc. on its $17 billion (£10.9 billion) bond issue, described as the largest corporate bond offering in history.
- Assisted with the negotiation of terms with Fairtrade regarding sourcing and use of sustainable cocoa in Maltesers for Mars.
- Advised the Republic of Ecuador in the negotiation of a multimillion-dollar facility agreement to be used by the state-owned television and radio network, RTV Ecuador.
- In May 2014, Snapchat turned to Hogan Lovells to hire its first General Counsel, appointing a Washington DC-based partner.
- In July 2015, power management semiconductor company Semitrex hired Hogan Lovells to lobby for energy efficiency issues.
- On December 19, 2017 Massachusetts Senate Committee in Ethics hired Hogan Lovells to lead an inquiry into Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s conduct and whether he violated the rules of the Senate stemming from allegations from four men that Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, sexually assaulted or harassed them and bragged he had influence on Senate business.
Lobbying in the United StatesEdit
Hogan Lovells is among the largest lobbying firms in the United States. Before the merger, by revenue, Hogan & Hartson was among the top five lobbying firms in the United States. Since the merger, the firm has remained among the largest lobbying firms, servicing $12.3 million in lobbying 2013.
South African Revenue Service (SARS) scandalEdit
In October 2016, Hogan Lovells was inserted into the Jonas Makwaka investigation as part of the Zuma corruption scandal. The firm's role was "to conduct an independent investigation into allegations against Mr Jonas Makwakwa and Ms Kelly Ann Elskie". Although the report concluded that "disciplinary action should be taken", the document was widely seen as effectively a whitewash. Other international firms implicated in Zuma related scandals have included KPMG and McKinsey.
Notable attorneys and alumniEdit
- Neal Katyal – Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
- Edith Ramirez – Former Chair of the Federal Trade Commission
- John Warner – Former United States Senator from Virginia
- Christopher Wolf – Internet and privacy law pioneer
- James A. Belson – Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Tanya S. Chutkan – Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- Daniel D. Domenico – Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- John M. Ferren – Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Ann Lininger – Judge of the Clackamas County Circuit Court
- George W. Miller – Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
- Carlos G. Muñiz – Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
- David Nahmias – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
- John Pajak – Special trial judge of the United States Tax Court
- John Roberts – Chief Justice of the United States
- Jane Marum Roush – Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
- Donald S. Russell – Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- John Sirica – Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, presiding judge in the Watergate cases
- David S. Tatel – Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Eric T. Washington – Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Wilhelmina Wright – Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
- Norm Coleman – United States Senator from Minnesota
- J. William Fulbright – United States Senator from Arkansas
- Josh Hawley – United States Senator from Missouri
- Scott McInnis – Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 3rd district
- John Porter – Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 10th district
- Paul Rogers – Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 11th district
- Audrey J. Anderson – Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and University Secretary for Vanderbilt University
- Matthew Daniels – Chair of Law and Human Rights and Founder of the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs at the Institute of World Politics
- Christopher Yoo – John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Chris Brand - Research Fellow, Psychology and Psychometrics at Nuffield College
Other government serviceEdit
- A. Lee Bentley III – United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida
- Sandy Berger – United States National Security Advisor
- William Bittman – Federal prosecutor responsible for prosecuting Jimmy Hoffa and Bobby Baker
- Mark Brzezinski – U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
- Charles B. Curtis – United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
- Cole Finegan – Denver’s City Attorney and Chief of Staff
- Gregory G. Garre – 44th U.S. Solicitor General
- Anthony Stephen Harrington – U.S. Ambassador to Brazil
- Brian Hook – United States Special Representative for Iran
- Kevin S. Huffman – Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education
- Elliot F. Kaye – Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Loretta Lynch – 83rd U.S. Attorney General
- Keisha A. McGuire – Grenadian Permanent Representative to the United Nations
- Jelena McWilliams – Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Cheryl Mills – Counselor of the United States Department of State
- Elliot Mincberg – General Deputy Assistant Secretary for of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Ignacia S. Moreno – Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division
- John E. Osborn – Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
- Daniel Poneman – Acting United States Secretary of Energy
- Chuck Rosenberg – Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Tom Strickland – United States Attorney for the District of Colorado; Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
- Christine A. Varney – White House Cabinet Secretary; Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
- Clayton Yeutter – Counselor to the President; Chair of the Republican National Committee; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; U.S. Trade Representative
- Robert S. Bennett – Attorney for President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal
- Ty Cobb – Member of the Trump administration legal team
- Robert Corn-Revere – First Amendment lawyer
- Donald Dell – Sports attorney, writer, commentator, and former tennis player
- Frank Fahrenkopf – Chair of the Republican National Committee; Co-founder of the Commission on Presidential Debates
- Frank J. Hogan – Founder of Hogan Lovells; President of the American Bar Association
- Khizr Muazzam Khan – Parent of Humayun Khan
- Duncan McNair – Lawyer and author
- David Wendell Phillips – Angel investor and executive
- Radoslav Procházka – Slovak politician
- Jessica Prunell – Former child actress
- Regina M. Rodriguez – Former nominee to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- Edward "Smitty" Smith – Candidate for Attorney General of the District of Columbia
- Allen Snyder – Former nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Parker Thomson – Lawyer and philanthropist
- Merle Thorpe Jr. – Lawyer and philanthropist
- Ted Trimpa – Democratic strategist, lobbyist and political consultant
- Christine Warnke – Senior vice president at Capitol Hill Consulting Group and talk show host
- Daniel R. White – Author
- Edward Bennett Williams – Founder of Williams & Connolly; Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
- Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance, a position at the University of Oxford
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