, Washington D.C.
Corporate accountability and governance risks faced by boards of directors have increased significantly in recent years. Rulemaking bodies have adopted regulations to improve transparency and to protect corporate shareholders and stakeholders. The credit crisis has produced a further increased focus on corporate governance issues globally.
Hogan Lovells has one of the leading Corporate Governance practices worldwide, providing strategic guidance and representation to companies and their directors, officers, and shareholders throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our proactive approach to corporate controls, compliance assessment, and planning helps us to anticipate and protect clients from legal issues that would adversely affect their business operations or shareholder value.
We advise boards, board committees, individual directors, officers and company managers on their duties, obligations, and liabilities under home-country laws and regulatory requirements. We represent all kinds of board committees, including those with oversight of audit, compensation, director nomination, governance, and pension fund investment matters.
Our corporate governance lawyers also advise boards and their special and independent committees on oversight of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations, restructurings, and securities offerings. Often we serve as special or independent counsel in highly sensitive matters. We also regularly advise on crisis counseling, special investigations, internal investigations, and enforcement proceedings.
We provide vigorous and effective representation of the company, its directors, and managers. Our experienced lawyers cover a wide range of legal disciplines, including corporate, securities regulation, litigation, tax, regulatory specialties, executive compensation, employment, and white collar crime.
Former Leadership Positions
Hogan Lovells international team of corporate governance lawyers has served in top positions with U.S. governmental departments and agencies, various European governmental ministries, the European Union, and China, including the following:
- Chief Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Regional Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Chief of the Office of Tender Offers, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Special Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel for Information Technology, U.S. Department of Justice
- Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Special Trial Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel
- Head of the European Commission's Delegation to the United States, European Union
- Deputy Director-General for External Relations, European Commission, European Union
- Deputy Division Director, Legislative Affairs Commission, National People's Congress, China
- Legal Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China
- Solicitor in the enforcement division of the UK Financial Services Authority
- Director General of Taxation, Spain
- Head of the Cabinet Office of the former Minister of Economy and Finance, and the Cabinet Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Spain