Stephen H. Kay Named Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells’ Los Angeles Office

LOS ANGELES, 25 January, 2011 – Hogan Lovells US LLP announced today that Stephen H. Kay has been named Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, located in Century City.

In his new role, Kay will oversee the office's strategic growth, operational management, and local market initiatives. He succeeds Neil O'Hanlon, who served in the role since 2002 and will continue representing clients in complex litigation matters. Kay, a member of the Corporate practice, has a track record of success in negotiating and closing complex, high profile, domestic and international transactions, and serves as a valued advisor to boards of directors and executives.

Building upon O'Hanlon's achievements for the office, Kay will focus his efforts expanding on the Los Angeles office's reputation for excellence. Combined with the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, the Los Angeles office serves to bolster Hogan Lovells' growing California presence and client offering.

"As we continue to grow our footprint in Los Angeles, Steve's leadership will be integral to the development of the office, and by extension, the global practice," said Warren Gorrell, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells. "He brings a unique institutional knowledge of Hogan Lovells to this office and also possesses the type of global, strategic thinking necessary to continue leading the growth of the office."

The Los Angeles office combines local focus with Hogan Lovells’ global footprint. Lawyers represent clients in a number of areas including litigation, corporate, and regulatory matters, as well as labor and employment, real estate, privacy, mortgage banking, and motor vehicle franchise law. In addition, the Los Angeles office and its lawyers bring specific sector knowledge to its clients in the fields of Telecom, Media and Technology; Renewable Energy (solar); Financial Services; and Life Sciences and Healthcare.

Kay represents public and private companies in a variety of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, financing, licensing and distribution, and corporate governance and compliance.

In 2009, Kay rejoined Hogan Lovells legacy firm Hogan & Hartson after serving as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc., a Hogan Lovells client. During Kay’s tenure, Gemstar-TV Guide was engaged in a wide variety of media and technology businesses in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia, including programming and distribution of cable/satellite television networks, developing and licensing of patented interactive television technologies, and operating popular Internet sites. At Gemstar-TV Guide, Kay structured and negotiated complex commercial transactions, including multi-faceted intellectual property licensing agreements, domestic and international joint ventures, and acquisitions and dispositions of operating businesses. Kay also played a key role in the turnaround and sale of Gemstar-TV Guide, guiding the company though an SEC accounting fraud investigation, shareholder class action/derivative litigation, NASDAQ de-listing, and significant patent and antitrust litigation. With his assistance, these legacy legal issues were resolved, new business and corporate governance initiatives were implemented, and the company was successfully sold in a $2.8 billion merger.

Kay began his career in Hogan & Hartson's New York office, where he continued to practice until he joined Gemstar-TV Guide in 2003. Although he was based in New York, Kay has maintained a bi-coastal practice throughout his career at Hogan & Hartson and Hogan Lovells.

Kay received his B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.

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