Mark Mazo

Washington, D.C.

Promote a dynamic of good citizenship

A common mindset 

Although it sounds corny and even trite to say it, in fact our values are critical to building our law firm. Fancy offices and state-of-the-art computer systems don’t make law firms. Law firms are people – only people. Across the board the people at Hogan Lovells uphold values of mutual respect, professionalism, and good citizenship. Those values are critical to who we are and the work we do with our clients every day.

I’m an alumnus of Harvard Law School. Before joining then Hogan & Hartson more than 20 years ago, I headed the Corporate group at another Washington, D.C., law firm. I was increasingly working with international clients and needed to be at a firm that could support a cross-border Corporate practice, as well as provide deep experience in M&A, securities, commercial, and finance matters. For what I wanted to do, this was – and is – the very best choice.

Professional expertise 

Here, I’m a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer, handling cross-border business transactions. We really are a global player. Every month, I spend about two or more weeks in Europe and the Middle East (principally in Paris, Riyadh, and Dubai), and the rest in the United States. Needless to say, United Airlines knows me well.

We represented Rotana (the world’s largest integrated Arabic language television, movie, entertainment, music, and internet business) in a large transaction involving a significant investment by one of the leading Western media companies. As best we can tell, no other law firm has ever completed such a large, complex, and geographically diverse Middle Eastern transaction in such a short period of time. Just last year, we represented Kingdom Holding Company in the sale of its major interest in the Disneyland Paris resort and in acquiring the largest holding of a major Saudi Arabian bank.

Personal growth

For me, the most rewarding experience is training younger lawyers and seeing them become skilled, accomplished professionals. Learning how to practice law takes time. But as you master the skills and gain more responsibility, you’ll see how much fun it can be. Get to know as many people as possible in as many practice areas, and as many offices and countries as you can. The range and depth of experience here exceeds any other firm in the world, but the number of interesting, engaging, and fun people is even more remarkable.