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Hogan Lovells delivers on strategy: Four leading partner appointments in Australia

31 March 2016

Sydney, Perth – 31 March 2016

Leading global legal practice Hogan Lovells today announced the appointment of four new partners to expand its operations in Australia.  This move reinforces the firm's clear strategy for growth in the region.

Together with its Australian founding partners, Tim Lester and Nicky Lester, the new appointments will increase Hogan Lovells' presence in Australia to six partners.

On joining, the new partners will help spearhead the growth of Hogan Lovells across a number of its key practice areas:

  • Andrew Crook - joining from Gilbert & Tobin (Private Equity and Corporate Transactions)
  • Scott Harris - joining from DLA Piper (Business Restructuring and Insolvency / Commercial Litigation) 
  • Richard Hayes - joining from King & Wood Mallesons (Leveraged and Acquisition Finance)
  • Ros O'Mally - joining from Gilbert & Tobin (Project Finance, Asset Finance and Derivatives)

Asia Pacific and Middle East Regional Managing Partner, Patrick Sherrington, said that Hogan Lovells was pleased to appoint such talented and respected partners who are at the top of their game.

"We have deliberately taken our time to choose the right partners that are the perfect strategic and cultural fit. This is a long term investment that demands considered and not hurried decisions," said Patrick Sherrington. 

Joint Managing Partners for Australia, Tim Lester and Nicky Lester, see these new hires as a game changer, reinforcing the difference that Hogan Lovells brings to the market.

"Our new partners meet the demanding criteria we have set for this market. Our focus has always been to appoint the right partners," said Nicky Lester.
Emphasizing this, Tim Lester added, "They are outstanding practitioners and like all of our partners, they are ambitious and collaborative and share a real passion for success and working together as part of a truly global legal practice."

Hogan Lovells' Global CEO, Steve Immelt, said the new partner hires are executing a strategy that brings together the best people in the market: 

"They are outstanding partners who share our goals and values and who will contribute to the growth and success of Hogan Lovells locally, regionally and globally. Hogan Lovells' entrance into the Australian market is informed by a clear and consistent strategy to build a focused practice with ambitious and collaborative partners who are at the top of their game. Australia is an economy that has real significance for clients globally and, in particular, throughout the Asia Pacific region." 

The practice in Australia fortifies Hogan Lovells' connections globally and across the Asia Pacific and demonstrates Hogan Lovells' continued commitment and investment in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors as well as its regional corporate, financing and restructuring capabilities.

Our new partners


Andrew will be joining Hogan Lovells from Gilbert & Tobin, where he has been a partner in Sydney. Andrew has outstanding international experience having worked in New Zealand with Russell McVeagh, in Singapore with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in London with Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom.

Andrew is a private equity specialist but also has extensive experience in mergers and strategic investments and divestments, including transactions covering multiple jurisdictions. His practice also includes equity capital market transactions, financial restructurings and reorganisations.

Andrew is English and Australian qualified.


Scott will be joining Hogan Lovells from DLA Piper in Sydney, where he has been the head of DLA Piper's Restructuring Group in Australia. Scott also has outstanding international experience having worked for Hogan Lovells in London for over 5 years before returning to Sydney to join Henry Davis York as a senior associate and, subsequently, DLA Piper as a partner in 2009.

Scott's practice is both contentious and non-contentious. His specific areas of expertise include workouts, debt restructuring, asset management and security enforcement for financial institutions and advising on special situations opportunities (including asset acquisition/loan to own) through deeds of company arrangement or schemes of arrangement. He advises financial and non-financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, corporations and governments in relation to all aspects of insolvency, including the formal appointment of receivers, administrators and liquidators. Since his time at Hogan Lovells, Scott has also continued to advise clients in relation to regulatory investigations and commercial litigation matters.

In addition to having led the Restructuring Group at DLA Piper, Scott has also been the Relationship Partner for Westpac and the Deputy Relationship Partner for HSBC.

Scott is Australian qualified.


Richard will be joining Hogan Lovells from King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney.  Richard is a finance partner and has been the lead contact for the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Practice at KWM in Australia. Richard also has outstanding international experience, having worked with Allen & Overy in London and with White & Case in New York as a partner before returning to Australia and joining KWM.

Richard has experience across a broad range of banking and financing transactions, specialising in leveraged, acquisition and general corporate finance. He represents private equity sponsors and corporations on acquisitions and other financings. He has also represented many of the world's leading financial institutions on a wide range of lending transactions. His practice includes debt restructurings, recapitalisations and workouts.

Richard is New York, English and Australian qualified.


Ros will be joining Hogan Lovells from Gilbert & Tobin in Sydney. Ros is a specialist project finance, asset finance and derivatives partner.  Like all of our new partners, Ros also has outstanding international experience having worked at Credit Suisse in London for a period. She has also obtained further critical industry experience, having worked with Merrill Lynch in Australia in their project finance team.  In private practice, Ros has worked with Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills and has been a partner at G&T since 2010.

Ros has experience across a broad range of banking and financing transactions, including PPPs and privatisations, project finance, structured finance, corporate finance and derivatives.

The key sectors that dominate Ros' practice are infrastructure and mining.  She also advises on derivative transactions, including cross currency and interest rate swaps to support payment streams under term loan B arrangements and deal contingent swaps, total return swaps and long term interest rate swaps to support income streams for project financing transactions.

Ros is Australian qualified.

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About Hogan Lovells and Hogan Lovells in Australia

Hogan Lovells is a top 10 global legal practice with over 49 offices, 850 partners and 2,500 lawyers throughout the world.  Hogan Lovells in Australia launched on 1 July 2015.  It has offices in Perth and Sydney.

Our focus in Australia is to support major corporations, financial institutions and governments on regional and international corporate and financing transactions. 

In particular, the practice's strengths extend to structuring transactions, advising on investment in the energy, natural resources, projects and infrastructure sectors and extending the reach of our regional corporate, financing and restructuring capabilities. Clients benefit from our being a single practice across Australia.  A global practice that extends the reach of our presence in over 49 locations around the world to this market.  A practice that offers clients unique cover and balance across the US, Latin America, Continental Europe, the UK, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific.

We also draw on a wealth of expertise in key areas of growing interest and concern for clients, including across the regulatory and compliance space, foreign investment, cyber security and governance.

Simply, our focus is on providing our clients with real and practical solutions and support. We do this informed by who we are globally and locally through our experience of having advised on many of the largest recent transactions in the Australian and the broader Asia Pacific market.

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