Hogan Lovells announces new management team and Board appointments

Hogan Lovells announces new management team and Board appointments

Press releases | 22 April 2021

Washington, D.C., and London, 22 April 2021 - Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce new appointments to the firm’s International Management Committee (IMC) and Board.

The new IMC appointments are as follows:

  • José María Balañá – Regional Managing Partner for the EMEA region, as of 1 May, taking on the role from Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, who will take on the role of Chair on 1 May
  • James Doyle – Practice Group Leader of the Corporate & Finance practice, as of 1 July, taking on the role from David Gibbons who will return full time to his practice 

The new Board appointments, as of 1 May, are as follows:

  • Lillian S. Hardy – elected to the Washington D.C. seat, taking on the role from Cate Stetson, who has served two terms on the Board  
  • Adrian Walker – re-elected to the London seat 
  • Andreas von Falck – elected to the "At Large” seat, taking on the role from Clay James, who is retiring and will leave the firm at the end of the month

In addition, the firm is announcing the following two appointments, which are new roles:

  • David Bonser – Managing Partner of the Corporate practice, working with James Doyle
  • Sébastien Gros  - Regional Administrative Partner for the EMEA region, supporting José María Balañá 

As previously announced, current Regional Managing Partner for the EMEA region, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, will take on the role of Chair on 1 May.

Commenting on the IMC appointments, CEO Miguel Zaldivar said: “Our Practice Group Leaders and Regional Managing Partners play a crucial role in ensuring that our firm is making good progress on our strategic priorities.

“As a global law firm that is known for high-value complex transactional work, particularly in highly-regulated sectors, our Corporate & Finance practice is a central engine of the firm. James and David will bring new ideas and will draw upon their knowledge of our clients to take our Corporate & Finance practice to even greater heights.

“Our EMEA region is critical to our success - some of our largest and most successful offices are based in the region, particularly London, Germany, and Paris. I have worked closely with José María Balañá for many years - he brings laser sharp focus and boundless energy to the Regional Managing Partner role.”

New Chair-elect Marie-Aimée de Dampierre added: "I'd like to welcome Lillian and Andreas as new members of the Board, and to congratulate Adrian on his re-election to the London seat. I also offer my thanks and gratitude to Cate Stetson and Clay James."

New Corporate & Finance Practice Group Leader James Doyle added: "I would like to thank David Gibbons for his exemplary leadership over the last seven years. Our Corporate & Finance practice has gone from strength to strength under his leadership. Helping clients on some of the most complex and transformative transactions, it is now the firm's largest practice group by billings and headcount, comprising over 400+ partners and approximately 1,700 lawyers across over 40 offices. I look forward to continuing to grow our practice and building on our excellent international reputation.

José María Balañá, new Regional Managing Partner for the EMEA region, commented: “Our EMEA region comprises over 4,000 people, including 1,500 lawyers based in 15 countries, and it is home to three of the firm’s key engines – Germany, London, and Paris. Despite many challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, EMEA continues to achieve great results, representing 45% of our firm's revenue in 2020. Our global footprint and stellar track record are key to many of the firm’s cross-border transactions and disputes.”

Biographical details for IMC appointments

James Doyle will become the new global Practice Group Leader of the Corporate & Finance practice, effective 1 July, when David Gibbons’ term comes to an end. James is a Capital Markets partner based in London, and has extensive experience operating at the intersection of business and government and a deep understanding of our firm and what it takes to build a practice and career at Hogan Lovells. With a practice focused on structured finance, derivatives, and other financial products, he has advised leading investment banks and worked closely with financial institutions and government agencies across the globe. Starting with the firm in 1998, he has spent his entire career here. James currently leads our Corporate & Finance practice for the UK, Middle East, and Africa.

José María Balañá is an M&A and private equity lawyer based in Madrid with an extensive track record in transactions, particularly acting for international corporates and funds investing in Spain. He succeeds Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, who has led the EMEA region since July of last year and will become the firm´s next Chair. He joined the firm 17 years ago and successfully built the Madrid office, which currently has 21 partners and 80 associates. In addition to heading up the Madrid office, José María has also previously served on the firm´s Board.

Biographic details for Board appointments

Lillian S. Hardy heads up the firm’s multidisciplinary, global crisis management practice and works with companies to develop and improve their compliance programs. Her Crisis Leadership practice focuses on investigations, cybersecurity and data privacy-related investigations, consumer financial protection enforcement actions, and other government investigations. Lillian founded the practice after seeing a market need for legal services combined with reputation management. She has been with the firm for 13 years and is a member of the One Americas Leadership team. Lillian spends a significant amount of time mentoring members of the firm, and co-leads the strategic planning of one of the firm’s key Pro Bono themes, Advancing Racial Justice. Most recently, Lillian represented medically-compromised inmates seeking relief from unsafe COVID-19 exposure. Lillian is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the bar. In particular, she spends significant time mentoring and supporting women of color lawyers.

Adrian Walker was first elected to the Board in 2018. A former member of the World Economic Forum’s Social Innovation Council, he leads our ESG practice, advising clients on Environmental, Social and Governance opportunities, working hand-in-hand with our practices and industry sectors. Adrian is a founder of the firm’s Business Integrity and Social Impact Groups and also the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects practice. An acknowledged leader in emerging markets, infrastructure, and energy, and well known for advising Governments, global corporates, and financers, Adrian focuses on “global game changing projects” that move the needle. He is passionate about helping clients and the firm to use the law to build a better and more sustainable world for all.

Andreas von Falck, a patent litigator based in our Dusseldorf office, works with some of the firm’s most prominent and well-known clients in the technology and life sciences sectors. Alongside his work servicing clients, Andreas has been involved in leadership roles starting in 2003, when he was appointed Head of IP at Lovells, up to his most recent appointment earlier this year as the Sector Lead for the Health and Lifestyle sector.

Additional biographies/appointments

David Bonser will become Managing Partner for the Corporate practice, supporting James Doyle in his new role. He is a Corporate partner based in Washington, D.C. and currently co-heads our Corporate & Finance practice in the Americas and the global REIT practice. He has more than 30 years of experience advising public and private companies in corporate and securities transactions, and is one of the leading lawyers representing public company REITs in the United States. As Managing Partner for the Corporate practice, he will work closely with James and the leadership team across the practice to deliver on our firm’s strategic priorities.

Sébastien Gros will be taking on the newly-created role of Regional Administrative Partner (RAP) for the EMEA region. He is regarded as one of the leading individuals in the European regulatory and corporate field. He has been with the firm for more than 15 years and leads the Financial Institutions Sector group in Paris. His practice focuses on corporate transactional and regulatory advice to financial institutions sector clients. As RAP, he will be working closely with José María on the firm´s strategic projects and initiatives in the EMEA region.

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre has previous experience on the Board, having been elected to an “At Large” seat in 2015, where she served until joining the firm’s International Management Committee (IMC) in 2018 when she was appointed Regional Managing Partner (RMP) for Continental Europe. She became RMP of the newly-formed EMEA region in July 2020. She has also previously held the position of Chair of the Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2018). Previous to her leadership roles on the Board and IMC, Marie-Aimée was head of the Paris Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) team, and was also Paris Office Managing Partner from 2010-2018. In her 22 years at Hogan Lovells, her practice as an IP litigator has focused on the life sciences and health care, consumer, media, and technology industries, and she has also contributed to several of the firm’s market-leading people development programs.

The IMC is the body that is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction and business operations of the firm and is made up of the heads of Hogan Lovells' practice groups and regions, plus clients and markets.

The Hogan Lovells Board comprises 12 members and supervises the affairs of the firm and its management on behalf of the partners. Many partner-related matters, such as partner compensation, opening of offices, appointment of new partners, and a number of financial decisions require approval by the Board. The Board does not, however, have executive responsibility for strategy, management, or operating decisions which are vested with the CEO and the IMC. Membership of the Board is designed to reflect the broad scope of the business, with members drawn from a variety of geographies and backgrounds.

As of 1 May 2021, Hogan Lovells’ International Management Committee will be:


Miguel Zaldivar

Deputy CEO

Michael Davison

Clients & Industries

Ina Brock

Corporate & Finance

David Gibbons (then James Doyle from 1 July 2021)

Global Regulatory & IPMT

Alice Valder Curran

Litigation Arbitration & Employment

Desmond Hogan


Richard Lorenzo

Asia Pacific

Lloyd Parker


José María Balañá

Attendees to IMC meetings by invitation when relevant – practice and office/country managing partners:


David Bonser (from 1 July 2021)


Burkhart Goebel


Penny Angell


Stefan Schuppert

Washington, D.C.

Michele Farquhar


Sébastien Gros

As of 1 May 2021, the Hogan Lovells Board will be: 

Chair (and “At Large”):

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre


Miguel Zaldivar

Asia Pacific Middle East:

Owen Chan

Continental Europe:

Tobias Faber

Washington, D.C. region:

Lillian S. Hardy


Adrian Walker

The Americas:

Celine Jimenez Crowson

U.S. (except D.C. region):

Bruce Oakley

45 and under:

Mahvesh Qureshi

“At Large”:

Karen Hughes, Andreas von Falck, Phoebe Wilkinson