Hogan Lovells Appoints New Board Members

WASHINGTON, D.C., and LONDON 14 April 2014 – Hogan Lovells has elected new partners to its Board.

Bill Curtin has been re-elected as the representative for the Americas. Leopold von Gerlach has been elected as the representative for Continental Europe and takes over the post from José Maria Balañá.  Ben Higson takes on a new Board role as equity partner 45 and Under.  All begin or continue their roles as of 1 May 2014.

The Hogan Lovells Board comprises 12 members in total and has supervisory responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the firm, but without executive responsibility for strategy, management, and operating decisions. It provides input to the Co-Chief Executive Officers and Hogan Lovells’ International Management Committee, and members of it make up the Compensation Committee as well as being part of the Equity Elevation and Partner Admission Committees which they chair.  Membership of the Board is designed to reflect the broad scope of the business, with members representing a combination of geographic and other backgrounds.

Biographical details on the re-elected and the new Board members:

Bill Curtin is a partner in our Corporate practice, working out of the New York and Washington, D.C. offices. He advises clients across all industries in complex transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters, in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Bill is a recognized leader in his field and has been named among the International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers for the past five years.

Leopold von Gerlach is an Intellectual Property, Media and Technology partner in our Hamburg and Frankfurt offices. As IP litigator he has extensive trial experience, particularly relating to counterfeits, parallel imports, and grey market goods. The enforcement of well-known brands and product designs against any type of imitation and unfair exploitation is another strong part of his practice.  Leopold represents clients from various industries, including life sciences, electronics and consumer goods. Leo has been named as 'one of the leading names in trademark law' by the World Trademark Review 1000 report and has also been commended by Chambers for his expertise in both litigation and trade mark matters and for his strategic approach.

Ben Higson is a Corporate partner in our London office. Ben advises clients on a wide range of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (public and private), corporate and financial investor investments and exits, joint ventures, projects, and complex commercial contracts. Ben’s practice focuses on the energy, natural resources, and industrials/infrastructure industries; and, in recent years, he has engaged in significant work for Japanese clients, advising them on investments and exits outside of Japan.  Ben also advises many of the firm's pro bono clients on their corporate/commercial work and has a particular interest in the social enterprise sector.  Ben was identified as a "corporate rising star" in the London market by Legal Business magazine in November 2013 and featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2011.

Says Hogan Lovells Chair, Nicholas Cheffings:  "The Board plays an important role in the governance of Hogan Lovells in its relationship with our management team and in listening to, and representing, the views of partners. The high level of participation in this election process is testament to that.  As we move from co-CEOs to a single global CEO, we have kept the total number of Board members at 12 with the introduction of a new Board role for an equity partner age 45 and under.  This is a post designed to ensure that we have broad representation from across the partnership.”

From 1 May 2014 the Board will comprise:

Chair (and “At large”):                           Nicholas Cheffings
Co-CEOs:                                             Warren Gorrell and David Harris (From 1 July 2014: CEO: Steve Immelt)
Asia/Middle East:                                   Jun Wei
Continental Europe:                               Leopold von Gerlach
Washington, D.C. area:                          Helen Trilling
London:                                                Emily Reid
The Americas:                                       Bill Curtin
The Americas (Except D.C.):                  Cole Finegan
45 and Under:                                       Ben Higson
'At large' Representatives:                     Daniel González, Craig Hoover, and Michael Silver


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