Hogan Lovells grows M&A team in New York with additions of Peter Cohen-Millstein and Megan Ridley-Kaye

Press releases | 17 February 2022

New York, 17 February 2022 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells is growing its Mergers & Acquisitions practice in New York with the addition of partners Peter Cohen-Millstein and Megan Ridley-Kaye.

Peter will serve as the New York member of the firm’s Global M&A Leadership Team, and Megan will join the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, where she will promote the continuing development and expansion of the firm’s U.S. Energy M&A practice.

Global Corporate & Finance Practice Group Leader James Doyle commented: “Our corporate and finance practice group had a robust 2021 and is off to a great start this year. We are committed to making additional investments across the practice, particularly in strategic markets such as New York. Peter is a highly talented and client-focused lawyer who has built a successful M&A practice. Megan is a rising star in M&A who is recognized for her client service and deal making skills. We are delighted that Peter and Megan are joining our New York office. This will benefit our clients in the U.S. and around the world.”

Peter's practice is focused on cross-border M&A. Among others, he has represented clients in industries including transportation, life sciences and health care, technology, diversified industrials, financial services, energy, and mining and natural resources. Peter, who has been recognized for M&A in The Legal 500, regularly speaks on differences between U.S. and European M&A law and market practice.

Megan is a corporate lawyer who has advised clients in the diversified industrials, asset management, health care and infrastructure industries. She has a particular focus on ESG and on M&A in the energy, infrastructure, commodities, and natural resources industries, enabling clients to use M&A as an important tool for energy transition. Previously, Megan served as legal counsel and then assistant general counsel at Noble Americas Corp., before returning to private practice.

Bill Curtin, who serves as Global Head of M&A at Hogan Lovells, remarked: “We are delighted to welcome Peter and Megan to our team. 2021 was a terrific year for M&A at Hogan Lovells, as we assisted our clients on numerous big-ticket transactions, including advising IBM on the worldwide separation and reorganization of its managed infrastructure services business, Kyndryl Holdings, Inc., and representing Oracle in its U.S.$28.3 billion acquisition of Cerner. Peter is an accomplished and pragmatic dealmaker who will assist our clients on their most challenging and complex public and private M&A transactions. Megan is a very talented dealmaker and client favorite who will offer our clients exceptional skill and creativity across the range of sectors serviced by our firm. The additions of Peter and Megan will further elevate our M&A offering in New York.”

Peter Cohen-Millstein commented: “Hogan Lovells’ M&A practice is on an impressive trajectory. I am excited to leverage the firm’s equally strong footprint on both sides of the Atlantic, which will allow me to bring full-service support to clients on their transactions around the world. The firm’s reach, preeminent regulatory practices, and sector focus align beautifully with my practice. I am excited to become part of the M&A team at Hogan Lovells.”

Megan Ridley-Kaye added: “I am thrilled to join the growing New York office of Hogan Lovells, where I can provide my M&A clients with incredible reach across continents and draw upon the firm’s world-class regulatory practice. I am looking forward to supporting clients on all aspects of their transactions across sectors and jurisdictions.”

In 2021, Hogan Lovells was ranked by Chambers USA as an “Elite” firm for Corporate and M&A work. The firm’s M&A practice is comprised of more than 500 lawyers in more than 45 offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Over the past four years, Hogan Lovells has advised on more than US$650bn in M&A transactions worldwide, representing entities, principals, and financial advisors in almost 900 public and private transactions. The additions of Peter and Megan are part of the continuing growth of the firm’s Corporate & Finance practice group in New York, which welcomed Parik Dasgupta on 7 February.

A former Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, Peter was a Dean’s Scholar at New York University, where he earned his law degree, cum laude, and he holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University.

Megan earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate of business and public policy from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Wesleyan University.