Hogan Lovells Strengthens German Private Equity Practice

DUSSELDORF and LONDON, 18 April 2012 - Hogan Lovells has expanded its private equity practice with the hire of Lars Benger in Dusseldorf. Lars will join Hogan Lovells International LLP in May 2012.

Lars was previously Counsel in the private equity team of Clifford Chance in Frankfurt. He has experience in working on M&A transactions for large and mid-cap private equity houses, in particular on complex cross-border leveraged buy-outs and advising strategic investors.

Recent high profile private equity transactions on which Hogan Lovells' has advised include advising Gores on its US$85 million acquisition of Mexx from Liz Claiborne; Kelso Place Asset Management LLP on its acquisition of the iconic global fashion brand Nicole Farhi alongside OpenGate Capital; the Founders and Management of Natural Products Worldwide on its sale to Inflexion Private Equity; Abcam on its US$170 million acquisition of Epitomics; the trustee on its sale of the automotive supplier Hay to The Gores Group; Advent on the acquisition of a German subsidiary from GFKL AG, and in relation to its investment in Oxea; and GFKL AG on the sale of its Benelux leasing business to abcfinance.

Commenting on Lars' arrival, Co-CEO David Harris said:

“Lars' extensive experience of complex M&A transactions for high profile clients speaks for itself.  He is a very welcome addition to our team."

Lars Benger said:

"Hogan Lovells offers an extremely attractive platform to further develop a high profile and top performing private equity practice, both in Germany and globally. I am very pleased to be joining the team here in Dusseldorf."

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