The American Lawyer Honors Hogan Lovells with Two Global Legal Award Grand Prizes and Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizenship
15 September 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., 15 September 2014 – Hogan Lovells today announced that The American Lawyer honored the firm with two grand prizes and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizenship at its annual Global Legal Awards Dinner. Only four grand prizewinners were selected from the pool of 36 regional winning matters. The American Lawyer received more than 270 nominations from 66 law firms for the awards. Hogan Lovells was the only firm to receive multiple grand prizes.
The Hogan Lovells grand prizewinning matters are as follows:
Global Disputes Grand Prize
Since May 2009, Hogan Lovells has been acting for BTA Bank to seek the recovery of assets misappropriated through a series of fraudulent transactions. The matter is one of the biggest fraud cases ever to come before the English courts. It is believed that Ablyazov siphoned off in excess of US$10 billion during his time as BTA's chairman; the claims brought by BTA in England total more than US$6 billion.
Global Corporate Grand Prize
The Hogan Lovells team handled the communications regulatory work for Vodafone in a sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications. The transaction, valued at US$130 billion, is the third largest M&A deal in history. The sale ended a 14-year old partnership between U.S.-based Verizon and the U.K.’s Vodafone.
The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Award: Lifetime Achievement – Hogan Lovells and the International Senior Lawyers Project
Since 2006 Hogan Lovells has partnered with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to assist the Government of Liberia in a wide range of matters including the negotiation and renegotiation of the country’s most important mining and agricultural investment agreements. Other work has included assistance with procurement law, fiscal regimes, royalty agreements, management of the shipping registry, and successful challenges to the enforcement of fraudulent agreements through arbitration. Hogan Lovells also has worked with ISLP and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in developing a legal framework for the delivery of health services, including recommendations on the Public Health Law. The Hogan Lovells-ISLP team has advised on the development of the law that created the Liberian Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency and on provisions addressing mental health, reproductive health, communicable diseases and other issues. Current projects include work on development of special economic zone law, ongoing tax policy issues, a rail corridor infrastructure development agreement, and concession agreement enforcement. Well more than 50 lawyers have contributed to the effort donating more than 7,000 hours of time.
The Global Legal Awards winners were honored at the Global Legal Awards dinner on 15 September 2014 at Gotham Hall in New York City.