Three Leading Hogan Lovells Corporate Partners Join New York Office to Support Growing Global Transactional Needs

NEW YORK, 28 November 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that it is adding three of the firm’s leading corporate partners to its New York office to support its growing global transactional practice needs.  Leading M&A partner William J. Curtin, III, an American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year; senior corporate securities partner Michael J. Silver, a member of Hogan Lovells’ Global Board; and Jeffrey M. Hurlburt, co-head of the firm-wide Private Equity and Venture Capital practice, each will become part of the firm’s New York office.  With their addition, the New York corporate team will grow to nearly 50 lawyers.

“Our global platform, coupled with our preeminent regulatory practice and industry focus, has proven to be a compelling differentiator for clients.  Deepening our resources and transactional strength in New York will align our capabilities with expanding client needs and allow for the continuing growth of our practice. By adding some of the firm’s most experienced and well-known transactional partners to our New York team, we are underscoring our commitment to this growth and to the success of our New York corporate practice,” said Warren Gorrell, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells.

Co-head of the Global Corporate Practice, Stuart Stein, said, “Bill Curtin, Mike Silver, and Jeff Hurlburt are exceptionally strong partners who will help us extend our New York corporate practice.  With their reputation and experience, they will provide additional resources we need to meet global demand for New York-based transactional services and will help us grow the practice further in this key market.”  Stein further noted that, “With his highly regarded global transactional M&A practice, Bill Curtin has substantial experience representing international clients in complex cross-border transactions.  Jeff Hurlburt, who has been working between the United States and London for a number of years, will continue to service the European and U.S. global private equity and venture capital client base in connection with transatlantic matters.  As head of the New York Corporate department, Mike Silver will augment the group with his U.S. securities, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity, venture capital, and corporate restructuring practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience that will help to expand the practice, as well as the resources, in the New York office.”

The New York office, which has been identified as a key location for expansion in the Hogan Lovells strategic plan, is home to a number of the firm’s prominent lawyers, including leading tax partner, Ira Sheinfeld; the head of the firm’s Automotive Industry Sector practice, Carl J. Chiappa; Amy Bowerman Freed, a former senior SEC staff attorney and leader of the New York-based Securities Counseling practice; Barbara M. Roth, the global co-head of the Employment practice; Dennis H. Tracey, III, Regional Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells’ U.S. offices; and Alexander B. Johnson, recipient of M&A Advisor’s 2011 "40 Under 40" award for his mergers and acquisitions practice.

Among the high-profile transactions that Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Practice Group has handled in 2011 are representing News Corporation on its acquisition of the Shine Group as well its sale of MySpace to Specific Media, NextEra Energy Resources on the $1 billion sale of its ownership interest in a portfolio of natural gas-fired generating assets to an affiliate of LS Power, SABMiller in its acquisitions of Fosters ($10 billion), and the $1 billion cash sale of Martek Biosciences to Dutch life sciences and chemicals company Royal DSM.  The Corporate group also advised on one of the largest UK takeovers of 2011, the £4.7 billion offer for Northumbrian Water Group by UK Water Limited. Among the securities offerings Hogan Lovells has advised on this year are Dell Inc. on its $1.5 billion debt offering; UnitedHealth Group on its $750 million offering of registered debt and Lockheed Martin Corporation on its $2 billion offering of investment-grade debt.

Hogan Lovells’ U.S. M&A practice was ranked among the top ten M&A practices in the U.S. in 2010 by deal volume, according to Bloomberg, and top 12 in the U.S. and globally, according to mergermarket. Hogan Lovells was also named an “Elite” Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice by Chambers USA for 2010.  In the most recent quarter, Hogan Lovells’ U.S. Capital Markets practice was ranked among the top ten by deal volume for U.S. Preferred Issuer Advisers, and U.S. Equity Offerings Manager Advisers (IPO), and by deal count for U.S. Preferred Issuer Advisers; Euromarket Bonds Manager Advisers; and U.S. Equity Offerings Manager Advisers (IPO).

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