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23 April 2021

Hogan Lovells reveals fresh leadership changes to board and management

José María Balañá and James Doyle join the firm's international management committee

By Ben Edwards

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Hogan Lovells has made a number of new appointments to its international management committee (IMC) and board, as well as announcing two new senior roles.

EMEA regional managing partner José María Balañá steps up to the firm’s IMC, replacing Marie-Aimée de Dampierre who becomes chair of the firm at the start of next month. Balañá is joined by corporate and finance practice group leader James Doyle, replacing David Gibbons who will return full time to the corporate and finance practice.

Miguel Zaldivar, CEO of Hogan Lovells, said: "Our practice group leaders and regional managing partners play a crucial role in ensuring that our firm is making good progress on our strategic priorities. As a global law firm that is known for high-value complex transactional work, particularly in highly-regulated sectors, our corporate and finance practice is a central engine of the firm. James and David will bring new ideas and will draw upon their knowledge of our clients to take our corporate and finance practice to even greater heights."

The firm has also made two new appointments to its board, as well as re-electing ESG practice leader Adrian Walker to the London seat. Lillian Hardy – head of the firm’s global crisis management practice – has been elected in Washington DC, replacing Cate Stetson who has completed two terms, while Dusseldorf-based patent litigator Andreas von Falck has been elected to the ‘at large’ seat, replacing Clay James who is retiring and leaves the firm at the end of the month.

In addition, the firm has created two new roles to support Balañá and Doyle while they serve on the IMC. David Bonser has been named managing partner of the corporate practice, working alongside Doyle, and Sébastien Gros has been named regional administrative partner for EMEA, supporting Balañá. 

Zaldivar added: “Our EMEA region is critical to our success - some of our largest and most successful offices are based in the region, particularly London, Germany and Paris. I have worked closely with José María Balañá for many years – he brings laser sharp focus and boundless energy to the regional managing partner role.”

Last April, Zaldivar unveiled a major shake-up of the firm’s structure in a bid to simplify its governance and speed up decision making.

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