Hogan, Lovells Union Faces Many Obstacles

Culture and compensation could complicate the deal

, The National Law Journal


Hogan & Hartson and Lovells are considering one of the riskiest maneuvers in the legal business -- a trans-Atlantic merger, which in this case would create a global megafirm of more than 2,500 lawyers. "If the integration is done right, this thing could really sing," said Altman Weil consultant Thomas Clay. That's the good news. The tougher questions are ones that partners on both sides are likely struggling with. Can they overcome the client conflicts that plague massive firms and seem to cap growth?

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