Global firm makes strategic US play

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Hogan Lovells and US law firm Collora have agreed to join forces as the global firm makes a play a key region in the US.

Hogan Lovells, which has a regional practice in Australia with offices in Perth and Sydney, expects the combination to go live on 1 September.

The Boston-based Collora is a specialist litigation and investigations firm that’s focused on the life sciences, healthcare, financial services, and technology sectors. All its lawyers, including 15 partners, and business services members, will join Hogan Lovells.

The combination substantially bolsters Hogan Lovells’ capabilities in Boston, one of the most dynamic and growing markets in the US, it said. Not only is the city home to many leading companies in the technology, life sciences, healthcare, and financial sectors, it is also the home of elite academic, research, and medical institutions.

Hogan Lovells’ new Boston office will initially focus on litigation and investigations, particularly in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, but the global firm intends to expand the office with regulatory, corporate transactions, and intellectual property capabilities.

“The Boston region is a key strategic market in the United States. Although we have worked closely with clients in the area for years, it more recently became clear to us that there was a need for an office that had strong roots in the community,” said Hogan Lovells CEO Steve Immelt. “Collora is a firm that shares our values, our culture and our approach. We have worked with them for many clients over the years. It has highly regarded practices in litigation and investigations, with a particular focus in life sciences, which fits very well with our own practices. We also intend to focus on the financial services, technology industries and education sectors, where we already have strong practices in other markets. We are delighted to welcome the Collora team and look forward to working with them for the benefit of our clients.”

Combined, Hogan Lovells and Collara will have more than 500 lawyers in the life sciences and healthcare industry.

Recently, Hogan Lovells added a diversified industrials group as it added to its industry sectors of focus.

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