Boston bolt-on: Hogan Lovells to swallow up US law firm Collora

Combination to go live on 1 September

Global law firm Hogan Lovells and US outfit Collora have agreed to join forces.

The tie-up will see Collora’s 25 lawyers (including 15 partners) join the Hogan Lovells ranks. Collora, which has just one office in Boston, Massachusetts, is a litigation and investigations specialist with a strong focus on life sciences and healthcare.

According to Hogan Lovells, its new Boston bolt-on will strengthen its position within the US market while facilitating access to the city’s elite academic and research institutions and world-class medical organisations. The combination is scheduled to go live on 1 September.

Commenting on the deal, Hogan Lovells CEO Steve Immelt said: “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.”

Immelt, who has been at the global outfit for almost 30 years, continued:

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.

Hogan Lovells is the larger of the two outfits by a country mile. Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that the firm — which dishes out around 60 London training contracts annually — has 49 offices across 26 countries. It boasts a latest profit per equity (PEP) figure of £870,000, and has over 2,500 lawyers at its disposal. Hogan Lovells scored well in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, bagging As for seven of the ten categories, including training, quality of work, office and partner approachability. Its full scorecard can be viewed here.

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