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Hogan Lovells strengthens finance capabilities with leading Brussels hires

International law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Ivan Peeters and Philip Van Steenwinkel are joining the firm in Brussels with a focus on expanding the firm’s finance, capital markets and financial regulatory offering. They join with three associates.

“The addition of Ivan and Philip to our finance and capital markets team is an important step in our effort to strengthen our finance offering in Brussels particularly in the context of Brexit.” said David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate and Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells. “Their experience will enhance our ability to support clients on cross-border finance deals throughout the CE region.”

Ivan is a leading practitioner with international recognition in Europe, with a broad practice in advising on financial transactions, structured financing, capital markets and securities regulations, restructurings, and financial sector regulations. He combines long and deep experience of financial institutions and markets with regular contributions to the development of Belgian legislation, including in relation to covered bonds, securitisation, collateral arrangements and securities. His time as inhouse counsel at KBC and as a partner with reputed firms like Freshfields, Stibbe and PwC Legal provide him with a special background to help assist clients handle the major current market developments.

Philip Van Steenwinkel is a leading practitioner in banking and financial law, capital market transactions, structured finance and derivatives as well as other financial products. He acts for a wide range of leading financial institutions and corporates in Belgium and across the globe.

Commenting, the duo said: “We have worked with members of the Hogan Lovells network in the past and were always impressed by the firm’s high quality client service and the strength of its global platform. We see strong synergies with the Hogan Lovells offering. We are very excited to join and work with the team to continue to grow the firm’s finance capabilities cross- border and in the Belgian market generally.”

Hogan Lovells boosts Jakarta practice

International law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Mochamad Kasmali will be joining the Hogan Lovells DNFP office in Jakarta as a Corporate & Finance partner in the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice. Mochamad has held both in-house and private practice executive roles and most recently was Managing Partner with one of the leading Indonesian domestic firms.

Mochamad is a mining and oil and gas specialist with more than 23 years of experience acting for clients in the energy and resources, mining, power and environmental sectors, on a wide range of corporate matters, including employment. He has advised on some of the biggest infrastructure and M&A projects in Indonesia and for some of the biggest mining companies in the world, including Newmont and BHP.

Commenting on Mochamad’s appointment, Global Head of the Hogan Lovells Corporate & Finance practice David Gibbons, said: “Mochamad’s arrival represents the latest step in our plan for the building out and strengthening of the Indonesian practice which is an increasingly important and attractive region for corporate work, particularly in the global energy and resources sector. Mochamad’s wealth of experience brings enhanced capability to the team supporting both regional clients with operations in APAC as well as domestic Indonesian companies.”

Mochamad Kasmali added: “I am delighted to be joining the Corporate and Finance practice at Hogan Lovells. The firm’s global footprint as well as its integrated nature, particularly across South East Asia, provides the ideal platform for me to further develop my practice and seamless legal service to my clients.”

Hogan Lovells boosts Paris practice with leading hires

Hogan Lovells is strengthening its Corporate & Finance Practice in Paris with the hire of leading M&A and Private Equity partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent. They join with five associates from Baker McKenzie, where Grollemund co-headed the Paris Corporate department.

Matthieu and Hélène’s practice focuses on M&A and Private Equity transactions with an emphasis on buy-out funds, high-end growth or venture funds, and family offices with significant private/public equity activity. They represent numerous public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide range of domestic and cross border transactions, including business combinations, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, IPOs, and restructuring matters. In addition, they regularly advise boards and committees on a variety of governance and other issues.

Their appointments follow the additions announced in Private Equity last year in London (Ed Harris and Leanne Moezi), United States (Adam Brown), Shanghai (Don Williams, Tony Mou, and Cheng Xu) and Frankfurt (Nikolai Sokolov).

“We are very happy to be joining Hogan Lovells” said Grollemund.The firm has a great culture based on collaboration, cooperation and cross selling and we are excited to be adding our experience to such an impressive team. The partners’ conqueror mindset combined with the strength of the firm’s high quality full service platform and its depth of capabilities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond, present unique advantages for our clients.”

David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate & Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Matthieu Grollemund, Hélène Parent and their team of associates to Hogan Lovells. They will add significant depth to our existing Tier 1 team in Paris who are already executing a broad range of sophisticated transactions for clients. Furthermore, Matthieu and Helene’s reputation for excellence in technology and life sciences M&A aligns with the strengths of the firm and our own focus on highly-regulated industries.”

The Hogan Lovells Corporate & Finance practice provide end-to-end transactional solutions to clients globally across a wide range of capital strategies and funding structures. We have over 400+ partners (and approximately 1,400 lawyers) within the Practice, located across all the major financial centres in the world. We are a fully integrated global team that combines exceptional transactional experience with deep industry sector knowledge. Our Corporate practice in Paris is ranked as Tier 1 in the market by multiple sources and has recently been involved in major transactions, such as the acquisition by TowerBrook Capital Partners of the rail activities of Consolis group and the acquisition by PAI Partners of a majority stake in Euro Ethnic Foods.