Transatlantic private equity team returns to Hogan Lovells bolstering Corporate practice growth

Northern Virginia, London, 22 June - Global law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Ed Harris, Adam Brown, and Leanne Moezi will be returning to the firm as partners in the Corporate practice.

"We are very happy to have this opportunity to re-join Hogan Lovells and to work with a team we know well," said Ed Harris. "The collaborative culture at Hogan Lovells is unlike any other firms and we know well their excellent reputation, industry knowledge and dedication to client service. The combined strength of the firm's platform and depth of capabilities in London, the Americas and beyond, provide huge advantages for clients."

Our global Private Equity practice includes over 150 lawyers located in over 40 offices around the world. Clients range the full spectrum of private equity, venture capital, private credit, real estate, energy and infrastructure funds, direct investors (including institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices), hedge funds and alternative asset managers.  In addition to a broad and active private capital client base, our lawyers are also advising clients on new and evolving deal structures particularly within the growing secondaries market - a market that was valued at over US$88 billion last year. Ranked for both high value and mid-market private equity transactions by Legal 500, the practice has advised on more than 200 private equity transactions in the last two years and holds top 15 rankings globally for private equity. 

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ed, Adam and Leanne back to Hogan Lovells," said David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate Practice at Hogan Lovells. "They are truly excellent practitioners and will further add to our strong market position in London and the Americas.  Having them as part of the team again will reinforce our reputation and experience working on some of the most high profile, multi-jurisdictional and complex private equity transactions."

Harris, who led the London private equity team, advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, with particular focus on private M&A, joint ventures, co-investments, secondaries, GP led transactions, and leveraged buyouts. He acts for private equity houses, institutional investors and corporates across a range of sectors.

Brown focuses on securities and investment transactions for sponsors of and institutional investors in, private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He represents domestic and international private fund sponsors on their formation, regulatory compliance, and fundraising activities.  Brown also represents sponsors and institutional investors in connection with co-investments, fund investments and complex secondaries transactions, including fund recapitalizations and restructurings.

Moezi advises on secondaries, co-investment arrangements, private equity buyouts and private M&A. She works with fund of funds, asset managers, private equity houses, corporations, financial institutions and management on all aspects of corporate finance, M&A and private equity deal work.

Ed, Adam, and Leanne regularly advise on leveraged buyouts, preferred equity and other similar complex transactions for private investment fund sponsors and their portfolio companies. They have also worked on some of the leading GP led transactions in the market such as representing Pantheon on its investment in Avenue Capital's GP led deal of its European special opportunities fund and representing Idinvest on its investment in Three Hills GP led deal of funds I and II. Very recently, the team advised Pantheon on the acquisition of a portfolio of investments in 12 growth companies by a newly established private fund, Idinvest Growth Secondary SLP, to be managed by the Idinvest Growth & Venture team. This deal was successfully executed during the global pandemic.

The trio are joining the firm from Paul Hastings after departing from Hogan Lovells in 2019. Ed Harris and Leanne Moezi will be joining the London office and Adam Brown will be based in the firm's Northern Virginia office.

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