Hogan Lovells, HSF turn to big banks for latest hires

by Steve Randall16 Jul 2019

Hogan Lovells, HSF turn to big banks for latest hires

Two global law firms have hired senior talent from big banks as the quest for the best talent accelerates.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired former Deutsche Bank general counsel Joseph Longo for its Financial Services Regulatory practice in Australia. He joins the firm’s Perth office as a senior adviser having been with the firm previously before his career at Deutsche.

Longo retired from the bank in March after 17 years including terms as GC for Asia Pacific and most recently for UK and EMEA. He is also a former director of enforcement at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Meanwhile, Peter Marta has joined Hogan Lovells in New York as a partner in its Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.

He was formerly the global head of cybersecurity law at JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he helped the Wall Street financial institution build an industry leading cybersecurity program.

“The competition for the best people in the legal industry is intense," said Harriet Pearson, leader of Hogan Lovells’ Global Cybersecurity Practice. "Hiring someone with Peter’s in-demand mix of industry and government experience and ability confirms our position as one of the world’s leading practices.”

Major firms back lawtech solutions platform

A soon-to-launch service aims to help law firms deploy services automation solutions via a single platform.

Reymen Court is backed by several major firms including Clifford Chance, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, and White & Case.

By making multiple lawtech solutions available on one cloud-based platform, the firm says it will reduce the risk involved in using disparate third-party platforms while accelerating the adoption of vendors’ products.

It will offer artificial intelligence, smart contracts, and other new technologies.

The Amsterdam and San Francisco-based business was founded by Andrew D. Klein, a serial technology entrepreneur and former Cravath, Swaine & Moore associate.

It is expected to be fully available later this year.

Pinsent Masons hires IP disputes head from international firm

Pinsent Masons’ has made a key hire from Irish-based international firm Matheson.

Michael Finn will join as a partner in the Life Sciences and Technology Litigation practice, based in the Dublin office. At Matheson he is head of the IP Disputes group and helped establish the life sciences regulatory and litigation practice.

His work includes advising technology companies on the convergence of tech, life sciences and medical device laws; and will enhance the firm’s Big Pharma offering.