Hogan Lovells Brussels head swaps over to Baker Botts

Baker Botts has made further moves in Europe, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels managing partner Matthew Levitt.

Levitt joins Baker Botts after almost 17 years at Hogan Lovells where he focused on transactional, advisory and contentious EU and UK competition law. He has particular expertise in the shipping, ports, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing and consumer products sectors, and was co-chair of the firm’s transportation sector team.

Andrew Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts said: “Matthew is an outstanding antitrust practitioner with a wealth of experience in dealing with competition law and enforcement issues in the EU, the UK and around the world.

“The fact that a lawyer with Matthew’s track record and experience has moved to our firm really speaks to the growing reputation of our international antitrust practice and reflects our commitment to further strengthen our presence in the market.”

Baker Botts has been making moves in Europe this year, recently hiring Latham & Watkins‘ corporate finance partner Richard Brown in London. 

Morgan Lewis’ corporate partner David Ramm also moved over to Baker Botts in September. This followed Morgan Lewis’ hire of Herbert Smith Freehills’ private equity head Mark Geday alongside partners Nicholas Moore and Tomasz Wozniak.

Baker Botts is in expansion mode globally, having lifted a nine-partner energy team from Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston last year. However, the same office also lost a six-partner team shortly after to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Following Levitt’s move to Baker Botts, Hogan Lovells revealed that EU competition partner Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte will be taking over as head of the Brussels office.

The firm also had a management shake-up in Germany, with a newly created managing partner role to oversee all of the firm’s German offices.

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