Hogan Lovells has launched a trade practice in London with the hire of a partner from Squire Patton Boggs in response to client demand ahead of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union next year.
The trans-Atlantic firm has recruited trade partner Aline Doussin, who joined Hogan Lovells’ London office Monday as the firm’s first dedicated trade partner in London.
With the addition of Doussin, the firm now has 14 trade specialist partners around the world.
Doussin had been a partner at Squire Patton since 2016, where she established the U.S. firm’s trade practice in London. She joined the firm in 2014, before which she was an associate at DLA Piper.
She specializes in international trade, including export control and sanctions, EU regulatory and investigations, and public policy.
Hogan Lovells U.K. and Africa managing partner Susan Bright said Doussin’s will be valuable to the firm. “Aline’s experience will be of particular importance as the U.K. continues with its plans to withdraw from the EU, where we are working closely with our clients on a range of issues, including dealing with the impact on their global supply chains,” she said.
Her arrival at Hogan Lovells comes as firms are responding to an upturn in client demand for advice on trade following the 2016 Brexit vote.
Fellow trans-Atlantic firm Eversheds Sutherland last month told Legal Week, ALM’s London-based publication, that it is focusing on expanding its German, Dutch and Paris offices, particularly in the financial services sector, in response to Brexit.
Meanwhile, Fieldfisher has teamed up with legal process outsourcer Integreon Inc. in a deal that gives the firm new scope to tackle large-scale routine work for clients facing challenges presented by issues including Brexit.
Squire Patton commented on Doussin’s departure, saying: “We thank Aline for her contributions during her time with the firm and wish her well in the future.”