Patrick Sherrington

Hogan Lovells Asia-Pacific and Middle East head Patrick Sherrington will retire from the firm next year, and Miami-based projects partner Miguel Zaldivar will replace him.

Sherrington will step down from the position and retire in mid-2018 after five years in the role and 40 years at the firm.

But he does not expect to be idle.

“I’ll enjoy a few less overnight plane journeys and more time with my family—but I will be looking for other opportunities in the education and charity sectors,” Sherrington told Legal Week, ALM’s London-based publication. I also hope to find some consultancy and non-exec opportunities which take advantage of my 16 years of management experience. I don’t imagine I’ll be pruning the roses.”

Sherrington joined legacy London firm Lovell White & King in 1978 as a trainee and made partner in 1985. He was part of the team that advised the Daily Star newspaper in novelist and Conservative politician Jeffrey Archer’s 1987 libel case.

Appointed co-head of litigation and arbitration in 2002, he relocated to Hong Kong in 2013. He was appointed regional managing partner for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East the same year.

During his time in that role, the firm launched offices in Sydney and Perthended its three-year partnership with seven-partner Indonesian firm Hermawan Juniarto, and entered into a new association with local outfit Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners.

“I take most satisfaction from being on hand to help execute the firm’s strategy for the region; this has been a collective effort of which I have been pleased to be a part,” Sherrington said. “We’ve opened two offices in Australia, built a relationship in Indonesia, which gives us a comprehensive capability to service our clients there, and launched a very successful joint venture in the Shanghai free-trade zone with Fidelity. These are exciting gains.”

Sherrington added that he thinks the firm has brought its China practices together more effectively, allowing them to operate cohesively.

His replacement, Zaldivar, is co-head of Hogan Lovells infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice. Zaldivar previously served as co-head of the firm’s Latin America practice group and is currently based in Miami, but will relocate to Hong Kong following his appointment.

“Miguel is a fantastic lawyer and I believe his background will bring a better connectivity between Asia and the Americas,” Sherrington said.

Zaldivar’s current co-head, Adrian Walker, is also stepping down and the pair will be replaced in that role by London partner Philip Robb at the end of the year.