SAN FRANCISCO — Hogan Lovells is expanding its corporate practice in the Bay Area with the addition of two partners.

Nathaniel Gallon, who spent 15 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Veronica McGregor, who developed an expertise in payments systems as of counsel at Perkins Coie and, most recently, Jones Day, joined in San Francisco on Monday.

Michael Shepard, managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ two Northern California offices, called the two attorneys “rising stars.”

The addition of Gallon and McGregor bumps the corporate partner head count between the two Bay Area offices up to six. The firm recruited corporate partners Laura Berezin and Jon Layman from Cooley and Wilson Sonsini, respectively, in 2010 and Shane Albright from Cooley in 2011.

“Our strategy from the beginning has been to use our great regulatory expertise and global reach to build our corporate practice,” Shepard said.

McGregor said she was drawn to the firm’s platform and expertise in global payments. “Payments is increasingly global and it is critical to have not only domestic expertise, but international as well,” McGregor said in a statement.

In the same statement, Gallon said the “integrated nature of the firm’s approach” will enable him to bring his clients “a very powerful level of counsel.”

Gallon, who said he was advised on the move by legal recruiter Paul Allen, represents a range of tech companies on corporate matters. He counseled data storage and cloud computing companies NetApp and Quantum on their SEC reporting and cloud-based phone service provider RingCentral on its IPO.

Gallon said he was drawn to Hogan Lovells in part by the opportunity to join a smaller office in growth mode. Allen said the firm has been focused in Northern California, “particularly on the corporate side,” since the Washington, D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson merged with London-based Lovells in 2010. He added that Gallon’s move to Hogan Lovells, which is still building its presence in the Valley, will give him a chance to shine. “Wilson has a ton of talent, and often it can be a big advantage in someone’s career to step out into the light a bit.”

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