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Marc Elvinger, head of corporate M&A, has accepted to share with us his experience of his first 10 months at Hogan Lovells Luxembourg.
What attracted you to Hogan Lovells?
“After 16 years with a major local law firm, I was curious about joining a firm with a world-wide network of offices, all fully integrated. It seemed that the emphasis was put on performing as a one team, wherever clients or offices are. And it is!
Moreover, heading the corporate practice of the firm five years after its launch in Luxembourg was a challenge I wanted to take up. Now I feel really in the driving seat of the ongoing expansion and development of this practice and the office.
On a more personal note, I may add that the personality, and professional mind set of both Pierre Reuter, office managing partner and head of the investment funds practise, and Gérard Neiens, partner and head of the tax practice, appealed to me. A demanding, rewarding and fun working environment is essential to me.
What’s different at HL compared to your previous experience?
Being a part of a firm with a global network offers ‘global’ opportunities that a local firm does not necessarily have. Every office operates on a world-wide basis always aiming to provide cross-border and cross-practice services which are added-value to the client. Contrary to some outside believes, this collaboration is very smooth, without any competition. It’s in fact a very collaborative and pleasant working culture and 100% client focused.
The global processes, which are required at a firm of this size, are new to me. Such processes ensure a constant equality and coherence among all the offices of the network. Sometimes this can seem to be a bit cumbersome and local specifications are not always taken into account. Our principle of ‘straight-talk’ is here a key element to move forward.
What’s your day-to-day like?
A growing practice and office means a lot of work so: very busy! May I add here that we are currently recruiting lawyers to efficiently meet our clients’ demands. It’s taking time as we don’t just want to hire talent but very much also focus on individuals. Our culture is one of diversity, and inclusiveness. We put a lot of emphasis on a strong and collaborative team spirit in each practice and in the entire office.
Moreover, I have a certain level of responsibility and commitment with respect to the firm’s strategy.
It’s meaningful, challenging and exciting.
How has your perspective on your work changed since working for HL?
Cross-selling is the key word, both on a cross-border and cross-practice level! It creates new opportunities and perspectives for our clients and definitively makes my experience richer.
Our industry sector approach is also a new element to me, which makes a huge difference for our clients.
Being more closely involved in the clients’ projects, working with highly client focused and dedicated teams, ensuring that the job is done to the full satisfaction of the client, is really an amazing experience.
What three words describe the people who work at HL?
Committed, bold, fun.
Anything else about your working environment?
Well, as the team continued to grow, we moved from Kirchberg to Merl, where we have great facilities for our clients and our people.
To enjoy every day at work, we aim for the perfect mix between great premises, great people, great clients and great challenges: that’s Hogan Lovells!”