12 Oct, 2011
Hogan Lovells Hires Public Procurement Specialist Kate Rees in London
LONDON – Hogan Lovells has expanded its public procurement team with the hire of leading public procurement lawyer, Kate Rees. Kate, who was previously a partner at Pinsent Masons, joins Hogan Lovells this week as a consultant.
Kate, who established and for many years headed up the Pinsent Mason practice, has more than 20 years’ experience of public and utilities procurement, gained in the UK and Brussels and is ranked by Chambers Directory as one of the four leading procurement lawyers in the UK.
Kate will be working closely with Ciara Kennedy-Loest in Brussels. Ciara is head of the firm’s pan-European public procurement practice and was voted Global Public Procurement Lawyer of the Year 2010 by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Ciara, together with litigation partner Rupert Sydenham, is leading the Hogan Lovells team representing Alstom in the £600m dispute with Eurostar over the award of the contract for the new Channel Tunnel rolling stock to Siemens.
Commenting on Kate’s arrival, Susan Bright, Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) group said:
“Bringing together the experience and reputation of Kate, Ciara and the rest of the Hogan Lovells team means that we are able to offer an unrivalled level of expertise in this area. Kate and Ciara are two of the best-known and most highly respected lawyers in procurement globally. They will be a force to be reckoned with!”
Hogan Lovells’ EU public procurement team is based in the UK, Brussels, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland and comprises over 25 specialist lawyers. Hogan Lovells’ U.S.-based public procurement team includes 20 lawyers specialising in federal and state government contracting, as well as federal grants and assistance awards. The U.S.-based group works regularly with members of the firm’s litigation, white collar, intellectual property, and export control practices, who also have significant experience assisting clients on matters involving public procurements.