Lights out at Lovells' Chicago office?

March 30, 2010 Lovells will likely shut down its Chicago office after a strategic and financial review. The review has been ongoing since before the firm began to negotiate a merger with Hogan & Hartson.

The Chicago branch of the firm, which includes seven partners and 15 fee earners, opened in Chicago in 1995 and targeted the insurance and reinsurance market with a strong focus on arbitration. The office could not attract enough work to make it sustainable.

The final decision on the fate of the Chicago office lies with the partnership, who will vote on the issue in the next fortnight.

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