Hogan Lovells infra partner transfers to NY office

Mike Matheou, a founder of Lovells’ infrastructure practice, will now focus on building the firm’s Americas PPP business.

Hogan Lovells infrastructure partner Mike Matheou is moving from London to New York in order to strengthen the firm’s presence in infrastructure and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Americas, according to a statement.

Matheou co-founded Lovells’ infrastructure and project finance practice in the early 1990s and advised governments as well as private bidders on PPPs in areas including transportation and defence. He has advised on projects in Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

A spokesperson for the firm said Matheou has advised on PPPs including a proposed hospital project in Saudi Arabia, for which details are confidential, and the Eastern Harbour Crossing project in Hong Kong.

Matheou also led the team advising the Tube Lines consortium on a PPP to upgrade three London Underground lines. That consortium, comprised of Ferrovial-owned Amey and San Francisco-based Bechtel Corporation, ultimately encountered heavy criticism as well as a dispute with London authorities over refurbishment costs, and sold its interest in the project to Transport for London last year for £310 million (€353.5 million; $509 million).

Miguel Zaldivar, a Miami-based co-head of the firm’s global infrastructure and project finance team, said in a statement that Matheou would “significantly enhance our offering here at a time when [PPPs] are now a recongised tool to develop and finance infrastructure projects in the Americas generally and across the US in particular”.

Earlier this year, the the firm hired two lawyers from McDermott Will & Emery to serve as partners in Hogan Lovells' infrastructure, project, and public finance and energy practices in Houston, Texas.

Matheou will work with other project finance lawyers based in Hogan Lovells’ 12 US offices. The firm, which resulted from a merger between firms Hogan & Hartson and Lovells last year, has about 2300 lawyers in 43 offices worldwide.