“I find that because of my colleagues, Hogan Lovells’ policies, and the support and flexibility of the practice generally, I am able to maintain a sustainable work-life balance notwithstanding the fact that merger and acquisition transactions are fast paced and very demanding on my schedule.”
- Carine Stoick, Partner, Northern Virginia
I maintain a corporate transactional practice, focusing on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, particularly in regulated industries such as aerospace, defense and government services, aviation, healthcare, broadcast/telecommunications, and life sciences.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
Having grown up in Northern Virginia, I was looking for a Northern Virginia office of a Washington, D.C. firm with a strong and sophisticated Corporate practice. Hogan Lovells was my first choice based on credentials and after meeting the corporate team, I was sold. The partners, associates, and staff with whom I’ve worked are the reason I’ve stayed with the practice for over 14 years. They have supported me through my development as an associate by giving me substantive work with a great deal of responsibility right away, and they supported me through my elevation to partner. I consider many of the senior partners to be friends and one in particular to be a mentor. He is a great role model and a friend, and I know I can bounce ideas off him even when we’re not working on the same transaction.
Hogan Lovells also was very supportive when, as a partner, I took the full 18 weeks of maternity leave with each of my two small girls, ages 2 and 4. I find that because of my colleagues, Hogan Lovells’ policies, and the support and flexibility of the practice generally, I am able to maintain a sustainable work-life balance notwithstanding the fact that merger and acquisition transactions are fast paced and very demanding on my schedule.
When I was going through the interview process, I was looking for a legal practice where I could gain meaningful experience quickly and that would support my development and practice. The corporate team in the Northern Virginia office has provided me with all of this, along with great friendships. As an entry-level associate, in addition to handling diligence review, memos, and closings, I was quickly integrated in transactions and assisted in drafting and reviewing certain parts of the larger, more complicated definitive agreements. On smaller transactions, even as a junior associate, I was given direct client contact and assisted in drafting and negotiating acquisition agreements.
I have had the opportunity to work on a range of mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity, venture capital, and other corporate transactions for both private and public companies. While some of the clients with whom I work are locally based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, many are also international clients. For example, I have had the opportunity to handle transactions for one of the largest European aerospace and defense companies, and I am currently representing a large Japanese trading house in a joint venture in the aviation industry.
The Northern Virginia office maintains a collegial and friendly atmosphere. The fact that we have a smaller office, with approximately 50 lawyers and staff, lends to a family type of environment. In addition, Hogan Lovells cares about lawyer and staff morale, which is evident in the various social and community service activities that our office and the practice in general maintain.
My practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions. Since joining Hogan Lovells in 1999, I have counseled clients in a variety of transaction structures, including mergers, stock and asset purchases, divestitures, spin-offs and auction transactions, joint ventures, and equity and debt financings. I also regularly represent private equity firms in complex investments and acquisitions, including leveraged buy-outs. In addition to my transactional work, I counsel companies on corporate governance matters.