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William Yavinksky
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"As a summer associate I was not sure exactly which of the practice areas focusing on international matters might suit me best, and I appreciated that the firm’s strength across practice areas meant I would have great opportunities for interesting internationally focused work and career development no matter which team I ultimately joined."

- Will Yavinsky, Partner, Washington, D.C. and New York

Focus

I work in the International Business Transactions section of Hogan Lovells' Corporate practice, representing publicly and privately held companies, as well as major investors, in a variety of corporate matters. Our team’s work focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, with a common thread that nearly all of our matters involve companies and/or transaction parties with a presence in several U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions. We work frequently with Hogan Lovells colleagues in offices around the world, and act as lead corporate counsel on complex cross-border transactions for our clients.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I am originally from the Washington, D.C. area and have studied and worked abroad, so I sought a private sector law firm where I could develop a practice with an international focus and have opportunities for growth. Through the interview process, and while working as a summer associate, I met many interesting Hogan Lovells lawyers working on diverse domestic and international matters, and got to know the open and collaborative firm culture I enjoy and appreciate today.

As a summer associate I was not sure exactly which of the practice areas focusing on international matters might suit me best, and I appreciated that the firm’s strength across practice areas meant I would have great opportunities for interesting internationally focused work and career development no matter which team I ultimately joined.

Experience

As a summer associate, I received a call one morning from a partner in the Project and International Finance practice who knew I had previously worked in Latin America and asked if I could help translate and provide my thoughts on a Spanish language legal document in advance of a client meeting that afternoon. When I completed the assignment and discussed it with the partner, she invited me to join the client meeting as well. It was a thrill to learn about the issue, complete the assignment, and help to advise the client all in one day.

In my former role as a junior associate, I typically supported multiple active merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions or other corporate matters at a time, and often acted as the lead corporate associate working directly with partners and clients. For M&A transactions, I help support nearly every step of a client’s path through the M&A transaction process, including auction-related correspondence, due diligence, drafting and negotiating purchase agreements and related agreements, preparations for transaction signing and closing, and assistance with the client’s post-closing legal obligations. My typical workday might include conversations with clients, partners, and fellow associates regarding ongoing transactions; drafting key transaction agreements; preparing reports to the client of our team’s diligence findings or comments to negotiated agreements; as well as work supporting pro bono matters and service on firm committees.

I live and work primarily in Washington, D.C., but also travel to Hogan Lovells' offices in New York and across the United States and abroad to meet in person with members of the Hogan Lovells and/or client team for drafting and negotiation of transaction agreements. During a recent transaction involving our U.S.-based client and a China-based counterparty, our team worked for several weeks in the firm’s London office to support intense in-person negotiations. It was rewarding to trade insight and advice real-time with my Hogan Lovells colleagues and the client team to navigate a complex deal and achieve a successful result for our client. The London office team was welcoming throughout and made us all feel at home there.

People

Fellow members of my summer class, other associates, and my practice group team frequently get together for happy hours, Washington Nationals games, dinner parties, and barbeques. I count several Hogan Lovells colleagues among my close friends and enjoy getting to know them and their families better outside of work.

Pro bono

I appreciate that Hogan Lovells is committed to community service and supports community enriching activities both through traditional pro bono legal services and other forms of service that involve other members of the firm. Every Thursday a two-person team of Hogan Lovells personnel use ZELDA (Zero Emissions Lawyer Driven Automobile), the firm's Ford Transit Connect Electric van, to deliver meals to Washington, D.C. residents who are home-bound because of illness. I serve on one of the delivery teams with a fellow corporate associate and really enjoy the chance to take time to give back to the community in this way.