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Boston law firm Collora merges with large national firm

Hogan Lovells is run by Steve Immelt (pictured), brother of General Electric’s departing chief executive, Jeff Immelt.

Hogan Lovells is run by Steve Immelt (pictured), brother of General Electric’s departing chief executive, Jeff Immelt.

Another one of the nation’s largest law firms is planting its flag in Boston.

Hogan Lovells on Thursday unveiled its plan to merge with local firm Collora LLP, a 29-lawyer operation known until several years ago as Dwyer & Collora. (The name changed after cofounder Thomas Dwyer left in early 2011.)

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Hogan Lovells has more than 45 offices around the world but until now hasn’t had one in Boston. The two firms have worked together for nearly two decades. Collora is particularly known for a focus in life sciences and health care.

“The Boston region is a key strategic market in the United States,” Hogan Lovells chief executive Steve Immelt said in a statement. “Although we have worked closely with clients in the area for years, it more recently became clear to us that there was a need for an office that had strong roots in the community.”

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Here’s why Immelt’s name might sound familiar: He’s General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt’s brother. (Jeff Immelt, meanwhile, is stepping down from the chief executive’s job later this year.) Hogan Lovells doesn’t have a headquarters office, but Steve Immelt spends much of his time at the firm’s Washington and London offices.

The merger will take effect Sept. 1, and the Boston office of Hogan Lovells will be run by Bill Lovett, who is currently Collora’s managing partner.

Jon Chesto can be reached at jon.chesto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.
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