A former top cybersecurity lawyer with JPMorgan Chase & Co., Peter Marta, has joined Hogan Lovells in New York.
Until recently, Marta served as the global head of cybersecurity law for JP Morgan, the massive multinational investment bank based in New York. He joins Hogan Lovells as a partner with the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice group.
Marta provided cyber-related legal support to the bank’s senior leaders, according to the announcement, and served as its key cybersecurity and cyber crime contact with law enforcers and intelligence agency officials.
Before joining JPMorgan in 2013, Marta said he worked for about a half-dozen years with a U.S. intelligence agency in a non-legal, operational role. He declined to name the agency.
Hogan has been expanding its cyber practice, of late, and Marta’s skill set clearly made him a catch, according to the head of the practice.
“The competition for the best people in the legal industry is intense,” Harriet Pearson, leader of Hogan Lovells’ global cybersecurity practice, said in a statement. “Hiring someone with Peter’s in-demand mix of industry and government experience and ability confirms our position as one of the world’s leading practices.”
Marta will have his hands full. The cyber networks of large financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase and others worldwide are constantly under threat—and the issues they face often are especially complex.
Though targeted network intrusions against banks were rare just a few years ago, they now often occur on a weekly basis, according to a recent report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At the same time, cyber attackers increasingly are looking to disrupt the ability of banks to effectively respond.
In recent months, Hogan Lovells has grown its New York office. Laterals to the firm have included life sciences IP partners Simon Roberts and Jason Leonard, who moved to the firm from Venable in February. Both previously had been partners with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper, and Scinto, before that IP-focused firm officially joined Venable last November.
Hogan’s New York office now includes about 180 attorneys, including more than 60 partners.
Marta said he was drawn to Hogan Lovells because of the firm’s “best-in-class” cyber practice, and the strength of its global regulatory practice.
His clients likely will include financial services operations as well as other organizations deemed part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, such as energy companies, he said.
In a broad sense, “I’ll be looking to help clients uplift their cybersecurity programs,” including detailed “pre-breach” planning, Marta said. With a broader array of nations and terror groups looking to harm U.S. interests, and more ways to do so, boosting cyber defenses is more critical than ever, he said.