In the 80 years since Allen & Overy was founded, we have created a collaborative culture where talented individuals, working together, can truly flourish and achieve great things. Imaginative, independent thinking is not just encouraged, it’s expected.
Although we have a long heritage, there’s nothing old-fashioned about our thinking. We have the confidence to think creatively, to take carefully calculated risks and to support new approaches in our client work.
We have helped shape and been involved in many ground-breaking developments in the legal field. We advised on the first ever hostile takeover in the City of London, drafted the first ever Eurobond in the 1960s and have taken the lead on creating many innovative structures in all core areas of our practice.
In 2011 alone we acted on the largest ever IPO in South-East Asia, the largest ever offshore financing and closed one of the largest restructurings ever.
In 2008, former managing partner David Morley was elected senior partner and Wim Dejonghe, our first non-UK managing partner, was also elected.
An ability to spot changing trends and adapt to them quickly has underpinned a three-decade long, single-minded pursuit of high-growth markets. It’s why in 2010 - 2012 we opened offices in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Qatar, Morocco and Turkey – all strategic markets for our clients.
And, it’s why we are continuing to build and develop the network of associate law firms we work with in 100 other countries, regularly bringing them together with our own lawyers and our clients to share ideas and strengthen working ties.