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Whatever your area of expertise and wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the scope to develop your career and the challenges to help you realise your full potential.

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Practice areas

Capital Markets

Capital Markets

With over 450 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of capital markets lawyers of any global law firm.

Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, corporate trust and agency and high yield.

Few practices can match our award-winning, top tier position across the full range of capital market products. With such a deep bench of specialists and global reach, international and industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions are our hallmark. We have been instrumental in nearly all the major developments in the capital markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s.

Corporate and M&A (Antitrust)

Corporate and M&A (Antitrust)

This department offers French and international clients a combination of in-depth knowledge of the French and international market with the reach and expertise of a global legal practice.

The team draws on its considerable first class expertise across mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, private equity, equity capital markets, restructurings and advisory work such as corporate governance to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions.

Lawyers working in the corporate department constantly work together in multi-disciplinary and international teams.

Employment and Benefits

Employment and Benefits

Recognised as one of the market’s top Employment and Benefits practices, we provide our clients with the very best, practical, robust and packaged advice. Our experienced and highly-regarded specialists in employment, incentives and pensions work closely together, and with our market-leading corporate, regulatory and litigation practices, so that we offer a full-service and truly integrated approach.

Finance

Finance

Our Paris practice offers a complete banking and finance service and a comprehensive, cross-border capability, in conjunction with our client’s other international offices.

It handles a wide variety of transactional and advice work for banks, public entities, financial institutions and corporates in debt capital markets, securitisation, structured finance, regulatory, leveraged acquisition finance, global loans, project finance (projects and private-public partnerships) and restructuring.

Innovation and digital

Innovation and digital

Allen & Overy is a leading adviser on complex, high value and cross-border Innovation & Digital transactions. Our team, led by Laurie-Anne Ancenys, has in-depth experience in the fields of computer law, information technology and data protection.

Our experts act for international and domestic clients, handling both contentious and non contentious matters, as well as regulatory issues. They have developed an expertise in data protection compliance projects and, more specifically, in the implementation of personal data processing, pan-European data protection strategies and international data transfers.

They also specialises in the drafting and negotiation of complex agreements related to business and technology matters.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

We have specialist intellectual property (IP) teams in the most important IP jurisdictions worldwide.

With over 100 specialist IP partners and associates, we offer an integrated, cross-border service to meet our clients global needs, and provide specialist advice and representation in individual countries.

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Allen & Overy's Paris Litigation practice aims to help clients resolve a dispute before it escalates, either by advising on prevention or by pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods. In addition to general advice and drafting, we handle litigation in the fields of product liability, building contracts, insurance, insolvency, aviation, distribution agreements and franchising. Specific teams deal with ecommerce, energy law, cross-border leasing, banking litigation, criminal law, corporate litigation, white-collar crime and cross-border dispute resolution.

Public Law

Public Law

Our global Public Law practice brings together more than 40 lawyers with a client base that includes public authorities, regulatory bodies, utilities, sponsors, financial institutions, and corporates. Our people advise these diverse players on global, cross-border and local public sector transactions.

 We assist a large number of public authorities and regulatory bodies on the implementation of their powers as well as with drafting and interpreting legislation. As a result, we fully understand the complexities and challenges of this area of law. Conversely, we can offer our clients in the public sphere assistance that takes into account the perspective of private sector players.

Real Estate

Real Estate

We advise on development and planning, projects and construction, large loan, mezzanine, A/B and preferred equity origination, loan workouts, NPL pool acquisitions, distressed debt acquisition (including loan-to-own strategies), investment, corporate occupation, tax, finance, securitisation, real estate investment fund formation, structuring and joint ventures, and complex real estate mergers and acquisitions.

We support our clients in their most important real estate projects on an international basis. With more than 90 partners and over 300 associates across our global network, we have both significant geographical reach and a wealth of real estate experience in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Tax

Tax

Our clients require a seamless, multi-jurisdictional tax advisory service, whether on a stand-alone basis or as an integral part of the full legal service offered by Allen & Overy.

That's why, with over 100 tax specialists across our international network, we are able to offer both domestic and cross-border advice wherever our clients need it, whether they are financial institutions, corporate entities, or funds.

White Collar Defence

White Collar Defence

In recent years, government regulators and criminal prosecutors around the world have continued to increase attention to the activities of banks and corporations, wherever located, along with their senior officers, directors, and outside advisors. Successfully managing the risks arising from this increased focus requires a deep understanding of both the technical legal requirements of multiple jurisdictions and the practical concerns and investigative methods used by government regulators and criminal prosecutors.

Our practice includes both conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients and defending clients subject to government investigations. We cover a number of areas of specialty, notably the following:

  • Antitrust
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Securities

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Innovation

We’re the only law firm to have featured in the top three of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking every year, and to have topped the list six times.

We’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way. We have created Fuse, our tech innovation incubator based in our London office, designed to bring forward-thinking tech companies together with clients and A&O experts. We’re creating solutions to some of the most intractable challenges faced by companies, financial institutions and law firms today.

In Paris, we have created an innovation committee called LegalTech Paris. Composed of seven permanent members, it drives the internal use of new technological tools, and holds targeted meetings and events for our clients on these topics.

"We have a dual role in Paris: to bring in the market the tools that we have already successfully developed worldwide (with our incubator Fuse in London) but also to identify "the rising stars" from the French market that could be useful to our clients and enable us to improve our services."

Hervé Ekué, Managing Partner of Allen & Overy Paris

Learning & development

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape. We offer exceptional professional and personal development, training, mentoring and practical support – all of which will allow you to progress in your career.

The A&O Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement our advanced legal knowledge training. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with, and learn from experts, peers and partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting-edge content to world-class coaches, our partners work on the design of the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

The A&O Leadership Centre equips our partners with the leadership skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop strong and enduring relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.

Coaching and mentoring

Maternity and paternity coaching

Maternity and paternity coaching

we provide all our employees and associates with the occasion to receive coaching sessions. The objective is to advise them on how to efficiently manage the impact of their personal life change (following maternity or paternity leave) on their working life.

Mentoring

Mentoring

This program seeks to create a unique and close relationship between an associate and a partner, by helping to his personal and professional development.

 

Springboard

Springboard

This is a training program for women's talents designed to encourage and accelerate their career development in our firm. During 4 days they work on the work/life balance, how to progress with assertiveness and how to develop their career.

Training faculty

Training faculty

each year we offer the opportunity to attend individual and group coaching sessions. In this way, our employees develop their ability to express themselves in public through internal presentations or to clients.

Working environment

Join us in Paris and you’ll be based in the prestigious 8th district, close to the Arc de Triomphe, just a short walk away from the Champs Elysées.

The building was designed to our specifications and provides a modern, stylish place to do business, flooded with natural light. As well as extensive client meeting rooms and comfortable office space, it meets the High Environmental Quality (HEQ) standards and it features :

  • Panoramic terrace on the 8th floor
  • Exceptional restaurant and cafeteria
  • Gym facilities
  • 100-seat auditorium
  • Parking and bicycle shed
  • Concierge service

Benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

We would be delighted to discuss our compensation package with you as part of our recruitment process.

Our global success is built on our network of internationally agile lawyers. Enhancing our international mobility is central to our strategy, paramount to our firm’s performance and your personal and professional growth. We offer short and long-term opportunities across our entire network – from New York to Hong Kong, London to Dubai and beyond.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Employee stories

Cyril Cotterall

Associate – Projects

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