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Karishma Naravane

Senior Associate - Corporate

 

What attracted you to Allen & Overy?

I had just started an exchange programme at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. when it was time to apply for vacation schemes as part of the recruitment programme for Indian law schools. I experienced A&O’s exceptional understanding and truly global outreach first-hand when I was interviewed in D.C. by the Global Markets Partner of A&O. The vacation scheme only confirmed my initial impressions of the firm being a market leader and full of highly intelligent people.

Describe Allen & Overy in 3 words.

Friendly, innovative and dynamic.

What do you wish you had known about Allen & Overy before you joined?

That A&O’s culture would be so easy to gel into. Coming from a different country, one natural question for me before joining was how difficult the transition would be, both in terms of work and life. The welcoming and informal atmosphere at A&O helped me quickly ease into working life.

What is the best thing about the team you work in?

I love the fact that my colleagues in the team are an open, enthusiastic and approachable bunch. There are times when things are busy, clients are difficult and deals are stressful but being surrounded by people who can have a laugh, play a prank and who genuinely look out for each other makes it enjoyable.

What do you enjoy most about your job/work?

As a corporate lawyer at A&O, one thing that truly excites me is the variety and range of work that I can be involved in and the initiatives I can take. I’ve been able to work on transactions ranging across industries and jurisdictions – to name a few, the sale of Rexam plc’s healthcare business, Coca-Cola’s three-way merger of its bottling business, the merger of TUI AG with TUI Travel plc and the sale of TE Connectivity’s broadband business to CommScope. No two transactions have been the same, which has kept my job exciting and challenging.

What has been your proudest professional moment?

It was really interesting to be involved in advising Coca-Cola on its three-way merger of its bottling business and see the UK company list on stock exchanges in New York, London, Amsterdam and Spain. Completion of the deal was particularly exciting for me (even though it was at 5am UK time!) as I was managing the steps for the UK company that brought about the merger.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

At the risk of making this sound like an Oscar awards speech, I genuinely feel that my parents have had a huge influence on my career choices. Although they are not lawyers themselves, I have always been exposed to corporate and professional services industries as well as to multi-cultural environs while growing up, which made moving from University in India to an international commercial law firm in London a comfortable next step for me.

What is the one thing you would improve/change about Allen & Overy?

I would give everyone a day off on their birthdays – just something extra to make it feel special!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, outside the office?

I enjoy stained-glass and paper painting and collecting useless but interesting facts in my spare time. I like going on country walks and enjoy adventure sports too.

If you could spend some time in any of Allen & Overy’s international offices, where would you most like to go and why?

I’d love to spend time at our New York office sometime as I imagine it would be a great experience – both professionally and personally. Our NY office tends to get some very interesting deals that would be excellent to get involved in. I’ve been to New York a couple of times and its vibrancy, pace and welcoming culture has always appealed to me.