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We’re leaders in a wide range of practice areas. With offices across the globe, our attorneys are working at the cutting edge of legal practice. With our commitment to global expansion, we're always looking for talented and ambitious attorneys to work with us in our U.S offices.

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Practice areas

Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A

Our global Corporate practice undertakes many of the most high-profile and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. With over 900 lawyers worldwide, and 76% of those lawyers being based outside of London, this practice works together as one on behalf of clients who include many of the world's leading corporations, financial institutions and government bodies—as well as smaller growing businesses.

Our Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) practice has advised on multi-billion dollar transactions over the last few years for clients such as Novartis, GE, Tyco, SAP and Thomson Reuters. We advise on all types of public and private M&A transactions. Our team includes lawyers specializing in antitrust, tax, environmental, regulatory matters, litigation, employment/benefits and intellectual property. We are able to call upon both U.S. and locally qualified M&A lawyers in most of the financial centers around the world including London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Shanghai. We coordinate cross-border deals from New York with our U.S. and locally qualified lawyers across our international network.

Debt and Equity Capital Markets

Debt and Equity Capital Markets

We represent underwriters, arrangers and U.S. domestic and foreign issuers on the full range of debt and equity capital market transactions, including SEC-registered offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, American and Global Depositary receipts offerings, convertible bonds and equity warrants, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Derivatives and Structured Finance

Derivatives and Structured Finance

We have a wide-ranging transactional and advisory practice, with particular focus on strategic credit and other fixed income derivatives transactions and on innovative, tailored solutions to managing risk for financial institutions. With the credit crunch, we have been especially busy advising on the termination, liquidation and valuation of swaps, repos, securities lending agreements and other structured products, as well as related set-off, netting and collateral issues.

Employment and Benefits

Employment and Benefits

Our Employment and Benefits (E&B) department comprises some of the market’s leading practitioners across employment, pensions and incentives, with over 180 lawyers located across 22 jurisdictions.

Consistently highly ranked in the legal tables in each of the three areas, we offer high-quality advice on issues such as boardroom disputes, employee discrimination, executive remuneration and tax issues, complex pension arrangements or complex cross-border transactional issues.

The E&B practice works as part of an integrated team with our corporate M&A lawyers, not only in carrying out projects, but in winning them too as most large scale M&A transactions involve HR issues which can often be critical to the outcome of a transaction.

Environmental

Environmental

Allen & Overy’s global Environmental Law group includes more than 60 specialist, commercially focused environmental law experts in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, advising on all aspects of environmental law and liability. As one of the first law firms to develop a globally integrated environmental law practice, Allen & Overy is able to provide both transactional and stand alone advice in all the major areas of environmental and health and safety law at national, regional and international levels.

Our geographic reach, including the transfer of knowledge between different offices and jurisdictions, means that we are able to keep abreast of the latest environmental initiatives and legislative developments occurring around the globe.

Finance

Finance

Allen & Overy fields one of the market’s pre-eminent banking practices with over 650 lawyers worldwide. We are at the heart of the world’s financial markets and have been instrumental in nearly all the major banking developments in the modern era. We count among our clients numerous global corporate and financial institutions that entrust us with the full range of domestic and cross-border transactions and rely on the depth and breadth of our expertise, intellectual rigor and proven track record of finding successful and commercially astute solutions.

Our banking practice is split into eight product lines: General Lending, Investment Funds, Leveraged Finance, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance, Structured Asset Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, and Restructuring.

Financial Services and Insurance Regulation

Financial Services and Insurance Regulation

The U.S. Financial Services Regulatory (U.S. FSR) practice has primary bases in New York, Europe and Asia. We have over 200 U.S. qualified lawyers practicing in international offices outside the U.S—many of whom are part of the core U.S. FSR practice, or who provide advice to clients on particular U.S. FSR issues across all the world’s principal financial markets. The practice offersndistinctive international U.S. regulatory that is unmatched by our competitors.

Latin America Practice

Latin America Practice

In conjunction with our São Paulo office, this highly integrated group of attorneys focuses on corporate finance, including projects, capital markets, banking, derivatives, securitization, M&A, restructuring and insolvency. Our office has worked on some of the most high-profile transactions and international arbitrations in Latin America. Our work focuses on key industries, including power, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and telecommunications, as well as a sovereign practice representing governments and government-owned entities.

Litigation

Litigation

Our Litigation practice brings together lawyers with enormous experience handling and resolving many of the major headline financial and commercial disputes both internationally and in the United States. This group includes four former Assistant United States Attorneys for the Southern District of New York, two former Chiefs of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and the former President of the New York City Bar Association.

Arbitration is one of the most popular methods of resolving disputes that have an international element. During the last decade, the number of international arbitration proceedings, including investment treaty claims, has grown dramatically and so too has the complexity and value of those proceedings. We have an international network of attorneys who can bridge the legal and cultural divide of international arbitrations and investment treaty claims, and have the expertise to ensure that our clients' rights and reputations are protected.

Projects

Projects

Comprising over 50 partners and some 150 lawyers globally, the Projects group at Allen & Overy is a market leader in terms of both experience and global coverage. We advise governments, sponsors, banks, ECAs, MLAs and project companies on projects and project financings throughout the world.

The Projects group advises on public-private partnerships/private finance initiatives, project financings and developments in all sectors, including roads, bridges and tunnels, renewables, health, education and prisons, rail infrastructure, airport construction, oil and gas, power and accommodation.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Our Real Estate practice primarily involves real estate debt and equity investment throughout the United States for domestic and international institutions and funds. Our practice is capital markets and private equity fund focused, and includes primarily large loan, mezzanine, A/B and preferred equity origination, securitization, the sponsorship and investment in real estate investment funds, secondary market debt acquisitions, loan workouts, real estate mergers and acquisitions, joint venture structuring and complex real estate acquisitions.

Our attorneys are not just skilled in real estate matters but have wide experience of indirect real estate acquisitions, real estate investment funds, joint ventures and negotiating corporate style documentation. It is our international reach and use of sophisticated structuring techniques for indirect as well as direct real estate investment that differentiates us from many of our competitors, and is responsible for our reputation as a high quality real estate investment practice that is seen as one the market’s leading teams.

Restructuring

Restructuring

Allen & Overy's global Restructuring and Insolvency group is the premier practice within the global market and continues to advise on the majority of the largest and most high profile deals. The group remains at the forefront of commercial and legal developments enabling it to continue to meet the demands of a wide range of clients against the ever evolving legal backdrop.

With over 130 lawyers worldwide (combining Asian, Continental European, UK and U.S. restructuring and insolvency experience) we are able to offer a fully integrated approach to international restructurings and insolvencies as well as dealing with domestic insolvencies in all key jurisdictions.

Our New York Financial Restructuring group has extensive experience in U.S.-based and multi-jurisdictional restructurings, both in bankruptcy court proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. Our group represents issuers, financial institutions, holders of public debt and debtors, as well as acquirers of businesses or assets of financially distressed companies. We also have a successful Insurance Insolvency practice, acting for U.S. insurers and in cross-border proceedings involving foreign insurers.

Securitization

Securitization

We are ranked Tier 1 for Structured Finance and Securitization across all the leading legal directories, including Chambers, IFLR and Legal 500. Our team advises on the full range of securitization structures and asset classes and prides itself on delivering a commercial, responsive service to clients.

Tax

Tax

Our Tax practice advises clients on issues across a broad range of sectors and types of transaction. We provide clients with comprehensive U.S. tax advice, whether it relates to strategic tax planning for multinational operations, expanding their business into Europe from the U.S., or seeking to raise or invest funds in or outside of the U.S. We offer senior U.S. tax advisors from our New York, Washington, D.C. and London offices providing round-the-clock capability.
U.S. China Group

U.S. China Group

We advise both domestic and international corporations and financial institutions investing in China and Chinese enterprises investing in the Americas. Our group focuses on project financings, foreign direct investment, M&A, private equity, real estate and environmental law. Our group includes lawyers fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Employee stories

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Dan Guyder

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Our U.S. offices

In November of 1985, Allen & Overy opened up its New York office and over the past quarter century, has grown to be the principal hub of Allen & Overy's Global U.S. practice.

The office is situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan, which offers easy access to some of the world’s most recognizable destinations. The neighborhood also boasts top-flight restaurants and bars, from Michelin starred restaurants to tasty Halal vendors.

In June 2011, Allen & Overy opened its Washington, D.C. office, and with the addition of three new partners, the firm bolstered its leading U.S. Regulatory practice.

Our Washington, D.C. office is located near the Metro Center station in the nation’s capitol, just a few blocks north of the heart of Pennsylvania Avenue, the historic street that is home to many of Washington DC’s parades and festivals.

In March 2021, Allen & Overy opened its Los Angeles office with a renewables practice including with three founding partners and a group of associates, bolstering the firm’s leading Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice.

All of our US offices provide a broad range of sophisticated legal services, while being fully integrated within the Allen & Overy global network.

Learning and development

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, we believe that nurturing our talent will give us an advantage over our competitors, ensuring we have the best client relationships and business leaders in the market to drive our future success.

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, while helping you build the skills you need for your career - whether that is at A&O or elsewhere.

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

The A&O Leadership Center equips our Partners with the business skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop deeper and more strategic relationships with our clients. The Center offers a combination of programs, 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.

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 offer comprehensive medical insurance, life insurance and disability benefits. We sponsor a group 401(k) retirement plan, as well as an educational savings plan for your children or beneficiaries. We also host annual on-site wellness programs and have a comprehensive work/life assistance program available to all employees.

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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