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Dan Guyder

Partner - Banking

Allen & Overy offers a world class practice and we are pursuing an exceptional global business model.

I was particularly drawn to the growth prospects in the U.S. Law Group and the New York office, and believe that our continued success rests in part on ensuring that they remain strong and capable. Allen & Overy presented a real opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

My specialism is business restructuring. Having practised in this area now for nearly ten years, I really enjoy the mix of dispute resolution and transactional work that often accompanies it. Perhaps more than other practice areas, restructuring requires a strong core competency in technical bankruptcy matters, but also relies heavily on general finance and commercial skills and experience. It's this mix that keeps the work interesting.

Every day is a bit different and often brings new challenges that push me beyond my core expertise. This ensures my versatility and ability to contribute in other practice areas.

The most challenging part of my job is keeping an eye on the long-term goals of any restructuring while adjusting our strategies and managing client expectations in situations that are often fluid and subject to imperfect information and time pressures. This is as intriguing as it is challenging.

I like the days that immediately follow any big transaction or crisis where you feel you have pushed your limits in terms of hours or even know-how. When all the pieces finally come together and the deal gets done or the crisis is resolved; it's a pleasure and a rush to enjoy a moment to reflect on our successes.

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