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A&O creates Executive Committee and Client Group

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24 May 2017

​Allen & Overy LLP is creating an Executive Committee and a Client Group as part of a number of changes to how the firm is run. The changes, which have been agreed following a detailed consultation among the partnership, are designed to support the firm’s growth through a more structured approach to the development and management of client relationships, a more integrated and collaborative approach to delivering client services, and new forums to strengthen leadership and governance.

The Executive Committee, which will meet for the first time in June, will be co-chaired by the senior partner and managing partner and will include representatives from the Practice Groups, regions and the new Client Group. It will be responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s strategy and overall performance management.
The Client Group will be structured around industry sectors and will be accountable for growth in those sectors and for the development of client relationships. It will be chaired by the senior partner and include the managing partner and representatives of the sectors and client relationship management. Both the Executive Committee and Client Group will work closely with the Board, which will have an enhanced role in reviewing strategy and maintaining the firm’s culture.
Commenting on these business changes, A&O managing partner Andrew Ballheimer said: “These are forward-looking changes that will allow us to use our global network even more effectively to deliver the services our clients want. They maintain the best collaborative strengths of our partnership while providing clear and accountable leadership.”
A&O senior partner Wim Dejonghe said: “We’ve already established a successful sector approach across our business and the Client Group will help us to take an even better view of client opportunities and investment priorities.”
Further changes include enhanced internal reporting of practice group, sector and client information on global lines. Support functions will also be run along global lines by 1 May 2018, to achieve consistency of standards and service, and greater international collaboration.
More information can be found here.