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Wim Dejonghe wins lifetime achievement award at British Legal Awards 2023

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Allen & Overy (A&O) is delighted to announce that its senior partner, Wim Dejonghe, has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the British Legal Awards 2023, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession.

The prestigious award, presented by ALM and International, celebrates the achievements of individuals who have made a significant impact on the legal sector through their leadership and innovation.

Wim has been part of A&O's senior leadership team since 2008, first as managing partner and since 2016, as senior partner. He is the longest-serving leader in the firm's history, having been re-elected for four consecutive terms. Under his guidance, A&O has achieved remarkable financial performance, strengthened its global presence and reputation, launched innovative new services and initiatives, and fostered a culture of collaboration, diversity and inclusion.

This year, he led on discussions with Shearman & Sterling on the biggest legal merger of the past 20 years.

Wim Dejonghe, senior partner, said: "I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this award, but this is testament to the amazing work of my colleagues, partners, and clients at Allen & Overy and beyond. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to lead A&O through some of the most challenging and exciting times in the history of the legal profession. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and I am confident that A&O will continue to thrive and innovate in the future as we merge with Shearman & Sterling to become the world’s first fully integrated global elite law firm."

The 2023 British Legal Awards took place on 29 November 2023 in London.