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The Alumni Network remembers A&O colleagues and friends who passed away between 17 October 2022 and 17 October 2023.

Bill Tudor John

A&O: 1966-2000

Bill Tudor John, former A&O senior partner, died in June 2023 following a short illness. He was 79.

Bill started at A&O in 1966, making partner in 1972. During the 1990s, he led the firm, first as managing partner and then senior partner, through a period of significant international growth and transformation.

As Wim Dejonghe, senior partner said: “Bill was a charismatic leader, strategic thinker and trusted adviser to hundreds of clients. He was one of the leading banking lawyers in the City of London with an outstanding international practice at a time when today’s staple products of international finance were in their infancy.

“He inspired a generation of partners and staff, and made an invaluable contribution to A&O’s success, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Bill retired from the firm in 2000 but went on to have a successful career in banking with Lehman Brothers and Nomura, as well as being deputy chair of the Financial Markets Law Committee, deputy chair of the Nationwide Building Society and a Fellow of Downing College Cambridge.

Bill was a charismatic leader, strategic thinker and trusted adviser to hundreds of clients.

Edwin Tham

A&O: 1997-2015

Edwin Tham, former managing partner of A&O’s Moscow office, died in August 2023 following a car accident. He was 58.

Edwin started his A&O career in Moscow in 1997, where he quickly progressed and made banking partner in 2001. He then switched to corporate, first leading our Russian and CIS Corporate practice, and then becoming managing partner of the Moscow office between 2011 and 2015.

Wim Dejonghe, senior partner, said: “Edwin was an exceptional man and A&O partner. Very sophisticated. I enjoyed spending time with him.”

Khalid Garousha, interim global managing partner, added: “I had the privilege of getting to know Edwin over many years. He was a real gentleman.”

After leaving A&O in 2015, Edwin joined Danilov & Partners as senior counsel and was promoted to partner in 2018. His most recent role was as senior counsel at INGVARR, with expertise in corporate M&A and energy and natural resources. 

Edwin was an exceptional man and A&O partner. Very sophisticated. I enjoyed spending time with him.

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