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Wim Dejonghe

Senior Partner

London

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Wim Dejonghe

Senior Partner

London

Wim Dejonghe has been part of Allen & Overy’s senior leadership team since 2008, first as Global Managing Partner, and since 2016, as the firm’s Senior Partner.

During that time he has led the firm through a period of significant change in the legal industry and the global business landscape, winning recognition in 2018 as “Law Firm leader of the Year” in the British Legal Awards. Driving innovation and change and embedding a growth mindset are the hallmarks of his approach. 

As Managing Partner, he played a central role in restructuring the partnership and shaping the business in the wake of the financial crisis, putting the firm on a path of consistent growth and freeing up investment to expand A&O’s network of international offices at a time when many law firms were either retrenching or stagnating. These moves cemented A&O’s position as a global elite law firm. 

Wim played a pivotal role in establishing the Legal Services Centre in Belfast, offering clients new ways to control their legal costs. It was the first of a series of innovations he spearheaded which have contributed to A&O being named “Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe” a record six times in the FT Innovative Lawyer awards. These include the creation of Peerpoint, the consultant lawyer platform, the Project Management Office, A&O Consulting and Fuse, A&O’s thriving tech innovation space. He has also played a lead role in driving A&O’s diversity and inclusion agenda and, externally, has become a frequent public speaker offering deep insights into trends in the legal sector and business and economic affairs.

As a trusted adviser for many large organisations, clients are at the heart of his thinking. Wim has developed a strong connection with senior executives trying to make sense of real commercial issues. 

Wim joined A&O as a partner in 2001, having previously been a partner at Loeff Claeys Verbeke since 1993. He was Managing Partner of the Belgian offices from 1996 until his election as A&O’s Global Managing Partner. He also co-headed the firm’s Global Corporate practice. 

A multilinguist, Wim has also practised in Washington DC, New York and Barcelona. He co-wrote the book “M&A in Belgium”, the only in-depth and comprehensive legal guide to the Belgian transactions market. 

News & insights

Girl in classroom setting writing on paper

News: 23 JULY 2021

A&O announces Street Child as new Global Charity Partner following firm-wide vote

Nearly 2,500 people from across the world took part.

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Wim Dejonghe and Gareth Price in an informal setting

Publications: 15 JULY 2021

The year in review: Strong performance backed by cross-practice growth and leading global network

We delivered a strong financial performance in the year to 30 April 2021, as the global economy steadily recovered from the upheaval and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic. This success results…

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News: 15 JULY 2021

Cross-practice growth drives A&O annual results

Allen & Overy has announced its annual results for the year ended 30 April 2021, which saw a good performance from the firm in its first full trading year since the start of the global Covid-19…

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Publications: 22 JUNE 2021

Podcast: English law and the English courts five years after the Brexit referendum – are they still an attractive choice?

We are now five years on from the UK’s Brexit referendum, and a question remains as to whether English law and the English courts are still an attractive option for commercial parties.

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as advocate, Belgium, 1989

Stagiaire, Belgium, 1986 -1989

Registered European lawyer, England and Wales, 2008

Academic

Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1984

Awards & accolades

Alumnus of the year

Law faculty of KU Leuven (VRG), 2017

FT & HERoes 50 Male Champions list

Financial Times & HERoes, 2018

Law Firm Leader of the Year

British Legal Awards, 2018

Published work

  • Dejonghe. W, Van de Voorde. W, 2001, "Mergers and Acquisitions in Belgium", Kluwer Law International, The Hague, London, Boston
  • "European Counsel Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook", Chapter on Belgium, Millenium Edition: "From Bid to Closing", 2000
  • "Vennootschapsrecht & Fiscaliteit", articles on mergers and acquisitions in several editions