This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR – UAE, Capital Markets, Public Procurement
Allen & Overy has embraced the globalisation of the legal services industry and focused on expanding into strategic markets for clients. Between 2010 and 2012, the firm opened offices in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Qatar, Morocco and Turkey.
|ALLEN & OVERY|
|Arbitration||4||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Aviation||12||Labour & Employment||6|
|Business Crime Defence||2||M&A||6|
|Corporate Goverance||2||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Tax||10||Project Fiance||20|
|Franchise||1||Telecoms & Media||4|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||5|
The firm continues to advise on many ground-breaking transactions including the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam and the creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market. In addition, 2013 saw the firm represent Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’ blockbuster drug Lucentis.
|Total Listings in WWL||191||Established||1930|
|Home jurisdiction||UK||Total size of firm||2,821|
|Number of partners||525||Number of offices||43|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Capital markets is an area in which the firm excels, earning the title of our “capital markets law firm of the year”. The practice consists of over 450 lawyers worldwide and includes Tony Sparks in Sydney, who is “well known” for his work in relation to debt and equity capital market transactions and is considered a “great asset” to the firm. Bimal Desai in Dubai has a broad finance and projects practice and earns recognition for his work in banking, structured finance, energy, project finance and public procurement. He is particularly active in the petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors. Abu Dhabi-based Khalid Garousha is recommended in the areas of capital markets and M&A. He provides a “value-added service” to clients and is considered “reliable and hardworking”. Sylvia Kierszenbaum in Antwerp advises on capital market and structured finance transactions. She is a “sophisticated practitioner” who is “very capable”. Henri Wagner is located in the firm’s Luxembourg office and heads the office’s banking and capital markets department. He receives high praise for his “precision and attention to detail”. Anzal Mohammed in Dubai heads the capital markets practice in the Middle East and is the partner in charge of the global Islamic finance practice. He concentrates his practice on equity offerings, debt issuance programmes, securitisations and sukuk transactions. On the Islamic finance front he is joined by Jamie Durham and Roger Wedderburn-Day in London and Riyadh-based Julian Johansen.
The project finance team at Allen & Overy is “first rate”. Recent work includes advising Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company in connection with the $1.02 billion 410MW Xe-Pian and Xe-Namnoy cross-border hydropower project located in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. New York-based Robert Kartheiser is considered a “star” in the project finance sector. His practice has seen him advise Deutsche Bank in a transaction with Petrobras involving a gas-fired power plant in Brazil and the sponsors of a US$600 million upgrading of the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá under a concession and to be financed by multilateral and commercial bank lenders. David Slade is the senior partner of the Washington, DC office and he has extensive experience in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects. He is particularly active in the Americas, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Kent Rowey in New York advises investors, credit providers, public sector entities, contractors and others in infrastructure and natural resources transactions. He is a “leading authority” on project finance in the transportation sector. Adam Stapledon in Sydney is a “project finance guru”. He acts for both lenders and borrowers and has experience in projects in the resources, power, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. He is joined by Christopher Rushton, who specialises in projects in Asia and the Middle East. John Richards in Singapore is noted for his finance work in the Southeast Asia region while Kayal Sachi, who is Singapore and English qualified, is praised for her “depth of expertise”. Tim Scales in Paris focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and is “top notch”. Andrew Trahair is co-head of the global banking practice and particularly well known for his project finance work.
Allen & Overy’s banking practice comprises more than 1,000 lawyers with experience across the full range of financial products aswell as regulatory expertise. Co-head of the global practice Stephen Kensell covers all areas of debt financing including syndicated lending, investment grade and leveraged acquisition finance as well as telecommunications financing. Timothy Polglase is the global head of the leveraged finance practice and he advises on structured finance transactions including leveraged buyouts. Brussels-based Daniel Gillet advises many major banks and investment funds and has considerable experience in real estate transactions. Jason Huinink in Sydney focuses on structured and asset financing and is also well known for his work in the aviation sector. Ian Ingram-Johnson in Dubai specialises in multi-source financings in a wide range of sectors including power, petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecoms, transport and infrastructure.
The competition practice includes experts across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas to serve clients’ global needs. Antonio Bavasso is co-head of the global antitrust practice and specialises in merger and behavioural investigations and antitrust litigation. Head of the Belgian competition law department Dirk Arts is a “sensational” lawyer advising on local and EU law. He has particular experience in the energy, media, chemical, retail and automobile sectors. Michael Reynolds has extensive experience in European competition law having been practising in the sector for over 30 years. He represents clients in merger control, cartel and unilateral conduct cases. Martin Bechtold is a “go-to” lawyer for complex second phase merger investigations. In Paris, Olivier Fréget advises on mergers, cartels, transfer of technology agreements, abuse of dominance and state aids. He is well known for his work in the telecoms and media sector. François Renard in Beijing leads the China antitrust practice and is “highly accomplished”.
The firm’s experience in public procurement is “unsurpassed”. Head of the global public law practice Helga Van Peer specialises in PPP projects and public procurement issues. Based in Brussels, she is considered “very astute”. Olaf Otting in Frankfurt heads the public law group in Germany and is a “leading figure” in the public procurement sector. Hong Kong-based Thomas Brown also specialises in project finance and has extensive experience in the transport sector.
Allen & Overy partakes in global pro bono matters and undertook 44,945 hours of pro bono and CSR in 2013 at a value of over £15 million. The firm’s work revolves around four key themes: access to justice; access to education and employability; global firm, global response; and helping local communities. The firm runs weekly legal advice clinics in London, advises on the “solidarity bus”, which drives around Paris delivering free legal advice, and in Madrid, operates a community advice service through the Communidad Autonoma de Madrid supporting immigrants to Spain on basic legal issues.
The firm believes it has a responsibility to drive change in the legal profession, ensuring it is attractive and accessible to talented people despite their age, gender, ethnicity and social background. In 2010, the firm introduced part-time arrangements for full equity partners. The arrangements are open to all partners globally for a maximum period of eight years. The firm’s most recent diversity statistics show that female partners account for 16 per cent.
Allen & Overy aims to remain a “market leader” in the legal industry by “staying one step ahead” and continually thinking of new and original ways of meeting clients’ most complex legal challenges. To meet its clients’ global needs, it has also developed ties with relationship firms in more than 100 countries where it does not have a presence.
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