Allen & Overy LLP at a Glance


  • “Global network”
  • “Smart and interesting colleagues”
  • “Lots of responsibility”


  • “Limited long term career prospects”
  • “Regular conference calls with Asia”
  • “Smaller client base than comparable firms”

The Buzz

  • “Excellent banking practice”
  • “International”
  • “Eurocentric”
  • “Stuffy”

About Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy stands as not only one of the U.K.'s most prestigious law firms-a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle-but one of the largest firms in the world in terms of revenue. From two U.S. locations in New York and Washington, DC-and 180 U.S.-based attorneys-the firm continues to make its imprint on the American map, handling such matters as Nasdaq's audacious bid for the London Stock Exchange. 

A Convenient Abdication

Founders George Allen and Thomas Overy left a firm called Roney & Co. to open shop in London in 1930 and build a commercial practice. They brought along their Roney client lists and managed to drum up enough business to stay afloat, even though Europe was still recovering from World War I and the United States was plunging into the Great Depression. It was Allen's representation of King Edward VIII during his1936 abdication to marry American Wallis Simpson that really made the firm's name (at the time, no scandal was bigger). The firm grew in the post-WWII years, but its leaders soon made their exits: Allen retired in 1953, and Overy developed health problems that forced him to stop working in 1960. By then, the firm they'd built had become one of London's most prominent legal shops.

The dawn of the 1970s brought change and turbulence: A&O began making inroads in the then-new field of intellectual property and developing a robust banking practice. It continued to expand under the guidance of new partners-most notably Jim Thomson, who had a sterling reputation as a commercial lawyer. In 1971, Thomson was killed in a car accident; the shock devastated the firm, and some wondered how it would survive without Thomson's leadership.

From London to the World

But survive it did-A&O took advantage of the increasingly global nature of finance, working on early syndicated loan and Eurobond transactions and doing business far from its home base in London. Legend has it that one globetrotting A&O partner offered an ailing seatmate some stomach medicine on a flight from the Middle East to London-the man turned out to be a UBS senior executive who was interested in Eurobond deals, and thus UBS became an A&O client. By the mid-1990s the firm earned more revenue from its non-U.K. clients than its domestic clients.

Today A&O has offices and partners in 30 countries, and it has a network of associate firms that enable it to do business in 100 more nations. Among the sectors it serves are energy and natural resources, financial services, real estate, life sciences, insurance, hotels and leisure and communications, media and technology. And while the firm has a strong U.S.-based practice, the group border hops: A&O staffs U.S.-qualified attorneys in the U.S., the U.K., continental Europe and Asia-the better to serve multinational clients.



They're Kind of a Big Deal
Allen & Overy was awarded several "deals of the year" recognitions in the Americas including, IFLR's Americas M&A Deal of the Year, Trade Finance's Americas Deal of the Year and The American Lawyer's Finance Deal of the Year. Allen & Overy was also named Global Infrastructure Firm of the year by Infrastructure Investor.

November 2014

Brand New
Allen & Overy rebranded its online affiliate company, now call aosphere, which offers high quality online compliance and legal risk management products to asset managers all over the world.

March 2015

Perfect Vision
On International Women's Day, A&O reported on the status of its "20:20 vision" to lift the proportion of women partners in the firm to at least 20 percent by 2020. Many areas of the business already have more than 20 percent female partners but an increase is needed in all offices to reach the global target.

April 2015

You Deserve a Promotion
Allen & Overy announced promotions of 22 lawyers to partner across 12 offices in 11 countries. 68 percent of the new partners are located outside of London and 40 percent of the new partners are women two of which are from the U.S.

January 2015

Topping the League Tables
Allen & Overy has topped Dealogic's Global Project Finance League tables for 2014 by both value and volume and recorded a global market share of 9.2 percent having advised on 75 deals worth $33.4 billion.

Allen & Overy was ranked first by volume of deals and second by value of deals by Bloomberg for cross-border M&A in 2014.

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Allen & Overy LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 610-6300
Fax: (212) 610-6399


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner, Americas: David Krischer
  • New York Hiring Partners: Erwin Dweck and Laura Hall
  • London Hiring Partner: Sachin Dave
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 2,550

  • Employment Contact
    Nicole Lancia
    Senior Manager, US Recruitment
    Phone: (212) 610-6300
    Fax: (212) 610-6399

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $200,000
    5th year: $225,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,076/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    22 out of 22 (New York, DC, London and Hong Kong) (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & EU
    Derivatives & Structured Products
    Employment & Benefits
    Energy & Natural Resources
    Environmental, Climate Change, Regulatory
    Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Arbitration
    International Capital Markets
    Latin America
    Political Law
    Project Finance
    Real Estate Finance
    U.S. China Group
    U.S. Regulatory

Major Office Locations

  • London (HQ) • New York, NY • Washington, DC • Abu Dhabi • Amsterdam • Antwerp • Athens (representative office) • Bangkok • Beijing • Belfast • Bratislava • Brussels • Bucharest (associated office) • Budapest • Casablanca • Doha • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh City • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Jakarta (associated office) • Johannesburg • London • Luxembourg • Madrid • Mannheim • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Perth • Prague • Riyadh (associated office) • Rome • São Paulo • Shanghai • Singapore • Sydney • Tokyo • Toronto • Warsaw • Yangon

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