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At a Glance

Uppers

“If you want to work in an international environment and on cross-border matters, there is no better place to be.”

“The lifestyle!”

Downers

“There are many layers of leadership and bureaucracy.”

“Time zone differences with colleagues and clients abroad can lead to some really brutally timed meetings and calls.”

About Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy—a historically prestigious law firm in the U.K. and a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle—has grown into one of the largest firms in the world in terms of revenue. From six U.S. locations—Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC—and with approximately 300 U.S.-based attorneys—the firm continues to make its imprint on the American map.

Royally Big

Founders George Allen and Thomas Overy left a firm called Roney & Co. to open a shop in London in 1930. It was George Allen’s representation of King Edward VIII during his 1936 abdication to marry American Wallis Simpson that really made the firm’s name (at the time, no scandal was bigger). In the decades that followed, A&O became one of London’s most prominent legal shops. 

Today, A&O has offices and partners in more than 30 countries, and it has a network of associate firms that enable it to do business in over 120 more nations. With around 600 partners and close to 3,000 lawyers, A&O is one of the largest law firms in the world. A&O has a strong U.S.-based practice and also staffs more than 400 U.S.-qualified attorneys in the U.S., the U.K., continental Europe, and Asia—the better to serve multinational clients.

Worldwide Transactions

As one would expect from a megafirm, A&O counsels in a wide variety of areas, from banking and litigation to corporate and M&A to financial services regulation and regulatory compliance to securitization and tax—and everything in between. Given its international reach, it is no surprise that A&O is skilled in cross-border disputes—the firm is a regular among the top 20 in Vault’s International Practice Area ranking. The firm’s reach is particularly useful for its litigation practice, which counsels global clients in international arbitration, finance litigation, regulatory investigations, white-collar matters—and much more.

Of course, you can’t talk about A&O without mention of its booming transactional practice. The firm has more than 1,000 lawyers specializing in banking and finance around the globe, making it one of the largest Banking and Finance departments of any law firm. The firm reaches across practice areas—including projects, leveraged finance, derivatives, regulatory, and restructuring—to deliver innovative financial counsel. It’s no wonder the firm is among the top 25 in Vault’s Banking & Finance ranking. 

On the M&A front, the firm advised on more than 240 global M&A deals in 2020 alone. Among its recent matters are advising 21st Century Fox in its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in its three-way merger with Union National Bank PJSC and Al Hilal Bank, and Tesco on the sale of the entire interest in its businesses in Thailand and Malaysia. 

The Right Direction

Allen & Overy has ditched annual performance reviews and replaced them with Compass, an innovative approach to performance and development that incorporates ongoing feedback rather than one yearly assessment. Associates receive real-time feedback via career conversations with partners. And the firm hosts a Compass app that allows attorneys to give and receive feedback at any time. Feedback isn’t limited to associates, however. The firm offers a reverse mentoring program through which associates act as mentors to A&O’s Global Board members and senior leadership.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • JFK New Terminal One: Allen & Overy advised Carlyle Infrastructure Partners, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico, and Ferrovial (the consortium) on the $9.5 billion financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the redevelopment of Terminal 1 at JFK airport. Awarded “2022 P3 Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International, “2022 North American Deal of the Year” by Proximo, and “2022 North American Transport Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal.
  • Wonderland: Allen & Overy represented Wonderland in connection with their trial win in a patent holder infringement case against Evenflo regarding car seat safety designs. The Court issued a rare judgment finding that all three patents were valid and infringed. The virtual trial took place in the District of Delaware.
  • Slack: Allen & Overy advised Slack in connection with various technology transactions involving its products and infrastructure, data privacy, policy matters, and international expansion. This includes the development of customer contracts and terms of use including transactions with key partners such as Amazon Web Services and IBM.
  • Thai Union: Allen & Overy advised Thai Union on its acquisition of Golden Gate Capital’s remaining equity stake in Red Lobster Seafood Co., the world’s largest seafood restaurant company.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Law Firm Diversity Award, 2022—National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • Best Places To Work, 2022—Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus, 2022—Diversity Lab 
  • Top Hiring Practices & Top LGBTQ+ Firm, 2020—Yale Law Women 
  • Top Global Employer, 2022—Stonewall (U.K.)
Allen & Overy LLP

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

Firm Stats

US Co-Chairs: Karen Seward (London) and Kent Rowey (Los Angeles)
Managing Partners: Dave Lewis (New York); Anthony Mansfield (Washington, DC)
Hiring Partners: Patrick Pearsall (Washington, DC), Gordon Mak (NY), Caroline Lapidus (San Francisco)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
3K - 3.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
43

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $215,000

Employment Contact

Daniel Vatanaviggun
Senior Manager US, Law Student Recruitment
(646) 344-6775
us-lawstudentrecruitment@allenovery.com
General Recruiting Email: legalcareers@allenovery.com
Law Student Recruitment-Specific Email: us-lawstudentrecruitment@allenovery.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 38

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I
Abu Dhabi
Amsterdam
Antwerp
Bangkok
Barcelona
Beijing
Belfast
Bratislava
Brussels
Budapest
Casablanca
Dubai
Düsseldorf
Frankfurt
Hamburg
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hong Kong
Istanbul
Jakarta
Johannesburg
London (HQ)
Luxembourg
Madrid
Milan
Munich
Paris
Perth
Prague
Rome
São Paulo
Seoul
Shanghai
Singapore
Sydney
Tokyo
Warsaw
Yangon

Major Departments

Anti-Bribery and Corruption
Antitrust
Asset Management
Banking and Finance
Commodities Regulation and Enforcement
Corporate and M&A
Derivatives and Structured Finance
Employment and Benefits
Environment
Financial Services Regulation and Investigations
Leveraged and Acquisition Finance
Litigation
Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
Real Estate
Regulatory Compliance
Restructuring and Insolvency
Sanctions
National Security and International Trade
Securitization
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.