Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling (Shearman) have announced the first partner promotion

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling (Shearman) have announced the first partner promotion

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling (Shearman) have announced the first partner promotions for their soon-to-be merged entity, A&O Shearman. The combined firm will welcome 40 new partners upon the merger’s completion on May 1, 2024. Of these, A&O has promoted 32 partners, while Shearman has added eight, reflecting the relative sizes and global reach of the two firms.

The newly promoted partners are spread across 15 offices in 11 countries. The promotions include 13 in the United States, nine in the United Kingdom, 13 across Continental Europe, one in the Middle East, and four in Asia.

Khalid Garousha, the interim managing partner at A&O, expressed enthusiasm for the new partners joining A&O Shearman, highlighting that 42% of the promotions are women, aligning with the firm’s diversity goals. He emphasized that the new partners bring substantial expertise, enhancing the firm’s service offerings in key markets.

Adam Hakki, senior partner at Shearman, congratulated the promoted lawyers, noting their exceptional talent and strong client service track records. He pointed out that the diversity, geographic spread, and wide-ranging expertise of the new partners underscore the quality and depth of the combined firm. Hakki is confident in their future successes and contributions to the firm.

The newly elected partners include:

Allen & Overy

United States

  • New York
    • Lena Kiely, International Capital Markets
    • Puja Patel, Corporate
    • Derek Poon, International Capital Markets
  • Washington D.C.
    • Michael Sykes, Banking
    • Gideon Wiginton, Banking

United Kingdom

  • London
    • Tim Bates, International Capital Markets
    • Imogen Carr, Corporate
    • Vanessa Morgan, Management
    • Rebecca Noble, Banking
    • Rachel O’Reilly, Banking
    • Kate Pumfrey, Litigation
    • Alex Shandro, Corporate
    • Jason Symington, Banking
    • David Weaver, Corporate

Continental Europe

  • Brussels, Belgium
    • Axel de Backer, Banking
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Luke Whibley, Banking
  • Paris, France
    • Laurie-Anne Ancenys, Corporate
    • Charles del Valle, Tax
    • Anne-Caroline Payelle, Corporate
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Catharina Glugla, Corporate
  • Munich, Germany
    • Rauni Ahammer, Banking
  • Frankfurt, Germany
    • Tim Drach, Tax
    • David Schmid, Litigation
    • Sebastian Schulz, Litigation
  • Luxembourg
    • Baptiste Aubry, International Capital Markets
    • Franz Kerger, Tax
  • Madrid, Spain
    • Ishtar Sancho, Tax

Middle East

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Arash Koozehkanani, Litigation


  • Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Mohammad Andrew, International Capital Markets
  • Singapore
    • Matthew Del Rosso, Banking
    • Jessica Lee, Banking
    • Ayesha Thapar, Corporate

Shearman & Sterling

United States

  • New York
    • Melisa Brower, Compensation, Governance and ERISA
    • Jonathan Cheng, Antitrust
    • Joshua Ebersole, Litigation
    • Jai Garg, Compensation, Governance and ERISA
    • Christopher Glenn, Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Leila Siddiky, Litigation
  • Washington D.C.
    • Brian Hauser, Antitrust
  • Austin
    • Michelle Kwan, Emerging Growth

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