International law firm Allen & Overy has announced 21 promotions to partner
for 2004. The new partners cover a wide range of practice areas across the
firm’s international network, reflecting its continued commitment to global
expansion. The new partners specialise in banking, corporate, international
capital markets, litigation, employment, pensions and incentives, tax and US
in the firm’s Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bratislava, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt,
Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York and Tokyo offices.
A number of othershave been promoted from local to equity partner. 29 new partners were made up in 2003 and 31 were made up in 2002.
Brief biographical details of the new partners are set out below:
Andrei Baev – Moscow
Andrei graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute (Russia) in 1989 and
later received an LLM degree from the University of California, Los Angeles,
USA (1994), and JSM and JSD degrees from Stanford University, USA (1996). He
is qualified to practise law by the Supreme Court of New York (2000), by the
State Bar of California (1995) and in Russia by the Law Faculty of the
Sverdlovsk Law Institute (1989). Prior to joining A&O, Andrei worked as an
associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Mayer, Brown & Platt in Los
Angeles. Andrei also worked at A&O in New York before transferring to the
Moscow office, where he now becomes a partner.
Andy Bautista – Hong Kong
Andy obtained his LLB degree in 1990 from the Ateneo de Manila University.
He graduated as valedictorian and was awarded the gold medal for academic
excellence. After clerking with the Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice,
he took his LLM at Harvard Law School in 1993. Having been admitted to both
the Philippine and New York Bars, Andy worked as an associate at White &
Case’s New York office until 1997. He then transferred as a senior associate
at White & Case’s Hong Kong office before joining A&O as a consultant, in
2001. Andy now becomes a partner.
Ian Borman – London – Leveraged Finance
Ian graduated with an MA (Law) at Cambridge University in 1993. He went on
to complete a Diploma in Legal Practice at Nottingham Trent University.
After completing his traineeship at Alsop Wilkinson in Manchester, Ian
joined A&O on qualification as a solicitor in 1996. He has been a director,
and is currently non-executive chairman of L’Overture Trust Limited, an arts
and education charity working with children and young adults since 1998. Ian
now becomes a partner in the London office.
Ernest Chung – New York – Projects
Ernest graduated magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College in
1992 and completed his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1996. From 1992
to 1993, he lectured in Economics at Tashkent State Economics University in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Ernest joined A&O in 1996 as an associate in the
project finance group and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1997. He now
becomes a partner in the Banking department, based in the New York office.
Adam Moncrieff – Tokyo
Adam graduated in 1988 as a Bachelor of Economics and then went on to
complete his Bachelor of Law degree in 1991 at the University of Sydney,
Australia. He was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1992 and
also completed a diploma in Applied Finance and Investment at the Securities
Institute of Australia in 1998. He joined A&O as a senior associate in Hong
Kong in 1997 and then transferred to the A&O Tokyo office in August 2002.
Adam was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003 and now
becomes a partner in the A&O Tokyo office.
Filip Tanghe – Antwerp
Filip became a member of the Brussels Bar in 1993 and joined the Antwerp Bar
in 2002. He graduated cum laude from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame
de la Paix in 1989 and from the University of Leuven in 1992. Filip also
completed an MBA from the Institut d’Administration et Gestion d’Enterprise
in 1993 at UCL. Before being seconded to A&O in 2001, Filip worked as a
lawyer at Loeff Claeys Verbeke. He became a senior associate in January 2001
and now becomes a partner in the Antwerp office.
Andrew Thomas – Amsterdam
Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Law
(Honours) in 1992. He had previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce in
1989. Andrew’s career started at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks Solicitors in
Melbourne and then moved to ABN AMRO Bank, where his various postings moved
him between London and Amsterdam between 1994 and 1999. He qualified as a
barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1994 and
returned to practise in Melbourne from 1999 to 2000. Andrew joined the A&O
Amsterdam office as a senior associate in the Banking and Finance team in
March 2001, where he now becomes a partner.
Dirk Arts – Brussels
Dirk graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) as licentiaat
in de Rechten in 1988. He completed his Master of Laws at the Michigan Law
School in 1990, and was admitted to the Bar of Brussels in 2001. Dirk worked
as a research assistant at the Institute for European Law of the KUL before
working as a referendaris in the Court of First Instance of the European
Communities. He joined the A&O Brussels office in 1997, specialising in
European and competition law. He is a part-time visiting professor at the
Free University of Brussels and regularly lectures at the College of Europe.
He now becomes a partner in the Brussels office.
David Broadley – London
David joined A&O as a trainee in September 1994 after graduating from the
University of Leeds in 1992 with a BA Hons in History/Philosophy. He
qualified into the Corporate department of the London office in 1996, having
spent six months in the firm’s Tokyo office. David was seconded to J. Henry
Schroder & Co. for all of 1999, working in one of their UK M&A teams. David
now becomes a corporate partner in the London office.
Khalid Garousha – Dubai
After graduating from Sheffield University in July 1993 with his Law degree
(LLB Honours), Khalid studied at the College of Law, London, until 1995. He
worked as a trainee solicitor at Cameron Markby Hewitt and qualified as a
solicitor in September 1997 with CMS Cameron McKenna. He joined A&O London
in 2000 and transferred to the A&O Dubai office in October 2000, where he
now becomes a partner.
Hugh Owen – Bratislava
Hugh graduated in Law in 1992 from King’s College, London. He joined A&O as
a trainee in 1994, working in London, with a six-month secondment to the
Prague office. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1996. As an associate at
A&O, Hugh worked in the London office for two years and then in Prague for
three years. He moved to the A&O Bratislava office as a senior associate in
2000, where he now becomes a partner. Hugh does mainly corporate work
(including M&A, privatisations, FDI and private equity), but also has an
active finance practice. Hugh works primarily in Slovakia, but also covers
Romania and Bulgaria for the firm.
Ken Rivlin – New York
Ken joined A&O in July 2001 to start and head up the US Environmental Law
Group. Previously, Ken worked in the environmental law groups at Cravath,
Swaine & Moore in New York from 1996 through 2001, and at McCarter & English
in New Jersey from 1994 through 1996. He holds an B.A. in History from Brown
University (1987) and a JD cum laude from Boston University School of Law
(1994). He is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars. Ken now becomes
a partner in the Corporate Department and remains head of the US
Environmental Law Group in A&O’s New York office.
Däna Burstow – London – Pensions
Däna graduated with a BA Honours in German and Italian at Leeds University
in 1991, and then completed her Common Professional Examination and Law
Society Finals in Chester. After joining the A&O London office as a trainee
in 1993, Däna qualified as a solicitor into the EPI department in the London
A&O office, where she now becomes a partner specialising in pensions.
Chris Bernard – London – US Securities
Chris graduated with a BA (English) from the University of California at
Berkeley, followed by a JD and MA at the University of Virginia in 1996.
Chris has been working as an associate since 1996 and is a member of the New
York State Bar. Before joining A&O, he worked at Sullivan & Cromwell’s
London office and Hale and Dorr in Boston. He works in the London ICM
department, where he now becomes a partner.
Piya Perera – Tokyo
Piya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in June 1983 and
from the Columbia University School of Law in May 1990. While at Columbia,
he received a Recognition of Achievement in International Law from the
Parker School of Foreign and Corporate Law. Following law school, Piya
worked as an associate at law firms in New York City and San Francisco. He
then went to Fenwick & West in Palo Alto as Of Counsel, from where he joined
Allen & Overy Tokyo as Senior Counsel in 2002. Piya now becomes a partner in
the Allen & Overy Tokyo office.
John Skuter – London – Securitisation
John graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1993 from the University of
British Columbia, Canada after completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
degree at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1990. He was admitted as a
solicitor in the Province of British Columbia in 1994 and in England and
Wales in 1999. John trained with McCarthy Tetrault and then practised
corporate finance in Vancouver, Canada for four years. He joined the A&O
London office as a senior securitisation associate in the ICM department in
1998, where he now becomes a partner.
Mark Levy – London
Mark graduated with a degree in English literature from Exeter College,
Oxford in 1991 and then attended Chester Law School. He joined A&O as a
trainee in March 1995. After a spell in the Hong Kong office, he qualified
into the Litigation department in March 1997. He works in the commercial
litigation group and is a member of the firm’s international arbitration
group. He now becomes a partner.
James Partridge – London
James studied law at King’s College London and graduated with first class
honours in 1992. He then went on to complete his Law Society Finals in
Chester. James joined A&O as a trainee in 1994, spending six months of his
training contract in the Prague office. He qualified into the Litigation
department in 1996. Since qualification, James has worked on a broad range
of cases, recently returning from a one month trial in the Bahamas. He
specialises in banking and finance and trust, asset tracing and fraud
litigation and is currently based at Canary Wharf. He spent five months at
CSFB on secondment as in-house litigation counsel during 2002. James now
becomes a partner in the Litigation department.
Chris Harrison – London
Chris graduated from Manchester University with a Law degree (first class
honours) in 1992 and completed his Law Society Finals at the College of Law
in Chester in 1993. He worked as a trainee solicitor for Baker & McKenzie
before qualifying as a solicitor in September 1995. Chris then moved to
Slaughter and May prior to joining the A&O London Tax department in July
2001. Chris now becomes a partner in the Tax department.
Asmus Mihm – Frankfurt
Following the completion of his postgraduate studies in Law, Asmus graduated
from the University of Cologne in 1996 with his Doctorate in Law. He was
admitted as German Rechtsanwalt (Frankfurt Bar) in May 1996 and earned the
degree of a Qualified Lawyer Specialising in Tax Law in June 2000. Asmus
started his career at Hengeler Mueller, where he worked in the Frankfurt and
Düsseldorf offices. During this time he was seconded to Ropes & Gray, Boston
for one year. Before joining A&O’s Frankfurt office in November 2002, Asmus
worked at Goldman Sachs for one year. Asmus now becomes the second Tax
partner in the A&O Frankfurt office.
Patrick Smet – Brussels
Patrick graduated cum laude with a law degree in 1993 from Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven and then graduated magna cum laude and primus with a tax
science degree from FHS (Brussels). He qualified at the Brussels Bar in
September 1993 and joined a tax boutique firm in Brussels. He worked as an
associate at Loeff Claeys Verbeke between 1994 and 2000, including a
six-month secondment to Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris. He joined the A&O
Brussels office in January 2001, where he developed the financial tax
practice. Patrick now becomes a partner in the Tax department in the A&O
As of 1 May 2004, this will bring the total number of Allen & Overy partners