9. Allen & Overy
|Home jurisdiction:||United Kingdom|
|Total size of firm:||5,535|
|No. of competition specialists:||109|
|Percentage of competition specialists:||2|
|Who’s Who Legal nominees:||18|
|Percentage of partners in Who’s Who Legal:||75|
|Counsel and consultants:||11|
|No. of lateral partner hires:||1|
|No. of partner departures:||0|
|No. of internal promotions:||2|
The firm created two new partners in Brussels and Warsaw, and hired John Terzaken, former director of criminal enforcement at the DoJ, as partner in its Washington, DC, office. Dave Poddar, meanwhile, left his position as head of the firm’s recently opened Australian practice, while Simon Pritchard announced plans to move to Linklaters in spring next year. Partner Michael Reynolds was nominated to president of the International Bar Association in October.
The firm advised on some of last year’s most significant mergers. Its work advising Seagate Technology on a multi-jurisdictional review of its acquisition of Samsung’s hard disk drive business won “Matter of the Year” at the GCR Awards 2012. The team is advising logistics company TNT Express on its €5.7 billion acquisition by rival UPS, and Tand Mexichem on its public takeover of pipe manufacturer.
Meanwhile, Brussels practice head Dirk Arts is counsel to DSV Air & Sea in DG Comp’s freight forwarding cartel case. Reynolds is representing Hitachi in an appeal to the European Court of Justice over a gas insulated switchgear cartel fine imposed by the Czech competition authority. Samsung is a key client, and the firm is representing the technology company in several matters, including an alleged abuse of dominance over wireless technology patents, and the LCD and CRT cartel probes.