Allen & Overy opens Oz office

Allen & Overy, one of the UK’s top five law firms, has launched a new practice in Australia to boost its reach in the Asia-Pacific region.

The “magic circle” City firm, which employs 5,000 staff across the globe, said the Australian practice
would be made up of 17 partners in two offices in Sydney and Perth.

Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley said: “Our decision to launch in Australia underlines the increasing importance of Australia in the global and Asia-Pacific economies. We see opportunities for high-end, cross-border M&A and finance work.”