Ropes & Gray London senior partner Maurice Allen to retire

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Ropes & Gray London senior partner Maurice Allen is set to retire from the firm’s partnership at the end of the year.

As a result, Ropes will phase out Allen’s senior partner role in favour of a broader leadership structure including a London office executive committee, according to a press spokesperson.

Allen will continue to work with Ropes as a consultant, focusing on the firm’s global client programme. The firm is aiming to increase the clients on the scheme – which currently includes Bain Capital, TPG Capital, BlackRock and Liberty Global – from 65 to 100 during the course of 2017.

Allen founded Ropes’ London office in January 2010 with long-time colleague Mike Goetz when the pair joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with Goetz taking the role of London managing partner.

He also set up Weil Gotshal & Manges’ City office in 1996 before he moved to White & Case in 2000 with Goetz to launch a London leveraged finance practice for the US firm.

Allen said: “It was always my plan to help launch and build the office and, by any measure, we have been incredibly successful. The team has created a unique offering which reflects the changing global economy, augmenting the core strengths of Ropes & Gray while retaining the flexibility to identify and capture future growth areas. I’m delighted to say we’ve reached the point where I can now move on to the next stage of my career.”

Goetz added: “We are grateful for the great leadership and energy that Maurice has demonstrated over the past seven years. The firm has been on a fantastic journey and the growth we have enjoyed in London is in no small part down to his vision and drive. I am personally proud to have worked on this with him.”

Ropes has continued to expand in London in recent years, and last spring it launched a London commercial litigation practice with the hire of K&L Gates partner Thomas Ross.