UK Top 50 2016-17: A&O managing partner Andrew Ballheimer on why clients are 'crying out' for truly global firms

A&O's managing partner discusses transatlantic mega-mergers, the Brexit 'phoney war' and the factors behind the firm's record-setting year

For this year’s UK top 50, Legal Week has spoken to law firm leaders across the market for their take on the key trends from 2016-17, as well as their plans for the year ahead. In this Q&A, Allen & Overy (A&O) managing partner Andrew Ballheimer discusses the factors behind the firm’s record year, the Brexit ‘phoney war’ and the prospects for UK-US mergers

What contributed to A&O’s strong results in 2016-17? “If you look at our network and offering, it is broader in terms of the number of offices than our peer group. We have 44 offices across the world, so the extent of our network in terms of geographic coverage has helped us.

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