A&O management board gets complete makeover

Allen & Overy

(A&O) has completely overhauled its global management board. Only Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema was re-elected.

The four new members are almost entirely City-based. They are litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (23 March).

Projects partners Anne Baldock and Jonathan Brayne and Brussels managing partner Wim Dejonghe were dropped from the board after standing for re-election.

Global head of business acceptance Mark Welling did not stand for re-election because he plans to retire.

A number of A&O partners said they were surprised by the result.

One source told The Lawyer that partners were unprepared for some of the departures. “I think most people would say that it was a very strong line-up,” the source said. “But it’s definitely a shock that Anne wasn’t voted in. She was a very committed board member and I would have put money on her being re-elected.”

London-based candidates who stood for election but were unsuccessful were financial regulatory partner Paul Phillips and employment, pensions and incentives partner Karen Seward.

Unsuccessful candidates outside the City included German corporate partner Reinhard Hermes, Paris tax partner Siamak Mostafavi and New York banking partner Carl Sheldon.

The new board members will serve for four years from 1 May.

Managing partner David Morley, senior partner Guy Beringer and finance director Ian Dinwiddle continue as members of the board.