A&O opts for continuity as Dejonghe becomes senior partner

Wim Dejonghe
Wim Dejonghe

Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced managing partner Wim Dejonghe will become the firm’s senior partner from the start of May.

Dejonghe, who has been managing partner since 2008, will take over from current senior partner David Morley. Morley is set to retire at the end of April after completing two terms in the role.

The firm announced in December that Dejonghe would be running against dispute resolution head Tim House for the senior partner role, as well as banking co-head Stephen Kensall and Paris-based competition partner Michel Struys.

Meanwhile, the magic circle firm is due to announce who will become its next managing partner at the end of next week.

Contenders include corporate co-head Andrew Ballheimer, banking co-head Andrew Trahair and banking partner Michael Castle. Tokyo corporate finance partner Simon Black is the only non-European based partner to be running in A&O’s 2016 elections.