Mayer Brown suffers as A&O ramps up New York

Allen & Overy has further ramped up its New York office with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

Mark Wojciechowski will join the firm as partner and head of North American leveraged finance, accompanied by fellow leveraged finance partner Andrew Mattei.

A&O’ global banking head Mike Duncan said: “The leveraged finance market in the US and globally has seen rapid growth in recent years, with real convergence between the US and Europe. Mark and Andrew’s arrival will enable Allen & Overy to further build on its reputation.”

In common with other Magic Circle firms, Allen & Overy is gearing up its operation in New York, which recorded turnover of more than US$100m (£48.81m) in 2006-07. The office has hired 46 lawyers in the past 18 months.

Mattei and Wojciechowski will work alongside partner Elizabeth Leckie, who joined A&O’s US banking practice from O’Melveny & Myers last year (The Lawyer, 18 May 2006). A&O’s leveraged acquisition debt team comprises 40 partners globally.

Wojciechowski has been a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office since 1988. Mattei joined the firm the previous year and became a partner in 1996.