Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley has relocated to Germany for a month as the firm seeks to increase its footprint in Europe’s largest market.
Morley said he decided to second himself because he felt it was hard to get to know the firm’s five offices in the country through “piecemeal visits”.
In an email to the firm Morley said: “Germany’s an increasingly important part of the firm. We have ambitious plans to grow.”
He added: “My goals are to add to my understanding of the market, to help progress our plans for growth, to demonstrate appreciation to our German partners and staff for their success and hard work, and to encourage them in their ambitions to grow the German practice.”
The move echoes the three months Morley spent in New York immediately after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. He wanted to demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the US market and identify growth plans (TheLawyer.com, 15 September 2008).
The firm’s global managing partner Wim Dejonghe relocated to London several years ago from Belgium and spends around half his time travelling around the firm’s international network.