London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board.

The new-look board is almost entirely City-based with litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells all newly elected members.

Former board members Anne Baldock (projects), Jonathan Brayne (projects) and Brussels managing partner Wim Dejonghe were all dumped from the board after standing for re-election.

Global head of business acceptance Mark Welling was the only former board member who did not stand for re-election because he plans to retire.

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

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

The positions on the board will be for four years commencing on May 1.

The election related only to five positions on the board. Managing partner David Morley, senior partner Guy Beringer and finance director Ian Dinwiddle continue as members of the board.