Law Society poaches A&O’s Denyer for new City management role

Allen & Overy (A&O) global capital markets partner Stephen Denyer, who has been instrumental in building up the firm’s global network, is leaving to become The Law Society’s City and international chief. 

Denyer will up take up the role, a new one for The Law Society, next spring. He leaves behind a position that has seen him do a significant amount of work for the magic circle firm, including a 10-year stint as the firm’s regional managing partner for Europe, a three year tenure as co-managing partner of its Italian offices and two-year stints heading up the firm’s Warsaw and then Frankfurt offices. 

The Frankfurt-based partner is currently responsible for relationships where the firm does not have offices on the ground, a position that notably involves finding potential firms that A&O may want to establish formal ties with. His exit will see A&O review Denyer’s tasks and either split the responsibilities between relevant partners or bring in a replacement. 

His new position will see Denyer move to London, where he will continue to focus on expanding The Law Society’s international relationships and strengthen its ties with larger firms in the City. The position is a new one for The Law Society, which currently has a head of City, Clive Black, and a head of international, Nankunda Katangaza. 

Katangaza and Black will remain in their roles and will report to Denyer. The body said it introduced the role due to increasing global reach and areas of work, with a spokesperson estimating membership to be 17,000 in the City. 

A&O confirmed the move and wished Denyer luck.