Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley is to spend two months touring the firm’s Asia and Middle East offices, starting in Singapore.
Morley will relocate to Singapore in September, and from there will spend two months touring the rest of the firm’s Asia and Middle East network, visiting Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, UAE and Dubai.
The trip will include both internal and client meetings, with the aim of helping Morley get a better understanding of the local markets. Around 60 per cent of A&O’s revenue now comes from its international offices (6 July 2011).
“Asia is our fastest growing region and we think it’s really important to get a feel for what’s happening on the ground and fully understand the dynamics of the region,” he told The Lawyer.
The move comes after Morley spent two months in Germany in September 2010, touring the firm’s offices. Following his visit, A&O Germany embarked on an aggressive expansion strategy, most recently hiring Hogan Lovells Frankfurt managing partner (16 May 2011).
In October 2008, Morley spent three months on secondment to the firm’s New York office (15 September 2008).