One of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) most senior corporate partners who announced his retirement from the firm late last year has resurfaced at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Alan Paul, who made partner at A&O in 1985 and sat on the firm’s board, will join BLP’s London office as a senior consultant in its corporate practice in May.
Paul, who was A&O’s relationship partner for Macquarie Group, has more than 20 years’ experience acting in private equity leveraged deals. He announced his retirement from A&O in November 2011 (28 November 2011), halfway through his four year reappointment to the board.
BLP’s corporate department, led by John Bennett, acts for Tesco, Balfour Beatty and Blackstone. In a statement, Bennett said: “The upward momentum of our corporate practice remains a strategic priority for the firm. Alan’s a very welcome addition to the team given the strength and depth of his M&A experience, particularly at the higher end, and his almost unrivalled involvement in public takeover situations.”
Paul added: “There are exciting developments taking place at BLP as they balance investment in their homegrown team with external recruitment. I look forward to being able to make my contribution to the firm’s ambitious plans for its international corporate practice.”
Tokyo-based partner Simon Black, who specialises in financings and corporate investment, has since been appointed to replace Paul on A&O’s board.