Linklaters adds former A&O head as partner

April 13, 2016 Linklaters has hired a former Allen & Overy head as a partner in its London office. Mark O’Neill, who was formerly head of real estate finance, is joining Linklaters two months after leaving his former firm.

O’Neill spent over 20 years at Allen & Overy, and spent 6 years as head of real estate finance from 2008 to 2014.

The hire continues Linklaters’ fairly recent trend of hiring at the partner level in London. In the past six months, the firm had two lateral hires, a practice it has traditionally avoided in the past. Departures from the firm may have taken their toll however, as a number of partners left the firm in the past year, especially from the corporate team.

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