Co-op hires A&O lawyer as group general counsel

June 20, 2013 The head of the financial institutions practice at Allen & Overy, Alistair Asher, is set to take up the new role of group general counsel at the Co-operative Group next month.

Asher spend 34 years at Allen & Overy, 26 of which were spent as partner. He was offered the job during his work leading the A&O team advising Co-op on its £1.5bn debt restructuring.

Cooperative Legal Services converted to an alternative business structure with SRA approval in March last year. The company set upon a course of rapid expansion, with plans to increase staff headcount from 450 to 3,000 over the next five years, building five regional hubs around the country.

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