Allen & Overy opens office in Johannesburg
Allen & Overy will open an office later this month in Johannesburg, South Africa. After discussions with partners from local firm Bowman Gilfillan, seven lawyers, four of whom are partners, will join Allen & Overy.
Lionel Shawe, former banking and finance partner at Bowman Gilfillan will lead the new office along with Allen & Overy's former head of banking practice, Michael Duncan, who will move to Johannesburg from London. Bowman Gilfillan banking and finance partners Khurshid Fazel, Alistair Collins and Anthony Colegrave will be part of the team joining Allen & Overy.
Allen & Overy, which is the first magic circle firm to begin its own practice in South Africa, plans to grow the office to 40 lawyers in the next year.