Three AU lawyers elevated to Magic Circle firm’s partnership

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Three Allen & Overy lawyers have been elevated to the global firm’s partnership as the firm announced a 24-strong partnership promotion round.

Sydney-based Jason Gray, Connell O’Neill, and Ka Sen Wong join 21 others who become partners on 1 May. Most of the new partners are from outside the firm’s London headquarters, while almost a third come from the Asia Pacific region. Most of the global giant’s new partners are from its corporate practice, followed by its banking, international capital markets, and litigation practices.

Gray heads the firm’s US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and US white collar crime practice across Asia Pacific. He specialises in defending individuals and companies against government enforcement agencies, internal investigations, developing and enhancing anti-bribery compliance programs, and anti-bribery transaction due diligence. Gray, who graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Sydney, also specialises in Australia’s anti-bribery scheme.

O’Neill’s Asia Pacific practice focuses on M&A and equity raising, specialised technology- and telecommunications-centric joint ventures, major business-led technology transformations, fintech, and other technology and telecommunications matters. He graduated from the Australian National University with a combined degree in law with honours and information technology.

Wong, who becomes corporate partner in Sydney, leads the Allen & Overy’s Australian tax department. Wong provides tax advice in myriad areas, including private and public M&A, funds, projects, energy & resources, infrastructure, financial services, and capital markets.

“The promotions represent a 14% increase in our partnership and reflect the strong performance of the Australian offices and the significant contribution the Asia-Pacific region has made to top line global growth in recent years,” said Jason Denisenko, Sydney managing partner.

The 24 new partners are:
Frits Gerritzen Amsterdam Litigation
Peter van Dyck Brussels Corporate
Murad Daghles Dusseldorf Corporate
Jan Erik Windthorst Frankfurt Litigation
Michael Jacobs* Hong Kong Corporate
Agnes Tsang Hong Kong International Capital Markets
Patrick Wong Hong Kong Banking
Joe Clinton Istanbul Banking
Michael Tardif Jakarta Banking
Joel Ferguson London Banking
Neil Sinha London Banking
Vanessa Xu London Banking
Matthew Appleton London International Capital Markets
Peter Banks London Corporate
Dominic Long London Corporate
Tom Constance London International Capital Markets
Daniel Fletcher London International Capital Markets
Tom Roberts London International Capital Markets
Nick Saner London Real Estate
Javier Castresana Madrid Litigation
Prokop Verner Prague Corporate
Connell O’Neill Sydney Corporate
Jason Gray Sydney Litigation
Ka Sen Wong Sydney Tax

*Subject to work permit and completion of certain local regulatory formalities.

Jason Gray

Connell O’Neill

Ka Sen Wong

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