IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

UK ‘magic circle’ law firm Allen & Overy is one of London’s leading law firms and ranks highly across almost all of our ranking tables. The firm is known for its specialism in bank lending, debt capital markets, derivatives and large-scale financial restructuring.


Focusses / specialisms  

The firm is well versed and a clear market leader in bank lending, structured finance and securitisation and derivatives and restructuring and insolvency.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Bank lending : Borrower side

"(1) An immediate response to our queries; (2) a great quality of expertise, we were satisfied with all clarifications and explanations that were provided to us; (3) strong negotiation position, the firm defended our interests firmly and successfully, being able to provide strong arguments in the course of negotiation; (4) the firm showed a great deal of commitment: during, all the team was present on the calls; (5) accuracy and attention to details, thanks to Daisy Chapman, who was in charge of that. Special thanks to Oleg Khomenko, who helped us a lot with his advice, and Sergey Blinov. "


Bank lending : Lender side

"Professional, proactive."

"Professional firm, deep dives into detail, prompt and strong value addition."


Bank lending : Sponsor side

"Extremely service-oriented, providing in-detail advice at all times with expert knowledge of the documentation."


Banking and finance

"A&O is ahead of its peers when it comes to utilisation of innovative technologies. Their Fuse platform has helped ensure greater levels of efficiency and reduced costs on administrative tasks. Their investment in senior lawyers with domain experience in the Indian sector has ensured that they have a very well-experienced India practice with deep insights and understanding of the functioning of the Indian promoters, regulators and the larger legal system. A&O has demonstrated that it can work seamlessly across its various offices and the client is able to receive consistent and timely advice. "

"Commercially oriented."


Capital markets

"Expertise. Diligence. Integrity. Balance between providing a feasible solution and not putting client in a position of overexposure/unnecessary legal risks. Personal relationship with client."


Capital markets : Debt

"A&O are extremely knowledgeable across all funding programmes and combine their expertise with an in-depth understanding of their client's business and needs."

"Excellent deal-team staffing. Consistent partner involvement throughout the deal. "

"The firm (in particular the team we work with) has a high level understanding of the market with a helicopter view of what players in the market are doing and future trends. The lawyers we use have very good commercial sense and work pragmatically to find solutions. They work really well together as a team. The lawyers communicate well, are incredibly responsive, and absolute top professionals. "


Capital markets : High yield

"True expertise, creativity, sharpness, understanding our business and our needs, extraordinary bench strength and commitment. Also lovely people."


Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

"Great attention to detail - deep understanding of the securitisation market - excellent project management skills - strong commercial approach to getting the deal done."

"(i) Extremely knowledgeable team; (ii) high-quality associates at all levels; (iii) large bench so can handle multiple large projects without drop in service."


Financial services regulatory

"Deep understanding of the regulatory landscape in France and internationally, combined with ability to translate their expertise into straightforward and practical advice."

"A&O helped us establish a pilot programme to satisfy certain regulatory requests which were in advance of applicable deadlines. This was a challenging task and A&O stepped up to the plate very swiftly and proactively engaged with us on delivering this regulatory requirement. A&O was able to mobilise high-calibre resources and work with us in a genuine partnership. Their service was rapid, high value-added as well as quite cost-efficient. In terms of A&O's approach to assistance and content of advice, they were definitely innovative in the way they assisted us from the design stage through to the execution stage of this project. "

"Responsive, to the point, practical."

"The team are deep subject-matter experts on payments regulations and industry norms and practices. They are able to leverage that expertise to provide practical and informed advice on complex matters. "

"A&O are usually prompt and thorough with their advice. They are very responsive wherever a problem does arise."



"Very intelligent lawyers that are also practical who work with a view to protecting their client but also getting the deal done."

"Extremely proactive - very open to feedback and looking to improve service - value for money, ie don't try to extract last £ on transactions - partner buy-in, with focus across the team rather than delegation to juniors - personable, which makes private equity firms more at ease with introducing the firm to management at portfolio companies/prospective transactions - imaginative, often thinking outside the box to help try to get best outcomes."

"Allen & Overy has great depth of experience and a broad geographic footprint, which is very helpful for cross-border M&A. The work product is excellent and their client service is top notch."

"Business-minded, astute, seeing beyond the mere legal advice by understanding the larger picture, fine-tuning our short-term tactics in line with our long-term interests. Great strategy, perfect quality."

"Hands-on attitude. Commitment to deadlines. Hefty structure that ensures expert advice in the many jurisdictions and areas of law under the transaction's scope. "

"True expertise, creativity, sharpness, understanding our business and our needs, extraordinary bench strength and commitment. Also lovely people."

"Very responsive and proactive. "

"Attentiveness to the details of each request submitted."


Private equity

"Excellent service throughout. Lot of senior support as well as strong junior bench. Very hands-on approach, very proactive in finding the right solutions and very quick. We felt in very safe hands."

"Highly efficient. Good thought partners, especially when discussing deal tactics. Very commercial."