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A&O expands structured finance and private capital expertise with John Goldfinch's arrival

A&O expands structured finance and private capital expertise with John Goldfinch's arrival


Allen & Overy reinforces global structured finance with John Goldfinch, a key addition for A&O Shearman merger

In a strategic move to fortify its global standing in structured finance, Allen & Overy (A&O) has welcomed John Goldfinch, a prominent figure in European structured finance advisory, to its partnership. John, renowned for his expertise in Collateralised Loan Obligations (CLO) and related markets, joins from Milbank. This development aligns with A&O's trajectory of growth and investment in private capital, a crucial focus area for the firm.

The incoming partner, John Goldfinch, brings not only a wealth of experience but also a team comprising senior associates Adrian Kwok, Peter West, Eleanor Cripps, and Alexandra Wells. This cohesive unit will collaborate seamlessly with A&O's Private Capital group, alongside members from Capital Markets, Private Equity, Leveraged Finance, High Yield, Funds, Asset Management, and ABS teams, providing comprehensive support to clients.

David Lucking, Global Head of International Capital Markets (ICM) at Allen & Overy, emphasised the global leadership of A&O's structured finance practice. The addition of John Goldfinch is expected to enhance the firm's capabilities in assisting private capital sponsor clients accessing structured capital markets.

Private capital client revenue has witnessed a remarkable 60% global increase over the past two years, prompting A&O to respond to growing demands by making strategic lateral hires globally. These recent additions in the Middle East, Singapore, London, and New York strengthen the firm's international prowess across various investment strategies, positioning it favourably as the private capital market enters a new phase.

John Goldfinch's entrance into A&O comes just ahead of its impending merger with Shearman & Sterling, forming A&O Shearman. The merger, approved by both firms' partnerships in October 2023, is poised to create the first fully integrated global elite law firm. With nearly 4,000 lawyers, 49 offices, and combined revenues exceeding USD 3.5 billion, A&O Shearman is set to establish itself as a powerhouse in the legal landscape. The amalgamation represents a significant stride for A&O, signalling its commitment to providing unparalleled legal services to clients across the structured finance and private capital spectrum.