Allen & Overy adds M&A resource

The international law firm has added to its office in Hamburg and hired four London-based lawyers from rival firm Norton Rose.

As party of an ongoing restructuring in its banking business, Allen & Overy has expanded its mergers and acquisitions team. The firm has appointed a corporate law expert to its Hamburg office and in London added four banking partners from rival law firm Norton Rose.

Dr Thomas Lappe is joining the firm in Hamburg, where he will advise on a range of corporate transactions including cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and mergers, as well as corporate restructurings. Prior to his appointment Dr Lappe was senior counsel for a German blue chip company, the name of which Allen & Overy declined to disclose.

In London the firm has hired Andrew Bamber, Tim Polglase, Robin Harvey and Clive Wells. They are leaving Norton Rose to become partners on the firm’s leveraged finance team and will be led by Tony Keal and Stephen Gillespie. This increases the number of lawyers on the London team from 12 to 16.

Polgase’s experience is acquisition finance. Bamber, Harvey and Wells have experienced in a broad range of financings including structured finance, finance for telecoms and energy mergers and acquisitions.