Law firm Allen & Overy is active in 26 countries with more than 5,000 employees. Wim Dejonghe, A&O’s managing partner of the London based so called ‘Magic Circle’-company, indicates that Belfast is not chosen because of the low cost. “Than we would have gone to Asia. We did not want to compromise on our quality focus. Belfast is a great match, we will invest heavily in an own A&O office”. The Northern Ireland Minister of Economic Affairs, Arlene Foster is enthusiastic about the move of A&O: “This investment is a tremendous endorsement of the Northern Ireland proposition. It reflects the confidence that international firms have in what we can offer, in particular our highly skilled and loyal workforce, low cost working environment and technically advanced infrastructure. I hope that this investment will act as a catalyst for future investments in the legal services sector here which is recognised as an important sector in promoting economic growth”.
A Buck Consultants International team led by partner Josefien Glaudemans supported Allen & Overy during the 6 months journey through all parts of the globe.