A&O Shearman announces first senior leadership roles

Published Date
Mar 1, 2024
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling (Shearman) today announced the first of several senior leadership roles for the combined firm A&O Shearman, taking effect on May 1, 2024. Additional senior and other leadership appointments for the new firm will be drawn from both firms and announced in due course.

Khalid Garousha has been elected as senior partner and Hervé Ekué has been elected as managing partner of A&O Shearman.

Adam Hakki, current senior partner at Shearman, has been appointed co-chair of the global A&O Shearman board and executive committee, and will also lead the firm’s U.S. business as its chair. Adam will continue to actively represent clients in addition to his senior leadership duties.  

Doreen Lilienfeld will serve as co-managing partner of U.S. business and will also continue to represent clients in addition to this role.

All appointments are effective from May 1, 2024.

Khalid Garousha, senior partner, said: “I am honored that the partnership has put its trust in me to lead A&O Shearman as its first senior partner.

“Working closely with Hervé, Adam, Doreen, and other senior leadership, as A&O Shearman we will take forward our combined expertise and deep legal knowledge to achieve unparalleled outcomes for our clients on their increasingly complex legal and commercial challenges, wherever they and we operate in the world.”

Adam Hakki, co-chair of the A&O Shearman global board and executive committee and chair of the firm’s U.S. business, said: “I am honored and excited to be taking on these senior leadership roles for A&O Shearman. I am very much looking forward to working closely with our soon-to-be new partners and leadership team to deliver on our shared vision for an unparalleled global elite firm, centered on providing the highest level of service to clients in their most important matters worldwide. I am also pleased that these leadership roles have been designed to allow me to both serve the firm as a leader and actively represent clients in their most significant matters.”

Hervé Ekué, managing partner, said: “I look forward to working as managing partner of A&O Shearman with Khalid, Adam and Doreen to create an environment which embraces and values our people and enables them to grow, thrive and flourish both as individuals and as part of this transformational new firm.”

Doreen Lilienfeld, co-managing partner of U.S. business, said: “With A&O Shearman we are creating a new industry leader with truly global capabilities, and being part of this journey is incredibly exciting. We will serve clients as an integrated global law firm, preeminent in all our markets, and we will do so with a forward-looking approach to delivering excellence and innovation. I am excited for what is to come and the opportunity to play a leadership role in the firm’s growing U.S. business.”

Wim Dejonghe, current senior partner at A&O, added: “A&O Shearman will bring together some of the greatest legal talent in the world while maintaining a focus on clients, our people and wider society. I’m delighted to pass the leadership baton to Khalid, Hervé, Adam and Doreen on May 1, and I wish them all every success in their new roles at A&O Shearman.”

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