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In the race: A&O announces candidates for upcoming management elections

Allen & Overy (A&O) has confirmed eight candidates for its upcoming management elections which are to take place in February.

A&O’s elections replacing current senior partner David Morley and global managing partner Wim Dejonghe will take place in February 2016 with the results being announced at the end of that month.

Both Morley and Dejonghe will complete their terms of office on 30 April 2015, with Morley retiring from the firm having completed two terms as senior partner.

As reported in October, candidates for the Magic Circle firm’s senior partner role include disputes head Tim House; co-head of the firm’s global banking practice Stephen Kensell as well as Dejonghe who has the option to seek election to succeed Morley as senior partner having completed two terms as global managing partner. Michel Struys, a partner in the EU and competition department based in the Paris and Brussels offices is also a candidate.

Up for the managing partner’s seat are corporate co-head Andrew Ballheimer; banking co-head Andrew Trahair; and City banking partner Michael Castle. Tokyo based M&A, Energy and Infrastructure specialist Simon Black has also made the candidate list.

Earlier this year, after a three-way contest, frontrunners Edward Braham and Christopher Pugh won Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s leadership election with Braham confirmed as senior partner, while Pugh will sit alongside Cologne-based Stephan Eilers as joint managing partner.