The international law firm Allen & Overy has been a partner of the Concertgebouworkest since 2007. Senior partner Brechje van der Velden sees many similarities between the Concertgebouworkest and Allen & Overy. Like the orchestra, Allen & Overy is very ambitious, despite its very different professional focus. She says, ‘When I see the orchestral musicians and our employees here at the firm at work, they’re all at the top of their game. They’re full of ambition, passion and dedication. In that sense, we’re a lot alike – on both an individual and an organisational level.’
Allen & Overy is an international law firm with 44 offices in 31 countries around the world. The firm employs a workforce of some 5,500, including over 550 partners. With a history dating back to 1854, the Amsterdam office is deeply rooted in the Dutch market. Allen & Overy employs 200 lawyers, civil-law notaries, junior civil-law notaries and tax advisers, 34 of whom are partners. Its clients include large and medium-sized, often listed, companies, financial institutions and public authorities.
The firm has specialists in corporate law, banking and securities law, competition law, employment law, procedural law, administrative law, tax law, property law and IP law. The collaboration between specialists, locally and internationally, makes Allen & Overy Amsterdam a recognised market leader in transactions, financial markets, governance and supervision, and disputes.
‘It’s our aim to make a contribution to the city of Amsterdam in the broadest sense, and the Concertgebouworkest is its showpiece. I feel that supporting the highest ranks benefits the lower echelons as well. After all, the fact that this outstanding orchestra exists means that children can be exposed to this music from an early age and perhaps even be inspired to take up an instrument, too.’
- Brechje van der Velden, senior partner with Allen & Overy Netherlands