London’s Allen & Overy Pulls Out of Toronto
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Summary: With the only partner in the Toronto office of Allen & Overy moving to an in-house position, the London-based firm has decided to close the office.

Despite only opening their Toronto office a year ago, London-based Allen & Overy announced they are closing the location. The sole partner in the office has accepted an in-house role and will be leaving the legal giant.


Corporate partner Francois Duquette is a French-speaking Canadian that first started the firm’s Casablanca office before relocating to Toronto last year. He is taking an in-house position with Caisse de Depot et de Placement du Quebec, a Canadian pension fund giant.

With Duquette gone, the location would only be left with a senior associate and office manager. The firm has decided to officially close the office and continue to serve its Canadian clients through established relationships at other firms. Allen & Overy was doing this prior to creating a Toronto office. They have not been practicing local law anyways.

Duquette joined the firm in 2007 in Abu Dhabi from Simmons & Simmons. He specializes in banking, corporate, and finance matters. In 2011, he moved from the Abu Dhabi office to start the Casablanca office.

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Other Am Law 100 firms have been growing in Canada with Littler Mendelson opening its first Canadian office in Toronto and DLA Piper opening a Toronto office.




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