Allen & Overy

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Allen & Overy (A&O) is a leading international law firm.

Advising on Horizon Nuclear Power nuclear sale in the UK

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Japanese energy and engineering company Hitachi on its £696m purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power from E.ON and RWE, which had set up the UK joint venture in November 2009. A&O energy co-head Gareth Price and corporate partner John Geraghty led the team advising Hitachi.

According to The Lawyer magazine, A&O 'has worked with Hitachi for 20 years on corporate and competition matters and has a longstanding relationship with the company’s power systems division'. Other law firms involved in the sale were:

Clifford Chance, which had previously advised Horizon, is understood to have had a small role acting for the joint venture helping with due diligence. Freshfields, led by corporate partners Andrew Hutchings and James Wood and IP partner Chris Forsyth, advised E.ON, while CMS partner Charles Currier advised RWE. [1]

Advising the food industry

Food industry clients include: Nestlé, Danone, Kraft, Bahlsen, Diamond Foods, Arla Foods, Unilever, United Biscuits, Associated British Foods, Barilla Holding and Masterfoods. [2]




Contact, Resources and Notes





  1. James Swift, A&O, CMS and Freshfields land mandates on £696m UK nuclear sale, The Lawyer, 31 October 2012, acc 16 Sept 2013
  2. Allen & Overy Retail and Consumer Goods Accessed 26th February 2015
  3. The Lawyer, Dealmakers Hot 100: Gareth Price, Allen & Overy, 28 January 2013, acc 16 Sept 2013
  4. Reappointment of members to the Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board, DECC, 1 March 2012