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First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, along with Andrew Brammer, Service Centre Manager, Allen and Overy, and Wim Dejonghe Managing Partner, Allen and Overy, (left) during the opening of the Allen and Overy offices in Belfast.
First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA officially opened Allen & Overy LLP’s Support and Legal Services Centre in Donegall Quay, Belfast.
Allen & Overy is one of the world’s largest international law firms, and earlier this year its plans to create 317 new jobs with support from Invest Northern Ireland were announced. Allen & Overy’s Belfast office will carry out a range of functions to support the global business including finance, IT, business services, human resources, marketing and legal services.
Officially opening the centre Mr Robinson said: “This new centre, which will grow to become Allen & Overy’s fourth largest operation worldwide, is a ringing endorsement of Northern Ireland as a location for high quality investment. It will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to attract further inward investment in the legal services sector, which is recognised as important in promoting economic growth.”
Mr McGuinness added: “The very positive reception that I and the First Minister received during our recent trip to the US highlighted the high regard in which the north of Ireland is held and the genuine interest that exists amongst investors in locating here. Allen & Overy’s investment is another clear sign of that international appeal.”
At the opening, the ministers met the 100th employee to be recruited by Allen & Overy in Northern Ireland since the announcement in February 2011.
Wim Dejonghe, Managing Partner, Allen & Overy, said: “We are very pleased with the calibre of staff we have been able to recruit to date and with our 100th employee already in place, we are confident that our Belfast office will play a significant role in the future development of Allen & Overy.”
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, who also attended the opening ceremony, said: "Allen & Overy evaluated 20 locations worldwide before deciding to invest in Northern Ireland because of the highly skilled and loyal workforce, cost effective working environment and the support offered through Invest Northern Ireland. This is a tremendous endorsement of the Northern Ireland proposition as it reflects the confidence that international firms have in what we can offer. I am confident that we will be able to capitalise on our excellent reputation and maintain this region’s position as a premier location for further investment."