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Allen & Overy’s US IP practice has taken huge strides recently, causing the entire market to sit up and take notice of it as a serious player in the tech space. Most recently, in February 2022 it announced the signing of five former Goodwin Procter partners, among them veteran leader Elizabeth Holland, who has fought the corner of top pharmaceutical companies for more than three decades. Going back to August 2021, it added eight partners from White & Case, including lawyers in California – where it opened new offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco – Washington DC and New York. Among the new arrivals is New York-based Adam Chernichaw, a technology transactions star with a rich knowledge of the fintech space; he recently advised mobile payments company Square on the founding of the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance, formed to empower the adoption and advancement of cryptocurrency technologies. Other exciting developments for the firm include the May 2021 partner promotion of Keren Livneh, a rising star of the IP transactions scene, who is making her mark thanks to sterling work on major matters such as the establishment of the Diem Association, which is a groundbreaking development in the blockchain industry. Another dynamic play made by the outfit was the hire of life sciences expert Sapna Palla, who joined from Wiggin and Dana in July 2021. Palla makes her debut in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2022 in recognition of the sophistication of her litigation and counselling skills and global patent law knowledge. Litigator Paul Keller has had a hand in a lot of these developments and has played a key role in pushing Allen & Overy forward since coming on board in 2020. He garners glowing reviews as a “practical and business-savvy lawyer with a talent for taking complex concepts and making them simple and giving strategic advice tailored to clients’ needs”. “Paul is extremely well prepared and achieves great things for a reasonable spend.”