In memoriam

The Alumni Network remembers A&O colleagues and friends who passed away in the last 12 months.

John Monk

A&O: 1955-1986

John Monk, a former partner in London who served A&O for 31 years, died in December 2017. He was 88. John joined A&O in 1955 after completing his Articles with Dixon Martell and Batcheldor in Bedford. He worked in the Company Law department and became a partner in 1969. Donations in memory of John may be made to Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre, a charity working to preserve the history of an area he loved.

Richard Kim

A&O: 2001-2018

China partner Richard Kim died in January 2018. Richard joined A&O as an associate in the Corporate team in London in 2001 and moved to Shanghai in 2006 before becoming a partner in 2008. He led our China team as Managing Partner from 2014. Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Spring 2016, Richard kept family and friends updated via an inspirational blog. Fellow China partner Victor Ho says the China team “remembers Richard with much love and affection”. Senior partner Wim Dejonghe says he was “a great man, a highly respected and popular partner who lived life to the full”. Richard is survived by his wife, Joomi, and two children.

Frankie Van Eupen

A&O: 2003-2018

Arbitration partner Frankie Van Eupen died in April 2018 after a brave fight with cancer. She joined A&O as a trainee in 2003 before qualifying into Litigation in 2005 and moving to Hong Kong in 2007. Frankie became a partner in our Arbitration team in 2013. Global Arbitration co-head Matthew Gearing QC said: “Frankie was a close friend and she fought valiantly until the end which was very much in her nature both personally and professionally. Her capabilities were immense but it was her passion for people and strong sense of doing what was right that set her apart. Countless individuals in the firm benefitted from her mentoring and support.” She is survived by her husband, Tim, and two children.

Gary McLean

A&O: 1986-2016

A&O alumnus and former Corporate/M&A partner Gary McLean died in June 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He began his 30-year career with A&O as a trainee in 1986, qualifying into the Corporate department. After spending time in Hong Kong, Gary became a partner in London in 1996. He returned to Hong Kong in 2010 as head of the Corporate practice, and remained in that post until his retirement in 2016. Colleagues remember him for his energy, commitment, determination and great sense of humour. Richard Cranfield, chairman of the firm’s Corporate practice, says: “Gary was a highly respected and valued colleague and friend. He demonstrated in spades the energy and commitment to drive the Corporate practice forward globally. Gary was always determined and would not give up on any project. Beyond his practice, he stood out for his contribution to all aspects of A&O life, including community investment. He was a perfectionist in all that he did – but will also be remembered for his great sense of humour.” He is survived by his wife, Louise, and three children.

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