The Legal 500

Clifford Chance LLP

10 UPPER BANK STREET, LONDON, E14 5JJ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7006 1000
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149120 CANARY WHARF-3
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www.cliffordchance.com

Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is highly regarded for global technology and business outsourcing transactions. André Duminy advised EVRY on its billion-dollar IT outsourcing agreement with IBM. In another highlight, Jonny Myers acted for Inmarsat on its strategic alliance with Deutsche Telekom for a combined LTE-based ground and satellite network.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has ‘excellent industry knowledge and its partners are deeply involved in matters’. The ‘very client-focused’ Chris Davies and his team regularly handle complex cross-border tax issues, both advisory and transactional. Deutsche Telekom, Blackrock and Barclays are recent clients. Other key figures include Dan Neidle, who is ‘highly regarded in the banking industry’, and David Harkness, who is ‘knowledgeable as well as pragmatic’.

Leading individuals

Chris Davies - Clifford Chance

David Harkness - Clifford Chance

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘very strong’ team had an impressive year, and counts Samsung, NBCUniversal, Cinven and Booker Group among its clients. Led by the ‘calm and practical’ Alex Nourry, who gives ‘robust, cerebral’ advice, the department advised Just Retirement Group on its notification to the CMA of the group’s £1.7bn merger with Partnership Assurance Group. Greg Olsen advised NBCUniversal on the European Commission (EC) investigation of cross-border premium pay-TV content licensing. Jenine Hulsmann and ‘client-focused’ senior associate Chandralekha Ghosh are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alex Nourry - Clifford Chance

Greg Olsen - Clifford Chance

Jenine Hulsmann - Clifford Chance

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EU and competition: Trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, global practice head Adrian Cartwright acted for the underwriters, including Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch International, on the £2.35bn IPO of Auto Trader Group. In other highlights, Iain Hunter advised Apax Global Alpha on its £585m IPO, and Simon Thomas assisted the underwriters with the £716m flotation of John Laing. The highly regarded John Connolly provided US securities advice on all these deals.

Leading individuals

Adrian Cartwright - Clifford Chance

John Connolly - Clifford Chance

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team provides ‘considerable industry and regulatory knowledge’ to a broad range of clients including banks, infrastructure providers and trade associations. Aided by the firm’s global network as well as a strong corporate transactional offering, the team continues to be involved in numerous regulatory-driven transactions; in a highlight, Monica Sah and Simon Gleeson advised GE Capital on the global non-US regulatory issues associated with its major divestment programme. Carlos Conceicao (who is ‘excellent at representing corporates facing lengthy and complex investigations’) acted alongside the ‘superb’ Dorian Drew for the Co-operative Bank in joint Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) investigations. Other key figures on the contentious side include Simon Davis, who is ‘one of the top contentious financial services lawyers in London’; Kelwin Nicholls and Judith Seddon, who are ‘simply the best for high-profile cases’; and the ‘excellent’ Roger Best. Key figures on the non-contentious front include the ‘outstanding’ Christopher Bates and Simon Crown.

Leading individuals

Carlos Conceicao - Clifford Chance LLP

Christopher Bates - Clifford Chance LLP

Roger Best - Clifford Chance LLP

Simon Gleeson - Clifford Chance LLP

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Investment funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Practice head Nigel Hatfield and Gerard Saviola are key contacts at Clifford Chance, which undertakes all aspects of private equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds for its broad client base. Highlights included acting for Permira in the formation of Permira Credit Solutions II, an €800m multi-strategy private credit fund focused on European investments. Hatfield and Saviola have particular experience of dealing with India and Africa focused investment funds, respectively; Saviola assisted African Capital Alliance with the formation of Capital Alliance Private Equity IV.

Leading individuals

Nigel Hatfield - Clifford Chance (Private funds, real estate funds)

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
Leading individuals

David Pearson - Clifford Chance

Guy Norman - Clifford Chance

Spencer Baylin - Clifford Chance

Tim Lewis - Clifford Chance

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Leading individuals

David Pearson - Clifford Chance

Guy Norman - Clifford Chance

Spencer Baylin - Clifford Chance

Tim Lewis - Clifford Chance

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘outstanding’ practice saw some reshuffling, with Nicholas Rees returning from the Moscow office, Caroline Sherrell moving to White & Case LLP, and recent partnership promotions for Gareth Camp, Graham Phillips and Katherine Moir. Mark Poulton heads the department, whose clients include AXA, Comcast, EDF and BSkyB. ‘Very experienced and skilful negotiator’ Spencer Baylin is ‘creative and commercially aware’, and the ‘logical, persistent’ Nicholas Hughes ‘manages complicated international transactions efficiently and effectively’.

Leading individuals

David Pearson - Clifford Chance

Guy Norman - Clifford Chance

Spencer Baylin - Clifford Chance

Tim Lewis - Clifford Chance

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is ‘a go-to for the most complex transactions’, including those involving the Middle East, Africa and other emerging markets. The firm ‘excels in business acumen and strength in depth’. Spencer Baylin heads the firm’s emerging markets M&A and private equity practice. Nigel Wellings and Nicholas Hughes have African private equity experience. Global head of private equity Jonny Myers led cross-border teams which handled Cinven’s €1.3bn buyout of Labco from a consortium of investors, as well as its concurrent €1.7bn acquisition of Synlab from BC Partners. Head of the London private equity practice David Pearson acts for clients such as Electra and Permira.

Leading individuals

David Pearson - Clifford Chance

Jonny Myers - Clifford Chance

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, practice head David Saleh (‘a leading expert in real estate tax’) advised Deloitte on its pre-let of a 275,000 sq ft office building. Saleh also handles tax-related disputes. Other clients include Hammerson and TIAA Henderson Real Estate.

Leading individuals

David Saleh - Clifford Chance

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP remains ‘right at the top of the very competitive group’ of London corporate crime teams. Luke Tolaini continues to advise Serco, following an SFO investigation into the company’s billing practices. The department is led by the ‘bright and experienced’ Judith Seddon and Roger Best.

Leading individuals

Judith Seddon - Clifford Chance LLP

Roger Best - Clifford Chance LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Headed by ‘one of the best commercial fraud lawyers’ in the market, Roger Best’s team at Clifford Chance LLP focuses on high-value matters. It works closely with the firm’s internal forensic accounting unit.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP is recommended for complex, high-profile banking disputes and investigations. The team advised Barclays on alleged Libor manipulation claims. Key advisers include Ian Moulding, Helen Carty and Jeremy Kosky. Jeremy Sandelson, Simon Davis and Roger Best are also highly rated, as are Kelwin Nicholls, who is ‘responsive, hardworking and collegiate’; Matthew Scully; Julian Acratopulo, who is ‘a terrific partner’; and Roger Leese, who ‘thinks outside the box’. ‘Rising star’ Christopher Yates was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Ian Moulding - Clifford Chance LLP

Roger Best - Clifford Chance LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘legally sophisticated and well-resourced’ team assisted Autonomy’s founder with financial impropriety and misrepresentation allegations made by Hewlett Packard (HP). Clients praise Julian Acratopulo for his ‘first-class mind’; Roger Best, who is ‘an excellent commercial litigator’; and Roger Leese (‘a sophisticated legal thinker’). Also recommended are Iain Roxborough (‘he knows how to win’), Helen Carty (who is ‘calm and pragmatic’), Jeremy Kosky, Ian Moulding, Jeremy Sandelson, Simon Davis, Philip Hill and Matthew Scully.

Leading individuals

Iain Roxborough - Clifford Chance LLP

Jeremy Sandelson - Clifford Chance LLP

Simon Davis - Clifford Chance LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Elizabeth Morony leads the practice at Clifford Chance and acted for Barclays Bank in the European Commission (EC)’s cartel investigation into EURIBOR/LIBOR rate fixing and related litigation. In another highlight, Luke Tolaini led the team that is acting in the investigation by the EC and US authorities into precious metals spot trading. Other clients include JP Morgan Chase, Siemens and Samsung UK.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Morony - Clifford Chance

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP recruited Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s former international counsel Jessica Gladstone as partner. The practice acted for a Latvian investor in an arbitration concerning the expropriation of a bank in the Kyrgyz Republic. Audley Sheppard QC is recommended alongside the ‘refreshingly direct’ Rob Lambert, ‘user-friendly’ Marie Berard, and Alex Panayides.

Leading individuals

Audley Sheppard - Clifford Chance LLP

Rob Lambert - Clifford Chance LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP hired Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s former international counsel Jessica Gladstone as partner. The practice is highly rated for investment treaty disputes, as well as international sanctions and sovereign debt matters. Rae Lindsay and Audley Sheppard QC are recommended.

Leading individuals

Rae Lindsay - Clifford Chance LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is ‘very well placed to offer useful insights on complex cross-border issues’. Practice head Liesl Fichardt – who is noted for her ‘invaluable ability to identify what will persuade a court in her client’s interests’ – has been particularly active in the financial services and media sectors; Credit Suisse, Sky and Global Radio are new clients.

Leading individuals

Liesl Fichardt - Clifford Chance

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP supplements its significant capability in London with a wide-ranging international network, enabling it to provide clients with ‘a combination of superior levels of internationally relevant advice with the requisite local knowledge’. In an illustration of the practice’s track record on top-flight deals, Roderick McGillivray and Peter Dahlen advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the $75bn acquisition financing of its takeover of SAB Miller. Other highlights included James Butters and Jim MacHale’s work for the lead arrangers on the financing of Apollo’s acquisition of Verallia, in what was one of the largest covenant-lite Term Loan B transactions in Europe in 2015. Also recommended are Charles Cochrane, Mark Campbell, Michael Bates, Taner Hassan and the ‘commercial and understanding’ Emma Folds.

Leading individuals

Charles Cochrane - Clifford Chance LLP

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Singled out for its ‘exceptional aviation market knowledge’, Clifford Chance LLP is able to deploy multi-jurisdictional teams to act on major cross-border mandates for lenders and leasing companies. Team head William Glaister (who is ‘the market leader for aviation finance’) recently advised DVB Bank on a $667m debut securitisation through its investment fund Deucalion. Oliver Hipperson (‘an excellent asset finance generalist’) advised BNP Paribas on the K-Sure-supported financing to container shipping company CMA CGM for three container ships under construction at a Korean shipyard.

Leading individuals

William Glaister - Clifford Chance LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has strength in depth both in London and across its international offices, making it well placed to handle a large volume of corporate lending matters for banks and borrowers. Charles Cochrane advised Jaguar Land Rover on a £1.8bn unsecured five-year revolving credit facility. Jim MacHale acted for Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse on a $5.8bn facility provided to Solvay to enable its acquisition of Cytec Industries. Nicola Wherity regularly acts for the Loan Market Association, which seeks her guidance on primary and leveraged loan documentation. The ‘commercial’ Emma Folds and Michael Bates are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jim MacHale - Clifford Chance LLP

Michael Bates - Clifford Chance LLP

Nicola Wherity - Clifford Chance LLP

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s practice acts for industry bodies including the LMA and ISDA, and attracts praise for its ‘highly innovative transactional advice’. Leonard Cleland drew on his expertise in margin lending techniques under English and Russian law to advise VTB Capital on its forward sale agreements. Commodity derivatives specialist Matthew Grigg is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Claude Brown - Reed Smith LLP

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Commodities: physicals
Leading individuals

Claude Brown - Reed Smith LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s client base comprises an array of stakeholders including banks, funds, corporates and IPs. Philip Hertz (who ‘excels at getting deals over the line’) acted alongside the ‘superb’ Iain White to advise the ad-hoc bondholder committee on Spanish company Abengoa’s proposed €19.5bn restructuring. White is also acting for Codere on its high-profile restructuring of the company’s revolving credit facility and high yield bond indebtedness. Adrian Cohen has ‘huge experience across a number of jurisdictions’ including the UAE, and is currently advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on insolvency law reform. Other recommended partners include David Towers, who is praised for his ‘strategic nous’, ‘rising star’ John MacLennan, and the ‘commercial’ David Steinberg.

Leading individuals

Philip Hertz - Clifford Chance LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP stands out for its ‘high level of service’ and for its ‘well-staffed teams, which help clients through tricky scenarios’. Head of capital markets Simon Sinclair advised arranger Traderisks on £200m in CPI-linked bonds issued by the Greater London Authority (GLA), with project bonds specialist Clare Burgess acting for GLA. In other highlights, Sinclair and US-qualified Stewart Dunlop advised managers on offerings by UBS Group Funding totalling $4.3bn; David Dunnigan (who is ‘very good at managing client relationships’ and stands out for sovereign and development bank issuance) advised lead manager SocGen on Cameroon’s $750m debut Eurobond; and David Bickerton and newly promoted partner Paul Deakins advised University of Liverpool on £250m in unsecured bonds. ‘Attentive and technically spot-on’ senior associate Peter Pears is one to watch.

Leading individuals

David Bickerton - Clifford Chance LLP

David Dunnigan - Clifford Chance LLP

John Connolly - Clifford Chance LLP

Simon Sinclair - Clifford Chance LLP

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

At Clifford Chance LLP, global practice head Habib Motani ‘has seen and done it all, and always provides excellent legal advice’. He leads a practice that includes retail and insurance product expert Andrew Coats and Asia-Pacific specialist Paget Dare Bryan, who lead the London group; emerging markets and structured credit expert Matthew Grigg, who advised RBS on the establishment of derivatives product company Nevis Derivatives No.3; and Jessica Littlewood. Also recommended are Anne Drakeford and William Winterton, who advised National Bank of Australia on clearing arrangements with Clydesdale Bank. The practice is European regulatory counsel to ISDA.

Leading individuals

Andrew Coats - Clifford Chance LLP

Habib Motani - Clifford Chance LLP

Jessica Littlewood - Clifford Chance LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has ‘one of London’s leading practices’ and is ‘highly knowledgeable in power and infrastructure’. The firm’s extensive team of emerging markets specialists includes ‘commercial, hardworking’ global capital markets head Adrian Cartwright; banking partners Leonard Cleland and Russell Wells; Africa group co-head Jeremy Connick; and China specialist John Dawson. David Dunnigan acts for lead arrangers on sovereign debt deals, including the Gabonese republic’s $500m bond. John Connolly advised lead managers including Citigroup on Emirates Airlines’ $913m sukuk. Habib Motani advised lead arrangers including Goldman Sachs on complex derivatives aspects of SOCAR Turkey’s $13bn financing.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Connick - Clifford Chance LLP

Leonard Cleland - Clifford Chance LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s Fabio Diminich played a key role in one of the year’s most significant deals when he advised private equity firm Cinven on a €2bn bond as part of its acquisition of Labco and Synlab. Michael Dakin advised ChemChina and Marco Polo Industrial Holdings on a high yield bridge facility for their acquisition of Pirelli.

Leading individuals

Fabio Diminich - Clifford Chance LLP

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team is headed by leading individual Qudeer Latif in Dubai and has a presence in various key Islamic finance centres, including London, where partners regularly handle complex shari’ah-compliant transactions such as the $913m ECA-backed sukuk by Emirates Airlines (where it acted for the joint lead managers and structuring agents). Credit Suisse and Advanced Energy Systems are also clients.

Leading individuals

Habib Motani - Clifford Chance

Qudeer Latif - Clifford Chance

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP is noted for its ‘leading regulatory and market knowledge’. Kevin Ingram’s highlights included advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a €271m credit card receivables deal. Stephen Curtis (‘very bright and easy to work with’) acted for Citibank and Morgan Stanley on the £2.3bn financing of Lone Star’s acquisition of a portfolio from Aviva. Andrew Forryan advised Warwick Finance Residential Mortgages on issuances totalling £2bn, and Simeon Radcliff assisted sellers and issuers with the securitisation of residential mortgages originated by Co-operative Bank subsidiaries. The ‘superb’ Christopher Walsh assisted the arrangers of a $10bn covered bond programme for DBS Bank, and Maggie Zhao, who heads the China desk, advised British Business Bank on an aggregator asset-backed funding programme for SMEs.

Leading individuals

Kevin Ingram - Clifford Chance LLP

Stephen Curtis - Clifford Chance LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP excels in the full range of trade finance, from structured deals to letters of credit. Leonard Cleland advised Russia’s VTB Capital on the refinancing of loans totalling more than $2.2bn. Russell Wells acted in numerous reserve-based lending deals including advising BNP Paribas on a $250m facility for Petro SA to finance assets in Ghana’s Jubilee oilfield.

Leading individuals

Leonard Cleland - Clifford Chance LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘first-class’ incentives department ‘stands out as one of the best share schemes practices in the market’ with ‘a strong grasp of the law’. Practice head Sonia Gilbert is noted for her ‘real ability to cut straight to the answer’ and for her ‘grit, stamina and substance in the face of tremendous pressure’. Gilbert recently advised National Australia Bank on the share plan elements of its £1.5bn demerger and IPO of Clydesdale Bank. Senior associate Liz Pierson ‘works with pace and agility, ensuring every detail is thoroughly considered’.

Leading individuals

Sonia Gilbert - Clifford Chance LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

At Clifford Chance LLP, the ‘always accessible’ practice head Chris Goodwill is ‘streets ahead of the pack’ and is representing Barclays in several high-profile investigations by multiple regulators. Goodwill is also assisting with the employment elements of GE Corporate Finance Bank’s sale of its capital leveraged loan business across several European jurisdictions. Alongside the firm’s transactional and contentious strengths, the department is also recognised for its ‘outstanding’ advisory expertise. Other key names include Mike Crossan and Alistair Woodland.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is noted for its expertise in pension investments, and acts for high-profile clients including Airbus, Scottish Widows and Babcock International. Practice head Hywel Robinson acted for the trustees of the Thames & Hudson Pension Fund on the closure of the fund to future accrual, and is assisting Barclays with a ring-fencing project. ‘Powerful and persuasive negotiator’ Clare Hoxey and Imogen Clark are also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Leading individuals

Stephen Surgeoner - Clifford Chance

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Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is ‘the go-to firm for insurance claims by large financial institutions, including banks and pension funds’. Notable practitioners include the ‘absolutely superb’ Philip Hill, who ‘is incredibly clever, knows every document and thinks through every angle’; and ‘standout individual’ Stephen Surgeoner, who ‘is redoubtable and resilient, with the ability to get to the heart of a dispute and secure a successful result’. Recent work includes acting for a major global hotel chain in relation to its insurance coverage.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

A cut above the rest’, Clifford Chance’s team is ‘particularly strong in coordinating multi-jurisdictional advice and presenting it in a consistent and appropriate manner’. Global insurance head Katherine Coates and corporate and regulatory lawyer Ashley Prebble are both ‘exceptionally bright, well-informed specialist lawyers in the sector’, and Clare Swirski is recommended for M&A transactions, joint ventures, listings and reorganisation work. Highlights included advising the Singapore arm of China Minsheng Investment on its $2.2bn acquisition of Sirius International Insurance Group, and acting for Just Retirement Group on its £1.7bn merger with Partnership Assurance Group. Other key clients include AXA, MetLife and Aspen Re.

Leading individuals

Katherine Coates - Clifford Chance

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘well-regarded’ group is led by Philip Hertz, who handles the full range of domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters, and has particular expertise in schemes of arrangement. David Steinberg left to join Stevens & Bolton LLP.

Leading individuals

Philip Hertz - Clifford Chance

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘well-drilled department has the flexibility to cover the most complex, high-value professional negligence disputes’. The ‘incredibly clever’ Philip Hill and ‘heavy-hitting, street-smart litigator’ Stephen Surgeoner lead the team, which includes Roger Leese.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP provides ‘a thorough and consistent service throughout long-running disputes’. The ‘calm’ Jeremy Kosky is ‘very experienced in trust litigation, especially in offshore cases’. Other key members of the ‘very motivated team’ include the ‘robust and approachable’ Maxine Mossman and ‘hugely energetic’ senior associate Nicole Buncher, who is ‘a rising star’. Coutts is a client.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Kosky - Clifford Chance LLP

Maxine Mossman - Clifford Chance LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘very strong’ group is headed by the ‘responsive’ Brendan Moylan, who has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border M&A. Moylan advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the £567m acquisition and debt financing of a 50% stake in the Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm in Germany. James Boswell advised a consortium comprising Allianz, Borealis and MEAG on the €1.9bn acquisition and refinancing of German motorway services chain Autobahn Tank & Rast. Caroline Sherrell is now at White & Case LLP, while Gavin Teague has retired.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘extremely strong’ group has been handling a growing number of arbitration and litigation matters, in addition to its corporate and debt restructuring workload. Russell Wells and Iain Hunter have been acting for the lenders on a series of financings for Glencore, including the $15.3bn refinancing of its revolving credit facilities. The practice is jointly led by the ‘exceptional’ David Lewis and James Pay.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLPdelivers on all levels of strategic, commercial and practical advice’. Steven Fox and Russell Wells advised Statoil on the $2.3bn disposal of its interests in the Shah Deniz gas field to Petronas. Wells has been advising the prospective lenders on the development of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline. M&A specialist Graham Phillips, Ashvin Seetulsingh and ‘always responsive’ disputes expert Alex Panayides jointly lead the team.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

First-rate in terms of industry knowledge and quality of advice’, Clifford Chance LLP excels in handling capital markets transactions, regulatory matters and energy disputes, with particular expertise in the solar market. The ‘thoughtful and supportive’ James Pay led the team advising sponsor RWE Innogy on all aspects of a £1.5bn 336MW wind farm in Suffolk, including assisting with the project financing, contract negotiations and construction issues. Group head Russell Wells advised a seven-strong consortium of banks as lenders on the $825m financing of the construction and operation of a 300MW coal-fired power plant owned by Maamba Collieries in Zambia. Jeremy Connick and Nicholas Hughes are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Connick - Clifford Chance LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Market leader’ Jonathan Solomon is in charge at Clifford Chance, where the practice is noted as being ‘very thorough and quick to grasp complex property structures and issues’. Solomon advised key client Helical Bar on the disposal and forward funding of the development site at One Bartholomew Close, London. In another standout deal, global sector co-head Adrian Levy acted for Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund Sterling on the £1.1bn sale of its UK student property portfolio. Mark Payne has ‘a rare mix of technical excellence and commercial acumen’.

Leading individuals

Adrian Levy - Clifford Chance

Jonathan Solomon - Clifford Chance

Mark Payne - Clifford Chance

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP wins plaudits on the non-contentious side, with key mandates ranging from acting for Battersea Project Land Company on the Battersea Power Station development to advising RWE and Galloper Wind Farm on the 340MW Galloper offshore wind project. Head of practice David Metzger ‘combines intellectual mastery of his subject with commercial acumen’ and Tim Steadman is ‘world-class when it comes to EPC matters’. On the contentious side, Alex Panayides and Audley Sheppard QC lead the litigation and international arbitration teams respectively. The practice was boosted by the return of Sandy Hall from the UAE.

Leading individuals

Tim Steadman - Clifford Chance LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Nigel Howorth’s team at Clifford Chance provides ‘focused advice in a manner that is capable of being digested by a wide range of audience and skill set’. The team was particularly active in the energy projects sector, with Howorth and senior associate James Shepherd advising RWE Innogy UK and Galloper Wind Farm on the environmental aspects of the successful project financing of the Galloper offshore wind farm.

Leading individuals

Nigel Howorth - Clifford Chance

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance remained active on behalf of key client Canary Wharf Group, advising on a number of matters including the Wood Wharf Regeneration scheme. The team is also assisting Horizon Nuclear Power with planning for a power station in Wales. Practice head Nigel Howorth is ‘a very safe pair of hands’.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s department is commended for its ‘remarkable bench strength and market knowledge’, with Barry O’Shea and practice head Andrew Carnegie singled out for praise. Damian Perry advised NorthStar Realty Finance Corporation on the €579m financing of its €1.06bn acquisition of a pan-Europe real estate portfolio.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carnegie - Clifford Chance

Barry O’Shea - Clifford Chance

Damian Perry - Clifford Chance

Jane Cheong Tung Sing - Clifford Chance

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP provides ‘excellent-quality’ contentious advice through experienced director Ben Hatton and senior associate Jane O’Leary, as part of its high-end real estate practice.

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has ‘a small group of specialists, all of whom contribute immensely to our sector’. Real estate finance partner Alistair McGillivray succeeded Despina Pantelia as practice head following her retirement. Other key figures includes capital markets specialist Paul Deakins, who was promoted to partner and ‘beats most people in the room’; and Ruby Giblin, who ‘brings a wealth of specialist experience’. The firm acted for a consortium of seven banks on a £90m loan to Affinity Sutton Homes for the charging of over 1,000 units.

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Angela Shepherd - Clifford Chance

Ruby Giblin - Clifford Chance

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP

At Clifford Chance LLP, TMT practice head Joachim Fleury and competition and regulatory lawyer Jenine Hulsmann advised Deutsche Telekom on the £12.5bn sale of EE to BT. Fleury also advised media and telecoms groups on joint ventures to develop online classifieds platforms.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP

Paul Carrington leads Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘renowned’ department, which advised a consortium comprising CDPQ and Hermes on its acquisition of a 40% equity stake in Eurostar from the UK government, and advised SMBC and KfW on the debt financing of the procurement of a new fleet of passenger rolling stock for the ScotRail franchise. The team also acted for Lombard on the debt financing of the procurement of new sleeper rolling stock for the Caledonian Sleeper service. Ranbir Hunjan is also recommended. Gavin Teague has retired.

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