Firm Profile > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England

Clifford Chance LLP
10 UPPER BANK STREET
LONDON
E14 5JJ
England

Acquisition finance Tier 1

Co-headed by Charles Cochrane and Taner Hassan, the 'very strong and experienced' team at Clifford Chance LLP has 'excellent market knowledge', which it implements to good effect on behalf of a balanced roster of private equity sponsors, corporates and banks across a range of acquisition finance mandates. The firm's extensive international network is of particular benefit to clients on larger-ticket cross-border mandates, for example where European issuers syndicate in the US (and vice-versa). The 'extremely drivenEmma Folds 'thinks about everything' and delivers excellent results for a lender focused client base across a range of complex financings throughout the capital structure. The team also excels at handling mandates at the intersection of infrastructure and leveraged finance, an area in which James Boswell and UK managing partner Michael Bates are particularly accomplished.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

It is a strong and very experienced team, that is really on top of new/upcoming issues in syndicated lending.

Emma Folds is extremely driven and displays excellent attention to detail.

 

Key clients

EQT

Macquarie

HSBC

Jaguar Land Rover

Apera Capital

BAML

Morgan Stanley

Maersk Drilling

RBS

Cinven

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Benefiting from a large and experienced team based in London and also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers spread throughout the firm's global network, Clifford Chance LLP is well-positioned to represent lenders and large corporate clients on syndicated cross-border lending transactions, both in terms of pan-European deals, as well as in the context of European borrowers syndicating in the US. The firm's panel relationship with the London Market Association (LMA) ensures that it is 'really on top of new and upcoming issues in syndicated lending' and is thereby able to advise on best practice in light of changes to market conditions. The firm has, for example, been at the vanguard of the rapidly developing ESG market; the 'smart and pragmaticNicola Wherity recently advised the co-ordinating banks on a high-profile jumbo sustainability linked  €1.5bn revolving facility for a major global telecommunications and technology group. As part of her broad-ranging finance practice, the 'extremely driven and thoughtfulEmma Folds regularly handles investment grade-related syndicated finance mandates. The 'vastly experienced' Charles Cochrane has strong lender side credentials and is a key member of the team that also includes a number of 'very impressive' junior partners, including David Robson  and Nick Kinnersley, whose broad-ranging workflow includes general corporate lending and public bid financings.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Strong team, very experienced, on LMA panel so really on top of new/upcoming issues in syndicated lending.’

‘Nicola Wherity – smart, pragmatic, extensive knowledge. Emma Folds – extremely driven, excellent attention to detail, thinks about everything. Bettina Steinhauer and Barbara Mayer-Trautmann as leaders in German market. Giuseppe de Palma and Charles Adams as leaders in Italian market.’

‘Excellent market knowledge, understanding of us as a client and drafting ability.’

‘Excellent client management and provision of services across a wide range of practice areas and jurisdictions. Nicola Wherity gives excellent service as our main partner contact, as well as having in depth knowledge of our product area and our own business. Toby Mann and Deborah Neale are both excellent drafting lawyers.’

Key clients

EQT

Macquarie

HSBC

Jaguar Land Rover

Apera Capital

BAML

Morgan Stanley

Maersk Drilling

RBS

Cinven

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's banking litigation team is 'one of the key ports of call for the biggest banks engaged in their highest-value and most high-profile disputes'. It advises on a full range of contentious matters including regulatory investigations, misselling claims and derivatives disputes, and attracts praise for its 'technical knowledge and understanding of banking products and transactions and of the domestic and international regulatory environment'. The 'vastly experienced' Ian Moulding leads the practice, in which Simon Davis — who is the current president of the Law Society — and Roger Best who is 'someone to trust with the most difficult of problems' are key members. Helen Carty and Christopher Yates both specialise in multijurisdictional matters, while Yates is particularly strong for finance disputes involving investments in developing economies. Other names of note include recently promoted partners Kate Scott (who counts follow-on litigation from regulatory investigations and fintech sector disputes among her areas of specialism) and Lindsay Bickerton, who combines banking and aviation sector disputes experience, and senior associate Stephanie Huts who handles banking and insolvency litigation.

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Testimonials

‘Unrivalled level of technical knowledge and understanding of the banking products and transactions they deal with, and of the domestic and international regulatory environment in which their clients operate, combined with true legal expertise in the field. Truly first class’

‘Roger Best has an extraordinary level of experience, and is still as energetic and involved as ever. Dedicated, wise, decent – he’s someone to trust with the most difficult of problems’

 

‘Stephanie Huts has an excellent combination of legal knowledge, commercial nous, energy and client engagement’

‘Ian Moulding is vastly experienced in taking on big and difficult cases. Good at assembling and managing large teams. Able to take big decisions in major litigation

‘Chris Yates is an energetic and highly capable litigator who is fun to work with. Super-smart and dedicated and does not waste time in getting to the core of the matter’

‘Matthew Newick is a top litigator with excellent legal acumen and a commanding presence that gives reassuring comfort to clients and leaves opponents appropriately shaken. A sharp, no-nonsense type of partner with fantastic legal skills – and a great sense of humour’

‘ An excellent and highly-experienced team, with superlative quality from trainee to partner. This is one of the key ports of call for the biggest banks engaged in their highest-value and most high-profile disputes’

Guy Burkitt  is a star on the rise. Clever, careful, independent-minded, hard-working to a fault and with excellent client skills. He is the full package.

‘Kate Scott has the ability to manage a large team of associates covering numerous inter-dependent workstreams. Excellent client skills’

 

Key clients

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

ICBC Standard Bank

ING

Morgan Stanley

RBS

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 1

The commercial and corporate litigation team at Clifford Chance LLP is 'a great choice for big-ticket litigation', particularly with cross-border elements. It benefits from 'tonnes of talent right through from top partners to junior associates' and the ability to work both cross-practice and with its international network. The group counts civil fraud, M&A, financial services, privacy and phone-hacking disputes among its areas of specialism. Practice head Jeremy Kosky handles complex cross-border disputes with experience litigating in London and off-shore jurisdictions. The 'fantastic' Maxine Mossman handles litigation arising from M&A transactions, while veteran consultant (and president of the Law Society) Simon Davis is known for his experience in financial disputes involving investment banks, corporate and regulatory investigations. Helen CartyChristopher Yates and Julian Acratopulo are names to note for financial services, sports and aviation sector disputes respectively. Banking litigator Kate Scott and Claire Freeman, who combines commercial, financial and civil litigation and litigation funding expertise, were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Highly experienced and competent team, a major advantage is that they understand the business of our company as a client, which is a great advantage in order to develop a sustainable long term relationship.’

Very strong and seasoned litigators with tonnes of talent right through from top partners to junior associates. A great choice for big-ticket litigation.

Much as you would expect from CC their commercial litigation teams are absolutely first-rate. Producing excellent work on tight timescales – always very on hand for queries; take on tasks with short notice and very responsive to any feedback. Absolute mastery of the detail in the cases I do with them.

Jeremy Kosky has fantastic oversight of major litigation – sees the big picture but not afraid to descend into the detail when needed. Samantha Ward is a terrific partner with exceptionally good judgement, international level diplomacy skills and a wicked sense of humour. Charles Joseph is a relatively new associate with phenomenal attention to detail who masters every aspect of huge case files.

Julian Acratopulo (partner): very able, very clever and very tough. You don’t want him on the other side, as you know it’s going to hurt.

Maxine Mossman has the rare capacity to be on top of every detail of a complex case while at the same time not letting the detail interfere with a clear view of the bigger picture. Top quality. James Cranston is a superb associate – clever, massively hard-working, and a joy to work with.

Max Mossman is fantastic. She is very user friendly and exceptionally good at managing large teams of lawyers with great efficiency and skill.

Lucy Hall is one of the best associates I have worked with in a long time. Extraordinarily hardworking and holds an astonishing level of knowledge. A fighter and a great litigator.

Key clients

Pfizer

Actis

The Raytheon Company

General Electric

News Corp

Apax Partners

BT

Airbus

Dr Mike Lynch

Permira

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the most service-orientated firm in the market’, Clifford Chance LLP’s lawyers are praised for their ‘commercial acumen, expertise of the market and breadth of legal knowledge’. Large scale developments, including regeneration, station and infrastructure projects are a particular forte with support provided at all stages of the cycle including finance, planning and construction. The team complements its development offering via its considerable corporate occupier expertise, frequently advising occupiers and operators on the building of their own facilities in addition to representing tenants entering into pre lettings. Central London headquarter transactions and secondary market lettings are also a key focus while on the investment side, distinguished strengths include the sales, purchases and joint ventures relating to major real estate platforms and cross-border portfolio transactions. The ‘extraordinaryAlis Pay frequently acts for new investors into the European market while Mark Payne is noted as ‘head and shoulders above practitioners at other firms’; both act on behalf of global funds, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds. Angela Kearns is ‘quick to identify and raise commercial considerations to clients’ and Ian Painter is ‘particularly proactive’, boasting a track record in London office developments. Adrian Levy is one of the market’s most experienced names, serving as co-head of the firm’s global real estate sector.

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Testimonials

‘Ian Painter is extremely efficient and responsive – he is constantly thinking about how to deal with matters as they arise.’

‘The team at Clifford Chance offers top notch legal advice – I have also found them also to be the most service oriented firm in the market. CC is our go to firm for the most complex and largest transactions where we need all hands on deck.’

‘Angela Kearns is quick to identify and raise commercial considerations to the client. She argues well to pursue and protect her client’s interest.’

‘The most impressive part of the business is the sheer depth of coverage when dealing with a large/complex transaction. As and when any issues arises, be it tax, corporate, financing, Clifford Chance are a one stop shop for fixing problems.’

‘Sometimes lawyers focus too much on form and forget the substance of the matter at hand. That is not the case with Clifford Chance. They always get the big picture and provide advice accordingly.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

Generali Real Estate

Helical plc

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells

Commercial property: development Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the most service-orientated firm in the market’, Clifford Chance LLP’s lawyers are praised for their ‘commercial acumen, expertise of the market and breadth of legal knowledge’. Large scale developments, including regeneration, station and infrastructure projects are a particular forte with support provided at all stages of the cycle including finance, planning and construction. The team complements its development offering via its considerable corporate occupier expertise, frequently advising occupiers and operators on the building of their own facilities in addition to representing tenants entering into pre lettings. Central London headquarter transactions and secondary market lettings are also a key focus while on the investment side, distinguished strengths include the sales, purchases and joint ventures relating to major real estate platforms and cross-border portfolio transactions. The ‘extraordinaryAlis Pay frequently acts for new investors into the European market while Mark Payne is noted as ‘head and shoulders above practitioners at other firms’; both act on behalf of global funds, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds. Angela Kearns is ‘quick to identify and raise commercial considerations to clients’ and Ian Painter is ‘particularly proactive’, boasting a track record in London office developments. Adrian Levy is one of the market’s most experienced names, serving as co-head of the firm’s global real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team at Clifford Chance offers top notch legal advice – I have also found them also to be the most service oriented firm in the market. CC is our go to firm for the most complex and largest transactions where we need all hands on deck.’

‘The most impressive part of the business is the sheer depth of coverage when dealing with a large/complex transaction. As and when any issues arises, be it tax, corporate, financing, Clifford Chance are a one stop shop for fixing problems.’

‘Sometimes lawyers focus too much on form and forget the substance of the matter at hand. That is not the case with Clifford Chance. They always get the big picture and provide advice accordingly.’

Key clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

AshbyCapital

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Canary Wharf Group plc

Coin Street Community Builders

Corinthia Hotels

Country Garde

Helical plc

Hillwood

JTRE

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Native Land

Nuveen

Sadler’s Wells

Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the most service-orientated firm in the market’, Clifford Chance LLP’s lawyers are praised for their ‘commercial acumen, expertise of the market and breadth of legal knowledge’. Large scale developments, including regeneration, station and infrastructure projects are a particular forte with support provided at all stages of the cycle including finance, planning and construction. The team complements its development offering via its considerable corporate occupier expertise, frequently advising occupiers and operators on the building of their own facilities in addition to representing tenants entering into pre lettings. Central London headquarter transactions and secondary market lettings are also a key focus while on the investment side, distinguished strengths include the sales, purchases and joint ventures relating to major real estate platforms and cross-border portfolio transactions. The ‘extraordinaryAlis Pay frequently acts for new investors into the European market while Mark Payne is noted as ‘head and shoulders above practitioners at other firms’; both act on behalf of global funds, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds. Angela Kearns is ‘quick to identify and raise commercial considerations to clients’ and Ian Painter is ‘particularly proactive’, boasting a track record in London office developments. Adrian Levy is one of the market’s most experienced names, serving as co-head of the firm’s global real estate sector.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable/technical but also has a strong commercial sense with a view to get transactions closed.’

‘One always has the sense the partners know what is happening and are not just delegating.’

‘The team at Clifford Chance offers top notch legal advice – I have also found them also to be the most service oriented firm in the market. CC is our go to firm for the most complex and largest transactions where we need all hands on deck.’

‘Alis Pay is an extraordinary lawyer both in skills in client service. She is an excellent negotiator on behalf of her clients whilst always keeping her eye on getting the transaction done. We are time and time again impressed with her hard work, acumen and negating skills. She is a rare and we have been very fortunate to have her on our team.’

‘The assignments I worked on with Alis Pay and her team at CC were the most gruelling and complex of my career. I could have never imagined how pivotal a single team of lawyers could be on a transaction until we were in the trenches together – Alis tirelessly led all of us through the darkness with such poise and clairvoyance we will seek to bring Alis and her team into all of the more complex assignments we find ourselves in. Alis’s team is made up us such capable associates that we hardly could tell who was leading at any given point. It is clear that Alis is hugely respected by her colleagues and mentees.

‘The Clifford Chance property team upholds its magic circle reputation – fast, responsive, with expertly delivered advice.’

‘Mark Payne, is stand-out, and is head and shoulders  above practitioners in other firms. He delivers expert advice with excellent client care.’

‘The team are highly detail oriented, pragmatic and commercial. They come up with sensible solutions to acquisition issues and raise potential future issues in a clear manner allowing us to take proactive action early.’

‘Sometimes lawyers focus too much on form and forget the substance of the matter at hand. That is not the case with Clifford Chance. They always get the big picture and provide advice accordingly.’

‘Alis Pay is the absolute stand-out. Very smart and commercial, one of best if not the best lawyer I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

Blackstone

Canary Wharf Group PLC

CK Asset Holdings

CPPIB

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

Helical plc

Hillwood Investment Properties

Legal & General

NorthWest Healthcare REIT

Mitsui Fudosan

Patrizia

Stanhope

Thomson Reuters

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP fields a heavyweight team that has ‘the resources to deal with litigation of any size or complexity’ and has immense experience in cross-border, sensitive and high-value claims. It acts for institutional and individual clients on a broad array of cases in London and overseas, predominantly handling offshore cases but also onshore matters. The team is skilled at acting in claims relating to family trusts, inheritance and divorce, in addition to shareholder disputes in family companies. The team is led by ‘seasoned litigator’ Jeremy Kosky, who garners praise for his considerable experience in the most significant trust litigation. Maxine Mossman receives plaudits for her extensive trust disputes expertise. Nicole Buncher is another key member of the team, which has 'significant experience in handling big-ticket trust disputes and works really well with local counsel and London silks alike'.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Jeremy Kosky is a master strategist with a team that obviously enjoys working with him and respects him. He works incredibly hard to get the client a good result. He also has very good people skills with his team and the client

Jeremy is extremely hardworking, very thoughtful, and tough without being pointlessly aggressive. He is also very sensitive when dealing with clients’

‘Clifford Chance is unique for the knowledge it possesses of the Bermuda court system, the judiciary system and the local legal system. This experience and knowledge comes from having been present in Bermuda for some of the most significant cases in terms of complexity and value that have been adjudicated there

Max Mossman alone would be a formidable department. Joining her and Jeremy Kosky makes the team almost unrivalled. Max Mossman is an absolute delight. Very knowledgeable and hugely user friendly

Maxine Mossman has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust disputes, and if you want a solicitor who has unparalleled experience in this area, then there really is no one else to choose. She’s a formidable opponent. On a human level she is a genuinely nice person with great emotional intelligence

‘Fantastic strength and depth and undoubtedly one of the best teams in London. Jeremy Kosky is exceptional and a genuine pleasure to work with. He offers sound commercial advice and is incredibly reassuring in his manner. Associate Laura Hasson is a star of the future, as is Nicole Buncher

Jeremy Kosky is literally world class in his field. Nicole Buncher is incredibly hardworking and motivated

We have worked with Nicole Buncher for many years and she is always so enthusiastic and proactive in everything she does and determined to do the best for her client. Jeremy Kosky is both a brilliant lawyer and also a really engaging and personable individual’

‘The team combines legal expertise with a human, friendly approach to clients, making it a pleasure to work with them

Corporate governance Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP works with a considerable number of major FTSE-listed businesses across a number of industries, particularly financial services, but also including names such as EasyJet and ITV. The team has a range of expertise and collaborates closely with the corporate and employment department, advising on regulatory compliance, shareholder activism issues, and transactional issues including takeover defence, alongside environment and social governance work. Of particular note is the firm's market-leading work on highly sensitive sexual harassment matters, many of which are high-profile in nature. Key team members include Melissa Fogarty, who advises many institutional clients on transaction-related matters, David Pudge, a highly-regarded adviser to listed companies and financial institutions, regulatory specialist Steven Fox, and Daud Khan, who advises on cross-border transactional and regulatory issues. Also recommended is Carlos Conceicao, who handles a variety of contentious regulatory considerations.

Testimonials

‘The team mobilises in an instant – they are on the case in a flash with a wonderful depth of experience and the resource and skills to tackle any situation.’

‘Exceptionally thorough and thoughtful, and highly responsive. Always go the extra mile, add value and deliver ahead of any deadline. I get a strong sense that they care deeply about delivering top-quality work product and are invested in their client’s success.’

‘David Pudge and his team give complete assurance that they are all over this area and that we are doing the right thing at all times.’

‘Very pragmatic, commercial advice, weighing up all the pros and cons, with the benefit of their vast knowledge and experience.’

‘Just a fantastic understanding of our work, our sector and the complex politics we deal with in building a governance structure.’

‘David Pudge has been outstanding in his responsiveness and proactivity to advise on corporate governance issues relevant to our business, particularly in recent months when we have sought guidance from him at very short notice on the effects of Covid-19. His advice continues to be authoritative and readily understood and trusted by our entire board.’

Key clients

HSBC

Glencore

Informa

Serco

easyJet

Legal & General

Provident Financial

Pharos Energy

ITV

Meggitt

Virgin Money

Jupiter Fund Management

Devro

French Connection

Halfords

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's five-partner team provides 'top quality advice, across jurisdictions and across the spectrum of different types of transactions', running the gamut from balance sheet restructurings and distressed transactions, through to formal insolvency matters. Led by the 'pragmatic and commercialPhilip Hertz, the firm's balanced roster of clients, which includes banks, corporates and funds, and visibility for fulcrum stakeholders in high-profile mandates, (including recently Thomas Cook and British Steel) ensures that it is well-placed to provide 'an honest and accurate market view'. 'Attentive and careful in advising on the various options available', Iain White epitomises the firm's versatility and provides 'timely and accurate advice' to both creditors and debtors, frequently in a cross-border setting. John MacLennan 'has seen deals across different types of industries and European jurisdictions' and is a key member of a team that also includes the 'excellentDavid Towers, whose broad-ranging practice also includes work for alternative lenders.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team provides precise, timely and accurate advice.

The firm provides top quality advice, across jurisdictions and across the spectrum of different types of transactions.

The team has a can-do attitude, is robust in negotiation when needed, but  equally focused on getting the deal done and finding ways to work around problems.

Because of their position in the market, you can rely on them to give you an honest and accurate market view.

The pragmatic and commercial Philip Hertz has great knowledge and experience in wide-ranging UK and cross-border matters.

Iain White was attentive and careful in advising on the various options available to our side.

John MacLennan is an excellent lawyer, who is more than a steady pair of hands in the stress and tedium of a restructuring situation. He has seen deals across the different types of industries and European jurisdictions, and because of his contacts, if he doesn’t know the answer to a particular question, he will be able to find out the answer for you.

 

 

Key clients

Angelo Gordon

PIMCO

HSBC

OTAS

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Mizuho

Natwest Markets/RBS

Barings

Deutsche Bank

EY

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Deloitte

Fosun Tourism Group

Davidson Kempner

KBC

Corporate tax Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP distinguishes itself in M&A and finance-related tax, as well as real estate and funds tax work. In addition to undertaking transactional work, the group has been advising clients on the tax implications of restructurings and reorganisations, both in the context of Brexit and also COVID-19. The global head of tax, pensions and employment is Chris Davies, who focuses on the tax aspects of corporate and finance transactions. Also noted for their specialism in the tax aspects of corporate deals are Nick Mace and David HarknessDavid Saleh has notable expertise in indirect tax issues and is also is the name to note for real estate transactions. Dan Neidle is the head of the London tax department.

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Testimonials

Knowledgeable, experienced, and you get to deal with the partners directly.’

David Harkness is unassuming and courteous, but so very sound. I have every confidence in his advice.’

Dan Neidle complements the team sitting with and around him.’

Key clients

MasterCard

Swiss Re

CBRE

Legal & General

Macquarie

Cellnex

Chrysaor

easyJet

Inmarsat

Credit Suisse

Citibank

Tyson Foods

Bridgepoint

Aberdeen Asset Managers

AB InBev

Merck

SCOR

Zouk Capital

DWS Infrastructure

Debt capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's team is 'approachable and technically very strong, providing prompt and commercially contextualised advice'. The firm is one of the very leading for European capital markets transactions, with it being strong across a full spectrum of products, including investment grade bonds, regulatory capital and hybrid transactions, liability management, Eurobonds and EMTN programmes, equity-linked products, sovereign issues and project bonds. It also has a prominent position in emerging markets issuances. The firm is a trusted adviser to financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations. London capital markets head Simon Sinclair is 'extremely dedicated and approachable, offering pragmatic solutions'. His group includes capital markets and infrastructure partner David Bickerton, the vastly experienced David Dunnigan, the 'superlative' Paul Deakins and private placement and infrastructure expert Clare Burgess. US-qualified practitioner John Connolly takes the lead on registered securities offerings and Rule 144A offerings, private placements and Regulation S issuances. The 'proactive and commercial' Kate Vyvyan is an up-and-coming partner, who focuses predominantly on corporate bonds, regulatory capital and liability management transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They are approachable and technically very strong, providing prompt, commercially contextualised advice. They can engage in a more holistic advisory role and generally provide helpful guidance to facilitate management decisions, not just two-sided “maybe” advice.

Paul Deakins is superlative at pragmatically applying strong technical knowledge and is highly responsive. He seems to intuitively “get it”, even out of the blue on complex commercial issues, which sets him apart. He has a strong team who are cut from the same cloth and provide a great client experience.’

Partners are always engaged and aware of the transaction, providing excellent rapid responses to questions posed.

David Dunnigan actively engages with clients and ensures connectivity and offers added value positive services.’

Eric Green a truly excellent senior associate who surely deserves to be a partner very soon.’

The DCM practice has a strong cohort of partners and associates who are experts in bank regulatory capital issues and can field dedicated teams to service multiple banks. This depth in such a specialist area makes Clifford Chance the “go-to” firm for bank issuers.’

Simon Sinclair is extremely dedicated and approachable on any number of issues all at the same time. He offers pragmatic solutions and engages in frequent dialogue as to what went well and what can be done more effectively, which makes for a strong working relationship.’

David Bickerton has been a superstar for years. Clare Burgess is in the same mould and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Global Infrastructure Partners

Maxima Grupe

Santander Poland

Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank

Heimstaden Bostad AB (publ)

AB Sagax (publ)

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Vivo Energy

Libstar Holdings

Provident Financial Plc

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., (‘NLB’)

Informa

SBB

Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP 'has the most in-depth knowledge of synthetic securitisation', according to one client, noting that the team is 'always accessible and is able to see all sides of an argument'. As well as having a leading practice for synthetic securitisation and significant risk transfer transactions, the firm is active across the whole waterfront of structured finance, with its work spanning cash CLO and securitised fund financing for large portfolio managers, bespoke structured product programmes for asset managers, structured notes, warrants and certificates, repackagings, proprietary indices, insurance products and structured deposits. It also acts for banks, dealers, asset managers and custodians in connection with the implementation of regulatory margin requirements. It is also European regulatory counsel for ISDA. Innovation is another key strength and the firm has been working with the developers of a distributed ledger technology (DLT) solution for frictionless collateral swaps in the securities lending market. Andrew Coats and Paget Dare Bryan lead the practice. Also recommended are the 'consistently commercial and concise' Jessica Littlewood, the 'extremely detail-oriented' Timothy Cleary who 'loves an intellectual challenge', and versatile partners Anne Drakeford, Matthew Grigg and Faizal Khan. Consultant Habib Motani and, for insurance-linked securities, Will Winterton play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team has the most in-depth knowledge of synthetic securitisation. While certain key individuals underpin this, and are always present when required, in recent years they have successfully broadened their bench strength and the quality of more junior associates is high.’

‘I would also note a high level of diversity, certainly by gender, within this team, which makes for a refreshing approach and enables better problem-solving.’

‘The team is always accessible and is able to see all sides of an argument.’

‘Jessica Littlewood has been one of the key players in the synthetic securitisation market since its inception, and is consistently commercial and concise. Tim Cleary is extremely detail-oriented, loves an intellectual challenge, and together they represent a great team.’

‘Clifford Chance is by far the dominant player in the niche market of balance sheet CLOs. It is the best firm I have used in this space. Fees-wise, very reasonable, and very responsive. Because they have such a high market share of this type of transactions they are effectively drafting the market standard.’

‘Jessica Littlewood and Tim Cleary are the main partners I dealt with. They are, in my view, the leading legal authority on synthetic balance sheet securitisations and are probably involved in over 75% of the transactions in the market. They are user-friendly and have very deep knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial developments in this market.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank / Bank of Scotland

Credit Suisse

Paragon Banking Group

Pool Re

SCOR

NIBC Bank

Citi

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bank of Ireland

Deutsche Bank

Employee share schemes Tier 1

The incentives department at Clifford Chance LLP is dedicated to advising on high-end transactions as well as a range of other complex advisory projects. Recognised as technical and market experts, the team contributes to several industry organisations at committee level. Sonia Gilbert heads the team and advises a wide range of companies from all sectors on remuneration disclosure, governance and policy as well on remuneration issues on large corporate deals and IPOs; she is praised for her 'tremendous client facing skills'. Andrew Patterson, the former head of incentives law at Barclays, advises on a range of global incentives and remuneration issues at the highest level, with notable experience of financial service sector remuneration.

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Testimonials

‘Two things make this practice unique. First, the team has recruited personnel from in-house positions in large financial services institutions. Having people of this calibre and experience really gives the practice extra commercial flair and focus. Second, precisely because of the financial services angle, I would say that CC are the pre-eminent share schemes practice in the financial remuneration regulatory space.’

‘Sonia Gilbert has tremendous client facing skills, which, coupled with 20+ years of share scheme experience, puts her at the vanguard of top experts in this area.’

‘Andrew Patterson brings to the table both his unique experience of financial remuneration regulation gained at Barclays and his phenomenal work ethic.’

‘A cohesive and loyal team.’

Key clients

Inmarsat

CK Asset Holdings

Provident Financial

Wells Fargo

Standard Chartered Bank

Siemens

RBS

Chrysaor

HSBC

MasterCard

Energy and infrastructure Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is 'technically excellent' across the energy and infrastructure sector, advising on some of the largest infrastructure financings and M&A transactions in the sector. Its key mandates have included advising Infracapital/Energetics on their acquisition of 65% stake in UK Power Solutions and and the infrastructure investment fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management on its acquisition of a 43.1% stake in North Sea Midstream Partners from the Kuwait Investment Authority. Michael Bates and Toby Parkinson, who has rejoined the practice from an in-house position, are noted for their experience handling top-end infrastructure M&A deals. Michael Pearson co-heads the PPP group and advises governments, sponsors, investors and lenders on greenfield infrastructure projects. James Boswell is the leading figure for infrastructure financings.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge from working on a large number of the highest profile transactions. Technically excellent. Strength in depth across the firm.’

‘Clifford Chance has a transaction track record second to none. They are accurate and reliable in execution and provide strong intellectual sparring partners. They offer flexible solutions and are commercial in their approach to negotiations. Clifford Chance are certainly a name to go to in infrastructure.’

‘Toby Parkinson (partner) has good sector knowledge and is technically excellent. He has good client understanding from having worked in-house in a similar sector.’

‘Toby is an excellent and a commercial M&A lawyer. He finds practical solutions to legally complicated situations and removes this complexity from the transaction team’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

Arcus Infrastructure

EQT Infrastructure

Allianz

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

IFM

Infracapital

OMERS Infrastructure

Partners Group (Infra)

Environment Tier 1

The environmental team at Clifford Chance LLP primarily provides environmental expertise in support of large M&A transactions; the group also has experience advising clients on environmental regulations and assisting with the environmental aspects of infrastructure and development projects. The team also provides advice to corporate clients regarding contentious environmental issues. The department is led by Nigel Howorth, who regularly advises on standalone environmental issues including REACH issues, emissions trading work, landfill regulations, and contaminated land and waste regulations, particularly in the corporate and energy sectors.

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‘Strong commitment to pro-bono legal work, harnessing the global resources of the firm.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the technical subject combined with an ability to understand and assess commercial drivers and provide practical and risk weighted advice taking account of the multiple issues faced by large infrastructure projects. The Team is high performing and well-motivated but without losing the identity or personality of the individuals – all in all, they are a pleasure to work with on both a professional and personal level.’

‘They are able to provide prompt relevant advice; taking account of non-legal factors, and communicate assessments and outcomes in an appropriate manner to a varied audience. Over the years they have become an integral part of our development team – at particularly busy times, they have located team members near our offices to enable optimal working arrangements. Nigel Howorth, Elizabeth Hardacre and Katie Kempthorne are worthy of particular mention.’

Key clients

Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights

Nielsen

Coca-Cola

Horizon Nuclear Power

EQT

Emerson

Innogy

Mitsubishi Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has an outstanding track record advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters on market-shaping transactions. Noted for its strong English and US law capabilities, the firm is among the leaders in the market for domestic and cross-border IPOs and secondary offerings, as well as related corporate work. A recent highlight included Simon Thomas, US group head John Connolly and others acting for the underwriters (Credit Suisse, KKR Capital Markets, Citi, HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Barclays) on Calisen Plc's £328.8m Main Market IPO and premium listing. Adrian Cartwright is the global head of capital markets, while Simon Sinclair is the head of the London team.

Testimonials

In addition to transaction experience, CC is typically part of the conversation between the FCA and other market participants regarding potential changes in regulation, so they generally have their finger on the pulse. Simon Thomas is particularly noteworthy in this respect – whenever I have a question on UK market practise / how the FCA might view a particular issue, Simon is one of lawyers that I would call for a view.

The level of service and quality of advice is consistently excellent and I personally consider them to be my preferred counsel for bank side work. Simon Thomas, in particular, is outstanding, coupling precision of legal advice with commercial acumen and a calm, considered demeanour. He has advised us on a number of transactions in the past couple of years and he is a go-to name in the ECM space.

The team is incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful and experienced. They are also personable and commercial, which enables them to provide timely and pragmatic advice on fast-paced deals.

Within CC Simon Thomas is our go-to partner – very strong technically, really approachable / accessible and easy to work with. Understands banks’ viewpoint 100% and is internally trusted across our risk management framework to give sensible advice which balances risk with commerciality. Great relationship skills. Equally empathetic with issuers – goes out of his way to get on with our clients which is a massive help and steps in if issuers’ counsel are found wanting. He has so much experience and brings an air of diplomacy and gravitas to these inter–lawyer disputes. Also – not egotistical and happy to help out the junior bankers.

Adrian Cartwright is another great, solid lawyer with great client skills. We’ve worked with him on a couple of things including on the issuers side. Always a relief to find CC on the issuer’s side; we know they are sensible, reasoned, listen and cooperate constructively in getting deals done.

They are one of my absolute go-to firms for ECM and equity-linked transactions. They have a good balance of technical excellence and client focus on both the company and underwriter sides. Adrian is someone I rate highly. He is the right leader of that team. Chris Roe has a good manner, excellent attention to detail and is just a fantastic operator. Simon Thomas is technically excellent. Simon Sinclair is someone I would always hold in high regard. Iain Hunter ‘gets it’, and is pragmatic and commercial.

Key clients

Huatai Securities Co., Ltd

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Zeus Capital Ltd

Citigroup

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Morgan Stanley

ENBD Capital

Barclays

Goldman Sachs

Liberum

Serco Group plc

RBC Europe Limited

Financial services: contentious Tier 1

The 'quality and breadth of experience is excellent' at Clifford Chance LLP , according to clients. The firm’s expertise covers outsourcing investigations, financial crime matters and acting for directors in relation to the SMCR. The practice also specialises in PRA enforcement proceedings. Carlos Conceicao leads the team and acts for financial institutions involved in enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Notable in his team are Roger Best, who advises on multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations; Dorian Drew, who is known for complex and reputational work; Kelwin Nicholls, who focuses on the financial services, commodities and cryptocurrency sectors and regulatory enforcement and litigation expert Oliver Pegden . Samantha Ward, who has experience handling FCA, payment systems regulator, SFO and antitrust authorities cases; financial crime specialist Michael Lyons; and senior associate Nicholas Grafton-Green, who deals with complex contentious matters, are also recommended..

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Testimonials

‘Very keen to deliver in a super efficient and helpful way to their clients’

‘Solid strong professionalism and good balance of sticking to principles to keep independence of view’

‘Show respect to the client’s business model, corporate culture and management decisions’

‘Always reliable, immediate response even during the weekends’

‘Highly agile to provide advice with a timely manner and sound consistent quality’

‘Dorian Drew has profound experience of working with regulators; leadership skills, a solid tone and the  clear view needed to lead discussion with regulators, as well as strategic thinking’

‘Michael Lyons is a priceless partner. He has super all-round skills, not limited to excellent understanding, outstanding communication, critical thinking and abundant insights, as well as super paper work’

‘Oliver Pegden is very consistent in his professional style of hard-working approach – always candid and always sticking to the principles. He is very calm and stable, perfect to work with on complicated projects’

Key clients

R Raphael & Sons (Raphaels Bank)

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP’s broad practice and strength in depth allows the firm to advise on the full range of regulatory issues in the financial services area. The department also provides expertise in Fintech, operational resilience and advising industry associations. Christopher Bates leads the practice and is an expert in financial services regulation and regulatory matters relating to Brexit. Notable in the team are Simon Crown, who is known for Brexit advice in the asset management industry; Monica Sah, who specialises in regulatory change issues for global financial institutions and disruptor blockchain providers and Caroline Dawson, who focuses on advising financial institutions, market infrastructure and other market participants on regulation and M&A. High profile partner Simon Gleeson is heavily involved in advising banking and financial services sector industry bodies in relation to matters such as Brexit. Caroline Meinertz covers the spectrum of financial regulation, while senior associates Diego Ballon Ossio and Stephanie Peacock are also recommended.

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‘A strong focus on achieving the end result even when multiple unexpected road blocks arise’

‘Ability to take best practice from world leading regulators and apply it to local circumstances’

‘Very strong technical ability and regulatory insight, but, importantly, advice is couched in commercial reality’

‘Helping my business to make risk based decisions and operate’

 

Fintech Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's deep bench strength in the financial services and technology industries, Clifford Chance LLP's team represents clients across the fintech ecosystem, including banks, payment companies and start-ups. The range of work is equally diverse and includes corporate transactions, blockchain projects, regulatory compliance and litigation involving fintech companies. Peter Chapman specialises in advising clients on strategic legal and regulatory matters, such as PSD2, the proposed EU crowdfunding regulation and legal frameworks supporting blockchain and cryptocurrency developments. Jonathan Kewley has a wealth of experience in technology projects, with particular strength advising clients on the regulatory aspects of blockchain and AI. Samantha Ward is a go-to partner for fintech disputes and investigations, including cyber security and payments litigation. Kate Scott specialises in follow-on litigation and regulatory investigations, with particular strength in contentious cryptocurrency matters. Highly active partner Monica Sah advises clients on financial services regulation, including financial product structuring, custody issues and compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Directive 5 (AMLD5). In a recent mandate, the firm advised Mastercard International on its acquisition of Nets' payment business for $2.85bn.

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‘A very strong team with in-depth knowledge and pragmatic solutions.’

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has particular strength in infrastructure M&A deals and advising funds, where its client base includes leading infrastructure names such as  3i Infrastructure, Allianz Capital Partners, and OMERS Infrastructure. Demonstrating the firm's strength in this area it was involved in Global Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project for approximately £4.46bn. Key names to note include James Boswell and Clare Burgess , who advise alongside practice head Michael Bates. Following two 2018 partner losses to US firms in London, Clifford Chance strengthened its bench with the re-hiring of Toby Parkinson from OMERS Infrastructure as a partner. Clients appreciate the team's 'deep industry knowledge' and its 'commercial' approach.

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‘ Deep knowledge of industry and terms. Very commercial. Excellent all around.’

‘This practice is unique, with the lawyers able to provide lenders with commercial advice based on their experiences in the energy sector in Ghana as well as complex legal advice.’

‘Russell Wells is one of the best sponsor counsel I have ever worked with.’

 

 

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

Ardian

EQT Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Hermes Infrastructure

JP Morgan Infrastructure

First State Investments

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's non-contentious insurance practice handles matters including transactions, joint ventures and restructuring work; the team has been particularly active in advising clients on Brexit-related matters, and also advises on transactions involving insurance-linked securities. The practice is led by Katherine Coates, Ashley Prebble, and Hilary Evenett; Coates has 'an incredible breadth of knowledge across many different areas of insurance' and also serves as the firm’s global head of insurance, while Prebble and Evenett are deputy co-heads. Narind Singh and Cheng Li Yow are also praised by clients.

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‘Strong and long established non-contentious insurance practice. Practice leader Katherine Coates was one of the pioneers of the development of specialist corporate insurance practices. The team is one of the strongest in the market.’

‘The CC team never fails to deliver. Industry leading lawyers, advice and delivery. It is a pleasure to work with the insurance team and beyond.’

‘ChengLi Yow and her team consistently produced top notch legal advice that was clear, concise yet comprehensive on matters related to life insurance estate management. The advice was also provided with fast turnaround response times (to the extent possible). We would recommend her and her team any day.’

‘The Clifford Chance insurance team has a great breadth and depth of experience. We have used them for our Brexit project and we know we can rely on their knowledge of the UK and European insurance markets.’

‘We have mainly worked with Narind Singh. He is very user friendly – he’s responsive, pragmatic and helped to steer us through some tricky issues.’

‘Team has a very deep bench and can access specialist knowledge in other areas of law with expertise in insurance. The team are able to manage highly complex projects concurrently and cost effectively.’

‘Katherine Coates has an incredible breadth of knowledge across many different areas of insurance but is especially strong on the regulatory side – Her experience in the space gives her an ability to advise beyond purely legal matters.’

Key clients

AXA XL

Domestic & General

Chubb

Legal & General

Admiral

Swiss Re

LV=

SCOR

Aspen

Allianz

Oil and gas Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP acts for an impressive roster of clients encompassing national independent companies, IOC majors and private equity houses. Alongside big-ticket transactions and international disputes, the firm also assists with construction and procurement arrangements, antitrust issues and environmental law. Practice co-heads Graham Phillips and Alex Panayides, as well as David Lewis, have a wealth of experience leading arbitration proceedings and complex transactions across the oil and gas value chain. Global head of the energy and resources practice, Russell Wells has over 30 years of commercial, corporate and finance experience acting in landmark transactions in emerging markets.

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Key clients

Shell

Total

ENGIE

Equinor

Kuwait National Petroleum

Petroineos

Pharos Energy (previously Soco International)

Novatek

Offshore Drilling Holding S.A.

Sinopec

SOCAR

Technip

Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Chrysaor

ENI

Edison

DNO

Basrah Gas

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's 'exceptional' team is active in the most significant and complex renewables transactions involving financings and M&A in the UK and further afield, with notable expertise in Africa-based projects. Nuclear energy is a core area of strength, with John Wilkins and David Metzger working for Horizon Nuclear Power on all the planning, highway and environmental aspects of the development of a new generation of nuclear power facilities in the UK. Russell Wells is global head of the energy and resources practice, and is 'one of the best sponsor counsel practitioners working in the power sector'. Jeremy Connick, James Pay and Michael Pearson, who is experienced in smart meter and waste-to-energy matters, are also highly recommended.

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‘Standout team on the African continent for power project finance. Incredible depth of industry knowledge. Very commercial. Exceptional.’

‘Russell Wells one of the best sponsor counsel practitioners working in the power sector.’

Key clients

Shell

Actis LLP

ENGIE

Total

Orsted

Statoil

IFC

EBRD

Property finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is ‘best in class for complex and cross-border deals’, where ‘the team’s intellectual horsepower and weight of bodies ensure deals get over the line in the most practical way’. Practice head Andrew Carnegie is ‘the standout heavyweight in this sector’, advising leading banks on senior and mezzanine loan financings. Jane Cheong Tung Sing has a similar focus on senior and mezzanine financings, often within a pan-European framework. European work is also a core strength of Barry O’Shea, who advises traditional lenders as well as specialists in pan-European real estate investment. Emma Matebalavu is also an expert in senior and mezzanine financings, with an additional focus on the CMBS and RMBS markets. Acquisition finance specialist Alistair McGillivray is also recommended. Director Claire Fawcett and senior associate Laura Smallcombe are two particular standouts at non-partner level.

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Testimonials

‘A strong cross-border and European practice. CC are the firm we always use when we are going into a new jurisdiction.’

‘Alistair McGillivray is super bright, and great in special situations/non-standard work.’

‘Barry O’Shea is a total professional – very clear, easy to deal with and generally provides a slick service.’

‘Barry O’Shea is my go-to partner. The full team trusts him implicitly and values his experience and judgement. Great attitude, never met an opposing lawyer that Barry couldn’t get along with to get the deal done smoothly, and in fact many competitors speak very highly of him.’

‘A friendly and commercially aware team that provide excellent service in all respects for complex and challenging transactions.’

‘Barry O’Shea can be relied upon to work constructively and with a commercial focus on all types of complex transactions, no matter how challenging the circumstances.’

‘Best in class for complex and cross-border deals where the team’s intellectual horsepower and weight of bodies ensure deals get over the line in the most practical way.’

‘Andrew Carnegie is peerless. Andrew has been the standout heavyweight in this sector for more than 20 years. No one has been so consistently the dominant force, at the top of their game, as Andrew has for so long. He has been the ever-present market leader.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Patrizia

Apollo

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Blackstone

HSBC

Metlife

M&G

Rail Tier 1

The 'dynamic team' at Clifford Chance LLP acts for investors, operators, manufacturers, and suppliers on a range of matters from complex transactions to franchising. The practice has played a key role on a number of major developments in UK rail infrastructure, successfully advising Rock Rail and Aberdeen Standard Investments on rolling stock procurements. Paul Carrington, who leads the practice, specialises in sales, leasing, and financing, as well as structured finance and corporate restructuring, working with partners including asset finance specialist Ranbir Hunjan. Well-regarded senior associate Dominic Watts focuses on rail financing and leasing.

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Dynamic team that gives full confidence to the client. Dominic Watts is an excellent lawyer.

Key clients

LGIM

Network Rail

Rock Rail

Aviva

Hitachi

The Royal Bank of Scotland

SMBC

ING

Lombard

EQT Infrastructure

Akiem Group

Equitix

Real estate funds Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is a powerhouse in the real estate funds space, and the group is a key part of the wider private funds practice. Nigel Hatfield heads up the team, which has an outstanding track record acting for UK, European and  global fund managers; it also generates investor-side mandates. Leveraging the resources of the firm's global network, the London group delivers a full service to clients across the entire lifecycle of real estate funds. A recent highlight involved Gerard SaviolaAlexander Chester (who was promoted to partner in 2019) and senior associate Ian Ferguson acting for ICG-Longbow on the £1bn launch of its flagship fund ICG-Longbow UK Real Estate Debt Investments V. In another matter, Chester is advising Patrizia on the €1bn fundraising of its Living Cities residential fund. Senior associates Jonathan Bray and Lily Marcel are also recommended.

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‘The fund formation team we worked with, led by Gerard Saviola, has been very helpful in getting our real estate fund off to a great start with great advice, practical solutions to structuring challenges. All in all, we have been very pleased with their services.’

‘Gerard Saviola is unparalleled! Smart, creative, quick thinking, accommodating. He is very good to have on side. Patrick Meniru is very quick and extremely responsive. Together, he and Gerard have been supportive legal advisers.’

‘A cohesive, thoughtful, and proactive team, with a deep knowledge of the space they operate in. A healthy bench of lawyers who are able to pick up work without clients feeling like they are fighting for partner time and attention, but with the confidence that the work is thorough, considered, high quality and being overseen properly at a senior level.’

‘Gerard Saviola strikes the perfect balance of visibility and access so that we feel supported at partner level, but without dominating the conversation or making us feel that our fees are top heavy. His insight, oversight and creativity is clear in the communication we receive through his team, and him directly, and his ability to connect clients with the right people and areas of the wider business to ensure we have a rounded view of things is second to none.’

Key clients

AEW

DRC Capital

ICG-Longbow

M&G Investments

PATRIZIA

Nuveen Real Estate

Intriva

Aventicum Capital Management

Securitisation Tier 1

'They are thought leaders delivering exceptional client service and market coverage', say clients of the securitisation practice at Clifford Chance LLP, praising the firm's 'sheer capacity, the delivery and the ability to solve problems and get transactions over the line'. It has one of the largest structured finance, securitisation and derivatives practices of any global law firm and its work spans the entire spectrum of asset classes. Alongside traditional asset classes, the practice structures and executes a growing number of transactions involving the fintech market including the first European securitisation by Funding Circle and its first public securitisation in the UK. It has a team that is recognised for its expertise in innovative securitisation techniques, European portfolio disposal work including NPLs, and a range of asset-backed financing, multi-jurisdictional receivables financing, loan on loan deals, CMBS and repacks of commercial real estate assets. Its client base is equally diverse, covering sponsors, issuers and originators, arrangers and dealers, trustees, swap providers, servicers, governments, regulators and rating agencies. Kevin Ingram, who is on the Executive Committee of the Securitisation Division of AFME, leads the practice. Among the other key partners are Christopher Walsh, real estate finance partner Emma Matebalavu, structured debt partner Maggie Zhao, developing markets specialist Simeon Radcliff and Andrew Forryan who handles whole business, mortgage and real estate securitisations. Stephen Curtis moved to Latham & Watkins.

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‘They are thought leaders delivering exceptional client service and market coverage.’

‘We appreciate the sheer capacity, the delivery and the ability to solve problems and get transactions over the line.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Goldman Sachs

Apollo

HSBC

Natixis

Barclays

Elliott

Clydesdale Bank

Citi

TMT Tier 1

The 'strength in depth’ of Clifford Chance LLP makes the firm ‘hard to beat for efficiency in executing cross-border, multi-territory TMT transactions'. The practice has particular expertise in digital infrastructure, data security, competition and antitrust matters. André Duminy leads the team and focuses on complex commercial transactions. Other key names in the area are Jonathan Kewley, who is known for tech ethics, data, AI, cyber security and blockchain regulation advice; Jenine Hulsmann, who has experience in competition law and regulation; and Jennifer Mbaluto, who specialises in M&A and commercial transactions in the TMT sector.

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‘Jennifer Mbaluto is a committed, tenacious and commercially astute operator with a good grasp of the relevant issues’

Key clients

Cellnex

Inmarsat

CDC Group

Tele2

Infracapital

Comcast

BT / EE

Sky

Fujitsu

Imagination Technologies

Block.one

WEX, Inc.

Mastercard

Panasonic

HQLAx

Citi

Booking.com

Permira

Comcast / NBC Universal

News Group

Transport finance and leasing Tier 1

Praised for its ability to effectively 'anticipate issues', Clifford Chance LLP provides 'high-quality work' to a roster of stakeholders, including banks, funds, lessors, operators and export credit agencies. Led by the 'very well-respectedWilliam Glaister, the team is best known for its work in the aviation space, where its ability to combine industry knowledge with 'great expertise' across banking, capital markets and restructuring, ensures that participants are well served across the spectrum of financing activity. Ranbir Hunjan 'combines exceptional lawyering skills with excellent commercial instincts', enabling him to provide a 'very strong service' to lenders on complex financings of commercial aircraft. 'Extremely strong' senior associate Richard Evans is also well regarded for his work in the aviation sector. Oliver Hipperson, who 'understands the value of a relationship as opposed to being transaction-specific only', is active across both maritime and aviation sectors (including in relation to secondary debt trading).

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‘Great expertise.’

‘The Clifford Chance Asset Finance team has a unique range of highly skilled, commercially aware and hard working associates headed by an exceptional aviation finance partner.’

‘Quality of work is high and they have great experience to anticipate issues.’

‘Oliver Hipperson – strong communication, understands the value of a relationship as opposed to being transaction-specific only. I feel confident when they are engaged that they will deliver.’

Key clients

GE Capital Aviation Services

Investec

SMBC Aviation Capital

Deutsche Bank

Avolon

Maersk

HSBC

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Rock Rail

GTLK

VAT and indirect tax Tier 1

The 'pragmatic' team at Clifford Chance LLP primarily focuses on VAT and SDLT, and has strong expertise in real estate, e-commerce, funds and finance taxation. The group is led by David Saleh, who clients praise for 'experience across transactions, HMRC interactions and tax litigation really does stand out on the most complex issues'. Director Simon Corzberg has built a VAT practice spanning all industries and sectors, while Edward Page is noted for supporting Saleh on real estate transactions.

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The team have brought the various areas of expertise required, across multiple jurisdictions, together and made it (almost) painless for us as clients. They have been pragmatic in their approach to problem-solving but also technically strong. They try hard to work well with other law firms who are acting “on the other side”

Strength in-depth, quality insightful and commercially relevant advice first time.’

They have been very proactive, communicated well with us and were keen to also take on board ideas we might have. We have built up a high degree of trust with the individuals.’

David Saleh’s experience across transactions, HMRC interactions and tax litigation really does stand out on the most complex issues.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

PATRIZIA

Stanhope Plc

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and CBRE Global Investors

Nuveen

Hillwood Investment Properties

Mitsui Fudosan (UK) Limited

Bank of Scotland

Citibank

Union National Bank

Competition litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's strong competition litigation offering is complemented by its ability to provide support in related areas, such as regulatory investigations, public law and criminal law. Elizabeth Morony heads the global antitrust litigation group, which sees the London team work closely with practitioners located elsewhere worldwide in multijurisdictional antitrust proceedings and global investigations. Luke Tolaini has been particularly active in the pharmaceuticals sector recently, where he acts for clients such as Pfizer, Xellia and Alpharma. Elsewhere, the team is active in high-profile investigations and follow-on litigation in the financial services industry. Senior associate Ben Jasper is 'clearly destined for big things in competition ligation'.

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Efficient and reliable team running high profile cases.’

‘Elizabeth Morony is, in my view, the stand-out partner in the team. Widely admired for her legal and strategic skills, she particularly stands out in my view for her impeccable judgment. In all the many cases we have litigated together, she is careful to take account of the wider strategic and commercial issues arising as well as the legal merits of the case. Her measured approach serves clients extremely well and assures them of advice which is of the utmost practical value.’

Clifford Chance are, in my view, the leading competition litigation practice in London. They have been involved in all major follow-on damages matters in London and, uniquely in my view, all of the leading non-cartel cases, notably of course Phenytoin (where they won again for Pfizer in the Court of Appeal), Paroxetine (which was referred to the CJEU), and Phones4U (acting for EE).’

‘Luke Tolaini is one of the savviest competition litigators in London, using a broad litigation practice spanning white-collar and commercial matters to great strategic and tactical effect in competition litigation. He has extraordinary judgement and does not waste a word. A man for the unwinnable case. He is assisted by Ben Jasper, who is a partner in all but name, and is clearly destined for big things in competition ligation.’

Very strong and seasoned litigators with tonnes of talent right through from top partners to junior associates. A great choice for big-ticket litigation.’

‘Jeremy Kosky is a highly experienced litigator and superb tactician who knows exactly how to run big-ticket litigation. Sam Ward is a very shrewd litigator who is a great team leader. Nicole Buncher is a highly clever and pragmatic future partner. Charles Joseph is  junior associate who will go far.’

Key clients

Pfizer Inc. / Pfizer Ltd.

Xellia / Alpharma LLC

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has an 'extremely bright and commercially astute' team with a wide-ranging practice, advising on real estate development and urban regeneration, both conventional and renewable energy, as well as social infrastructure matters. The 'outstanding and commercial' David Metzger leads the team; his experience has a particular focus on energy and transport and he also acts as co-head of the team's nuclear energy sector group. Marianne Toghill and Sandy Hall are recognised for their work in urban regeneration and infrastructure projects. Newly promoted partner Edward Bretherton has a track record of work on projects across Africa and Latin America.

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Testimonials

‘The team is really a team and not a group of individuals. When I ask a question to one of the team who is not dealing with the issue, it always comes back via the right person instead of getting lost. Also, replies of different team members are in line with each other and have the same style, which is pleasant.’

‘Extremely bright and commercially astute – more so than most top firms.’

‘Every individual I have worked with at CC is easy to approach and very friendly. However, when it comes to the workload it is done fast and efficient. To me this combination is perfect.’

‘David Metzger is outstanding, bright, commercial and a deal-doer.’

Key clients

Battersea Project Land Company Limited

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)

Deloitte Digital

Native Land

Electricite de France (EDF)

GE

KNPC

Neoen SAS

Country Garden

JTRE

AIG

Helical plc

Wells Fargo

HSBC

EdF Renewables

Iberdrola

Baikal Mining Group

Globeleq

Gunvor Petroleum

Emerging markets Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has a long-standing presence in emerging markets, both through its international office network and the core strengths of its London office. The firm has a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together experts in banking, project finance, commodity and trade finance, structured finance, securitisation, derivates, and debt and equity capital markets. It has a dedicated Africa group, a strong focus on India and significant involvement in deals in Latin America. Alongside its Moscow office, the London group also has a significant role in matters in the CIS, Russia and CEE. Turkey and Southeastern Europe are also a key focus. Leonard Cleland advises governments, lenders and borrowers on commodities and trade finance, margin lending, loan participation notes, sovereign loans, commercial loans and ECA and multilateral lending institution-backed financings. David Dunnigan is the lead partner on debt capital markets transactions. Jeremy Connick is regional head for Southern Africa and a key partner in the energy and infrastructure practice.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Amsterdam Trade Bank

BNP Paribas Fortis

Goldman Sachs

KBC

Credit Suisse

Africell Holding Limited

Gemcorp Capital LLP

Citigroup

Standard Chartered Bank

JP Morgan

Rand Merchant Bank

Standard Bank

UniCredit Bank

Morgan Stanley

HSBC

Emirates NBD Capital

Samba Capital

Warba Bank

Mashreqbank psc

PJSC Phosagro

Investec

CI Capital

Early Power Limited

Genser Energy Ghana Limited

CDC Group plc

Employers Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's employment department has a standout capability handling the employment aspects of major transactions, including complex, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, outsourcings and restructurings. The team is also experienced in litigation, investigations and key advisory matters at board level, including the appointment and termination of senior executives, corporate governance issues and restrictive covenants. Another area of expertise is in advising clients in the private equity and funds sectors. Team head Mike Crossan has recently advised on a number of challenging transactions. Other key team members include Alistair Woodland and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, co-chair of the firm's London BAME network, who has recently advised on a number of major mandates. Chris Goodwill now works as at the firm as a part time consultant, while also acting as a consultant at Keystone Law.

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BlackRock

MasterCard

L&G

Jupiter Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Pfizer

Provident Financial

Swiss Re

Tyson Foods

Vanguard Asset Management

EU and competition Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's  ‘very commercial and pragmatic team' remains one of the most active players in the merger control space, leveraging its global strength to advise on international matters. Investigations conducted by the authorities in the UK and the EU are also strengths for the group. Department head Greg Olsen is a preferred adviser for work in the financial services, consumer goods, retail and media sectors. In the regulatory space, the team benefits from the experience of Nelson Jung, who previously served as director of the Competition and Markets Authority’s Mergers Group. Jenine Hulsmann is regularly instructed by clients active in the energy, infrastructure and TMT sectors. Alex Nourry is also highly recommended.

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Very experienced lawyers. Fantastic client care and service.

Clifford Chance’s competition team has extensive knowledge on all topics involving UK and European competition law. As an in-house counsel, I need to know that my outside counsel can provide me with quick and practical advice, which I can easily take to the company for implementation; I can rely on the team to provide me with that quick support, which is invaluable. In particular, the team has extensive experience when it comes to merger review cases across multiple jurisdictions, investigations and e-commerce matters.

The group has a very commercial and pragmatic attitude and understands our business well.

The team is top-notch; it includes world-class experts who are great to work with.

Nelson Jung is the best antitrust lawyer we work with globally. He has a very good understanding of the law and of global trends and is pleasant to work with. In light of his past experience, it is particularly valuable that he has worked on both sides of the table.

Greg Olsen is one of our go-to partners for antitrust advice in the context of mergers and investigations. Greg provides practical and efficient advice. He understands our company and our strategy and works well with both in-house counsel and businessmen. He is a great advocate for our company.

Greg Olsen is an excellent antitrust expert; beyond that, he understands the problems that in-house counsel and companies can face. This is reflected in his advice which is always clear and easily applied to an in-house environment. He is always available when needed, which is of great comfort.

‘Jenine Hulsmann is also an extremely impressive individual, and, uniquely, combines a first-tier practice in contentious and non-contentious competition law work. She is acting for defendants in at least half a dozen contentious matters before the CMA. Her sectoral knowledge of litigation in areas such as pharma and telecoms is second to none. She is ably assisted by first-tier associates like Chris Chapman, who is already operating at partner level.’

Key clients

Comcast / NBCUniversal

Delivery Hero

EE / BT

Inmarsat

MasterCard

Pfizer

Tele2

Mondelez International

CVC

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's fraud practice focuses on overseas asset recovery, corruption and an array of other disputes in the field.  Matthew Scully, who is noted for his 'calm and responsible presence', has over 17 years of experience in fraud disputes and asset recovery litigation that often involve multinational corporates. Roger Best's expertise includes acting for clients in investigations and disputes regarding corruption and money laundering. Kelwin Nicholls currently leads the team defending Michael Lynch (founder of Autonomy) in high-value M&A disputes involving alleged fraud, which includes parallel proceedings in the US. Claire Freeman is active in commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters involving fraud.

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‘Top-class firm-wide expertise in all areas of law. Always sensible.’

‘Top quality, and getting much of the biggest work around.’

Key clients

Michael Lynch, Founder of Autonomy

Citi

Panasonic

High yield Tier 2

'The firm shows consistent performance on both loans and bonds’, notes a client of Clifford Chance LLP. Another remarks that the firm has 'a small but professional team that is hardworking and generally keen to impress’. Focusing on complex and often innovative transactions, the high-yield practice handles many M&A-related financings, usually for private equity houses. It also deals with high-value debt refinancings, such as its work for banks on the $1.3bn high-yield issuance by IHS in Nigeria in what was one of the most significant African deals in recent years. Half of the firm's London US law group is now dedicated to high-yield work across Europe and emerging markets. Their work includes infrastructure-related bonds, as well as cross-over and hybrid credits that attract both high-yield and investment grade investors. 'Approachable and commercial’ partner Michael Dakin leads the practice, in which Andrew Kelly is a key player.

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‘Michael Dakin is very approachable and commercial.’

‘The firm shows consistent performance on both loans and bonds.’

‘The team positions itself as issuer’s counsel. It is a small but professional team that is hardworking and generally keen to impress.’

‘Michael Dakin is hardworking with a charismatic personality and is a good team leader.’

Key clients

TDC

OCI N.V.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank

Merrill Lynch International

EQT

Maxima Grupe UAB

Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

At Clifford Chance LLP, the hotels and leisure industry group has extensive expertise in hospitality-related transactions and financing projects. The cross-border client portfolio includes leading names in the industry such as Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Corinthia Hotels, with repeat work coming in year after year. In the corporate occupier space, co-head Sarah Thomas  (who leads the team alongside real estate finance partner Andrew Carnegie ) is the key name to note advising owners, occupiers, and operators on a range of issues pertaining to investment, whilst Mark Payne specialises in commercial real estate transactions. On the development side, Ian Painter advises domestic and foreign investors and sovereign wealth funds on investment and infrastructure projects. The team also includes Alis Pay , who led the €1.1bn pan-European deal for American investment group; NorthStar.  The group saw one departure, with structured finance and securitisation partner Steve Curtis leaving for Latham & Watkins.

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‘The team is very responsive and is able to leverage effectively on the multi-disciplinary strength of the firm in complex situations.’

‘Sarah Thomas has been an outstanding professional who is able to get to the crux of the issues and explain them in an easy to understand language.’

Key clients

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited

Corinthia Hotels

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

CK Assets

KIRKBI

Morgan Stanley

Sadler’s Wells Foundation Limited

Wagamama Group Limited

Onex Corporation

JTRE

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

Led by Philip Hill, Clifford Chance LLP's department represents policyholders in claims under warranty and indemnity, title, credit, and directors and officers insurance policies. Hill has 25 years’ experience in representing policyholders, often acting in cross-jurisdictional disputes, and is praised by clients as 'very experienced and a steady hand at the tiller'. Senior associate Christopher Ingham is another key contact and handles disputes involving clients across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; he 'will leave no stone unturned in finding the best case strategy'.

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‘Excellent legal knowledge and application on behalf of clients. This is one of the best firms for policyholders.’

‘Philip Hill is very experienced and a steady hand at the tiller. Christopher Ingham is hugely engaged. The quality of associates within the team is consistently very high.’

‘Philip Hill has a big brain but is practical with it. Chris Ingham will leave no stone unturned in finding the best case strategy.’

‘Philip Hill (partner): probably the cleverest insurance solicitor in the London market, and a top choice for any really complex case.’

‘Chris Ingham and Philip Hill are always available for quick and qualified assistance when needed. You can be sure to get qualified discussions on how to best solve an issue and they are also responsive to our point of view and our needs.’

‘Solid industry knowledge of a highly regulated sector.’

Key clients

HSBC

ITV

AXA

Credit Suisse

Royal Bank of Canada

SMBC

Barclays

The Carlyle Group

General Electric

Deutsche Bank

International arbitration Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP is 'a firm to consider when larger cases require the ability to throw personnel at a matter'. It is widely respected for its representation of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions in complex, high-value commercial arbitrations. As part of a global full-service firm, the UK arbitration team works closely with the firm's experienced corporate and finance practices. Global co-head of international arbitration Audley Sheppard QC is the LCIA board's chair; Rob Lambert is a specialist in energy, infrastructure, defence and telecoms-related disputes; and Alex Panayides heads up the firm's global dispute resolution practice for the oil and gas and construction sectors. Other experienced partners include Marie Berard, whose work spans the energy, oil and gas, construction and finance industries; and Jessica Gladstone, who has 12 years' international arbitration experience. At senior associate level, names to note include Christina Schuetz and Sachin Trikha, along with Eraldo d’Atri and Anna Kirkpatrick.

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‘The team is very reliable, result-oriented and supportive in strategic decisions relating directly or indirectly to the case they are handling. They are really at the top. In terms of technical knowledge and expertise, they are really outstanding. We feel we are receiving the best possible representation.’

‘Robert Lambert is an absolutely brilliant lawyer. Obviously, Rob is extremely experienced and one of the best professionals with whom we had the pleasure to work on arbitration cases.’

‘Alexandros Panayides is an outstanding professional virtuoso demonstrating extremely high skills of thinking very much outside the box and coming up with creative solutions and defences. Alexandros’ strategic instincts are always well pitched and well judged.’

‘Audley Sheppard QC is one of the top names in international arbitration. He has a fantastic ability to read the tribunal and ensures that the points hit home.’

‘Marie Berard is a superb lawyer and is a major player in the arbitration world. She has been involved in some massive cases and is unflappable.’

‘Christina Schuetz has made a real impact as a senior associate and her capacity to work all hours is unparalleled.’

‘Rob Lambert (partner): He’s the person you want leading team when you’re facing the biggest and the toughest of arbitration fights. He’s extremely clever, a really tough advocate, a great team leader, tactically astute, and respected by Tribunals. Super-league.’

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Specialising in digital infrastructure, data and cybersecurity work, Clifford Chance LLP has broad experience in the IT and telecoms fields, which enables it to handle innovative matters and new trends in the market. André Duminy leads the practice and focuses on commercial transactions, complex technology projects and outsourcing arrangements. Also notable is Jennifer Mbaluto, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and specialises in M&A and commercial transactions in the telecoms, media and technology sectors, particularly in Africa and other emerging markets.

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‘Their sector knowledge was first rate and allowed us to diligence the deal effectively.’

‘Jennifer Mbaluto provides sector knowledge on TMT.’

Key clients

Cellnex

Inmarsat

CDC Group

Tele2

Infracapital

Comcast

BT / EE

Sky

Fujitsu

Imagination Technologies

Block.one

WEX, Inc.

Mastercard

Panasonic

HQLAx

Citi

Booking.com

Permira

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's large UK M&A team has won roles on strategically important, high profile mandates, such as Pfizer's formation of a consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline. Consistently retained as lead international counsel on cross-border mandates, the team has a diverse client base that includes a number of FTSE100 and Fortune 500 listed corporations. The practice's commitment to using tech to improve client service has been demonstrated by the increased use of Best Delivery hubs, which aid transaction management through project management, IT and pricing tools.  Melissa Fogarty co-heads the corporate practice alongside Nigel Wellings and is an experienced hand on cross-border deals. Other key names in the team include Tim Lewis and David Pudge, as well as Steven FoxGuy Norman leads the global corporate group.  

Testimonials

Each partner put us as a client and Clifford Chance as a firm first; egos did not interfere with the exemplary service provided. In other firms personalities sometimes  surpass the greater common good’

Expert knowledge, wise counsel and low egos.

Ability to deploy market leading experts in all areas at short notice. Clients can draw comfort from their depth of knowledge and experience and insight into market practice.

David Pudge and his team are excellent. All have fantastic knowledge and experience, remain calm under pressure and are a real source of reassurance.’

The team demonstrates an excellent blend of technical legal knowledge and commercial pragmatism/understanding.  This is really crucial when it comes to getting a deal done efficiently whilst also best protecting the client’s position’

David Pudge’s experience is unparalleled and he expertly helps lead a transaction from beginning to end, providing sensible and valued input on commercial points as well as legal ones.  He is very adept in negotiation scenarios and also when dealing with boards/senior management’

‘Joel Ziff is highly commercial, responsive and understands our business and approach to transactions. He is our go-to partner for M&A transactions in the aviation space.’

Key clients

Cellnex

Chrysaor

easyJet

Inmarsat

Legal & General

MasterCard

Network Rail

Pfizer

Provident Financial plc

Unilever

Mining and minerals Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has a well-established mining and minerals practice with a strong global presence, advising clients in the world’s leading mining jurisdictions including China, Peru and Brazil. The group has notable expertise in advising investors and lenders in relation to sanctions and regulatory matters. Other areas of strength include advising debtors, creditors and other stakeholders on restructuring distressed debt in the mining and minerals sector. The firm acts for a strong client base with leading names including Glencore, Vale and Eramet. David Lewis has a strong background in M&A and joint ventures, and James Pay is experienced in mining finance transactions.

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‘Sector experience, huge transactional knowledge.’

Key clients

Antofagasta

Eramet

Kingsgate Consolidated

EVRAZ

GFG Alliance

Glencore

Guinea Bauxite Company

Arrowhead Resources

Vale

VTB Capital

Pacific Wildcat Resources

Bahrain Steel

Baikal Mining Company

GemCorp Capital LLP

Tantalum International Limited

Churchill Mining

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Representing major clients such as Swiss Re and Legal & General, Clifford Chance LLP handles a substantial range of heavyweight pensions work. Recent highlights have included Clare Hoxey's work on the pensions aspects of the multibillion-pound take private of Merlin Entertainment, Sarah McAleer's leading role for Legal & General on the £4.4bn Airways Pension Scheme buy-in, and London practice head's Hywel Robinson's advice to Melrose on the four-way split and deficit reduction arrangements for the GKN pension scheme. The team is recognised for its 'wide-ranging expertise' and delivering 'excellent value for money', and has strong connections in the industry, evidenced by Robinson's appointment as chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL) and Hoxey and McAleer's positions on APL sub-committees.

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My positive experience of Clifford Chance is based on access to high quality advice that is focused well beyond legal and regulatory requirements, addresses the commercial aspects of issues, is pragmatic and delivered (if necessary) to very tight deadlines. Clifford Chance deliver excellent value for money; particularly in difficult and challenging situations. I have not encountered a similar quality of service from other firms‘.

The team is extremely knowledgeable on pensions matters and have a long history with our scheme, so can translate that knowledge into scheme-specific advice. They are highly responsive and give clear advice. Further, they make considerable efforts and take time to ensure that as clients, we fully understand any legal issues. It is very reassuring to have access to such high calibre lawyers; particularly when they are happy to take time to answer some fairly basic questions.

Very responsive. Wide-ranging expertise. Get up to speed far quicker than other firms we have worked with‘.

Strong technical capabilities combined with good attention to detail‘.

I consider it a huge asset to have Hywel Robinson on my team rather than on the other side of the table‘.

Clare Hoxey is incredibly knowledgeable in her field, but has a wider knowledge of other areas of the law (general employment, corporate and banking) as well as a broader skillset of understanding commercial issues and challenges that businesses face‘.

Clare Hoxey is a truly standout partner. In the work we have completed together she has shown the ability to create innovative commercial solutions to complex problems. Without her unique qualities I doubt we would have been able to reach this stage‘.

‘Clare Hoxey and Rebecca Trapp have provided excellent service over the past year. I have greatly valued their clear, reasoned advice. Both are highly responsive and it has been a pleasure working with them.’

Key clients

CKA

Legal & General

Trustee of the Dairy Crest Group Pension Fund

Babcock International Group PLC

Melrose

Swiss Re

Trustee of a significant pensions scheme within the telecommunications sector

Fosun

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's longstanding links with a number of well-known buyout houses and funds enable it to continue securing roles on high profile mandates. The magic circle firm advises across all areas of PE transactions from buyouts, exits and public-to-private mandates to growth capital and emerging markets investments and secondaries matters.  The firm's broad expertise mean it is also able to advise clients on other related areas, such as debt finance.  Jonny Myers heads up the global PE team, and is highly experienced in the space, advising major relationship clients such as CVC, Cinven, and BC Partners. Spencer Baylin works with funds and corporates on strategic transactions, and has a particular focus on the African market. Simon Tinkler led on one of the largest take-privates of recent years, the acquisition of Merlin Entertainments.  Christopher Sullivan meanwhile advises on cross-border transactions, GP-led secondaries, and management equity deals.

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‘They completely understood our strategic objectives and were able to negotiate and guide us through the deal with clarity and confidence. They were a pleasure to work with’

‘Simon Tinkler  is always available and understands our business and key objectives’

‘Shimin Lee delivered 100% and is extremely hard working’ 

Well informed about the flow of business and the legal consequences. As such, they can act as more than  mere transaction counsel in their thoughtful assessments’

Key clients

Actis

Blackstone

CDC

CD&R

Cinven

CVC Capital Partners

EQT

KKR

Partners Group

Permira

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's private funds team works across the full range of matters and fund structures, encompassing private equity, credit and debt, and infrastructure funds, with the team advising major asset managers and PE houses on high-profile fund formations, raisings, and launches. The practice benefits from integrated tax and regulatory expertise across multiple jurisdictions, including Luxembourg and and Singapore. Practice head Nigel Hatfield acts consistently for fund sponsors and investors on the formation and operation of a variety of fund types, while the 'unparalleled' Gerard Saviola advises institutional and boutique fund managers across Europe and Africa. Alexandra Davidson is noted for her work on complex and bespoke fund structures and secondary transactions, while newly-promoted partner Alexander Chester has a growing practice acting for major sponsors and institutional investors. At senior associate level, Jonathan Bray specialises in debt and credit strategies, and Lily Marcel focuses on private equity and infrastructure fundraising.

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The Fund Formation team is extremely knowledgeable – knowing what is market and what is not, and able to steer their client in the right direction. Many times, they have saved us from getting into trouble!

Gerard Saviola is unparalleled. Available, creative, affable. Very good to have on your side!

The team has good depth and breadth of experience and the resources to handle multiple matters at any one time. They have a well balanced team (partners, senior and junior associates) all of whom combine good technical skills with market knowledge and insights

Patrick Meniru is an outstanding associate, who operates at a level beyond his actual years of experience. Calm and measured in the advice he gives, knowledgeable, instils confidence in his clients, all round a pleasure to deal with. Gerard Saviola manages his team superbly. He is technically very good, has his finger on the pulse, knows his stuff and again a pleasure to deal with.

An efficient and safe pair of hands that handle every aspect of the fund formation process in the most professional way. A true partner in our process with a very broad team and deeply knowledgeable.

Nigel Hatfield has the experience, knowledge and personality to not only make our fund formation a success but also an enjoyable ride. Nigel possesses exceptional negotiation skills which have secured us better terms on many different areas in the limited partnership agreement. He is supported by an excellent team of professionals where Julia Lee in particular deserves a mentioning.

Alexandra Davidson is an outstanding lawyer – definitely someone you want on your team. She is fully committed, smart, commercial and very personable. She really understands her clients and it’s always an absolute pleasure working with her. Alex Chester is hugely bright and capable.

Reliable, dependable, calm in a crisis, unflappable, creative and punchy enough but not glory hunters. They really fit our style of working and give us really good advice underpinned by huge amounts of conviction and experience. The team is well balanced and includes some reassuringly grey hair as well as some youthful enthusiasm. As one would expect, the intellectual quality of young associates and trainees, even when they have limited PE experience, is high.

 

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Bridgepoint

DWS Private Equity

Allianz Global Investors

Capital Dynamics

Infracapital

Generation Investment Management

Equistone

Stirling Square Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard Investment

Epiris

DWS Infrastructure

Apis

Axcel

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

SMBC Aviation Capital

Public international law Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP has a longstanding reputation for international investment arbitration proceedings, as well as matters involving politically sensitive PIL issues. The principal advisers are Audley Sheppard QC, who was elected to the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration in 2020; and Rae Lindsay, who is an international law, economic sanctions, and business and human rights specialist. Jessica Gladstone is also highly regarded.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP is well regarded for its regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and corporate crime expertise. It handles multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigations for large corporates and institutions. The team is supported by in-house specialist accountants and financial analysts, who assist with retrieving, managing, analysing, and presenting financial information and issues. Head of practice Luke Tolaini handles bribery, corruption and fraud investigations, and is noted for his experience in energy and  commodities matters in developing countries. Roger Best, who has 'decades of experience', is recommended for his experience advising sovereign wealth funds on multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations relating to corruption and money laundering. Zoe Osborne left for Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

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‘A market-leading firm with demonstrable experience in representing corporates in DPA negotiations and corporate tax matters’.

‘Luke Tolaini is a modest but quietly effective presence, he is measured and sensible’.

‘You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team’.

‘Luke Tolaini is one of the very best’.

‘The firm has a great deal of experience of advising corporates and understands their perspective’.

‘When a regulatory or corporate crime case happens which affects one of their clients, the firm is able to draw on a number of partners with relevant experience’.

‘Roger Best is highly regarded’.

‘Luke Tolaini has many years’ experience of high-level of SFO cases’.

Key clients

Serco Group Plc

Credit Suisse

An international energy group

An international commodities trading company

A FTSE 250 company

A financial institution

A major UK-based international bank

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP's group is praised for its 'incredible knowledge, great team work, high intelligence and hard work'. Team members regularly handle non-contentious issues, giving them insight they can use in disputes. Clients include major banks and corporates and the work often has a cross-border element, drawing on the firm's international reach. Dan Neidle is an expert in tax affecting financial institutions, and he has expertise in transfer pricing, VAT and bank levy liability disputes. David Saleh is a real estate tax specialist, although his practice encompasses other corporates and financial institutions, and he has an impressive track record in SDLT disputes. David Harkness is another name to note for UK and international disputes.

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Incredible knowledge, great team work, high intelligence and hard work.’

The team has been pro-active.’

Dan Neidle is outstanding. he has a very fine mind and attention to detail. No stone is left unturned. he also has extremely good client care skills.’

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP's practice is active on disputes relating to infrastructure, energy, oil and gas in the construction sphere. David Metzger is the global head of the magic circle firm's international construction group.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP's practice is led by Jonathan Kewley, who has a specialism in acting for businesses with a focus on the technology, data and IP sectors; Kewley has also advised companies and governmental organisations on data protection and cybersecurity issues. Samantha Ward acts on the contentious side handling regulatory investigations, enforcement matters and cyber incident response programs; her clients include corporations and financial institutions. Kate Scott is noted for advising on data scraping issues, AI exposures and facial recognition technology.

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News Group Newspapers

Mastercard

Planning Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP's planning team handles some of the City's most significant regeneration projects, including sites at Wood Wharf and North Quay for the Canary Wharf Group. The practice advises on a diverse range of planning cases including the country's biggest DCOs, judicial reviews, and all planning aspects of financing, acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Nigel Howorth has significant expertise and experience in London's large-scale regeneration projects as well as leading on major energy-related work, most notably Horizon Nuclear Power's new build programme.

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‘High level professionalism and knowledge with great insights into the issues at hand. We always get a swift response to our questions and it’s a pleasure dealing with the team.’

‘Nigel Howorth has huge knowledge and experience with great intuition when analysing the questions at hand. He is a great strategist and together we have a very successful track record.’

‘A small, but really high quality planning team that really delivers.’

‘Nigel Howorth is a really smart senior planning partner who is very client-focused.’

‘Liz Hardacre is really good on all aspects of planning law.’

‘Excellent knowledge combined with an ability to understand and assess commercial drivers and provide practical and risk-weighted advice taking account of the multiple issues faced by large infrastructure projects. The team is high performing and well-motivated, but without losing the identity or personality of the individuals – all in all, they are a pleasure to work with on both a professional and personal level.’

They are able to provide prompt relevant advice; taking account of non-legal factors, and communicate assessments and outcomes in an appropriate manner to a varied audience. Over the years they have become an integral part of our development team – at particularly busy times, they have located team members near our offices to enable optimal working arrangements.’

‘Anneke Theelen is a first-class port of call assessing the salient points and  organising strategy. She responds to key questions promptly and efficiently and is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Katie Kempthorne – an outstanding senior associate who is knowledgeable, tireless and a pleasure to work with.’

Anneke Theelen is a really good and hardworking associate.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group

Helical Plc

Horizon Nuclear Power

Legal & General

Blackstone

CBRE Global Investors

Nuveen

TIAA Henderson Real Estate

AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE)

AshbyCapital

Property litigation Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP has a particular strength in property-related contract disputes, which are a notable area of specialism for team head Ben Hatton. In addition to representing clients in court proceedings, he is also a key contact for advice on litigation avoidance. Elsewhere, the firm's other noteworthy work covers vacant possessions, trespass actions, title disputes, easement disputes, covenant disputes and property-related insolvency matters. Clients include management companies, high-net-worth individuals, property developers, investors and creditors.

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Good resource and easily accessible. Sensible advice which got the right result.

Ben Hatton very approachable and calm advice under pressure.’

Ben Hatton – vast experience in all areas of property litigation.’

Clifford Chance has top-notch, blue-chip clients, many of whom do not want publicity, so much of their property litigation is kept under the radar. But the team provide an excellent high-quality service and are capable of dealing with the most complex and cross-disciplinary problems.

Ben Hatton – Ben manages his team incredibly well and always brings out the best in them. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ben Hatton leads a dynamic young team which combines strong technical knowledge with a ferocious work ethic and excellent client care. Equally comfortable acting for large corporate entities or individuals, they are that rarest of things: a magic circle team with the personal touch of a high-end boutique.’

There is no doubt that Clifford Chance is one of the leading City firms for property litigation.

Ben Hatton is superb, and leads a team of expert individuals.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group plc

General Electric International

Colony Capital

Network Rail

Flatfair Limited

Mitsubishi Estate London Limited

Hondo Enterprises

Asphaltic Land Limited

Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Limited

(Official Receiver of) British Steel

Wells Fargo

(Receivers of) Cardwool Ltd

London & Continental Railway Ltd

Social housing: finance Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP has a ‘strong and deep presence in the social housing finance sphere’, having advised funders and investors in the sector for over 30 years. Recent highlights included advising Goldman Sachs on its entry into the market through the grant of a £50m revolving credit facility. Angela Shepherd  demonstrates ‘fantastic industry knowledge and attention to detail’ in advising on the property and project aspects of transactions. Paul Deakins leads on the group’s bond and capital markets transactions. Alistair McGillivray leads the team and has experience in all areas of real estate finance.

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The social housing team at Clifford Chance LLP are very knowledgeable and experienced in the sector having been instructed on many transactions and security charging exercises. When we have instructed the firm they have been reliable, thorough and have always met reasonable timescales.

Angela Shepherd, an associate, is our contact at firm. She is very knowledgeable and thorough with her work for us. She has excellent attention to detail.’

The social housing team at Clifford Chance are well known and respected in the sector for all aspects of security charging work. When instructed, Clifford Chance have always been professional, reliable, and completed transactions to a high standard.

We deal with Angela Shepherd at Clifford Chance for all security-related transactions. Angela is particularly knowledgable, thorough and always happy to provide assistance when requested.’

Angela Shepherd has immense knowledge and puts this into practice for the benefit of her clients and uses this to ensure best outcomes.’

The team has developed a strong and deep presence in the social housing finance sphere, with partners that are well respected and knowledgeable. They are ready and able to tackle the most complex arrangements and demonstrated their ability deliver the necessary and concise documentation in numerous projects.

Angela Shepherd is a senior associate with over 20 years of experience at Clifford Chance. Dealing with all aspects of commercial property and affordable housing, she has a calm ‘can do’ approach to delivery which is well appreciated by all those that work with her.’

The social housing team are thorough in their review and analysis of important documents and provide clear opinions and advice.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

NatWest Markets

Deutsche Bank AG London

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

Banco Santander

Goldman Sachs Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Situs Asset Management Limited

Morgan Stanley &Co International plc

Sport Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP's footprint in the sports sector is largely down to commercial litigator Christopher Yates, who recently successfully acted for VB Football Assets on its high-profile dispute over the ownership of Blackpool FC.  He is also highly skilled in contentious issues surrounding regulations and anti-doping. The team also handles non-contentious corporate work through Tim Lewis, who continues to advise Kroenke Sports & Entertainment on its interests in Arsenal FC; he was recently added to the Premier League club's board as a non-executive director. Jennifer Mbaluto, who focuses on M&A and TMT matters, is also recommended.

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‘The firm’s advice is timely, logical, innovative, nuanced and always delivered with enthusiasm, clarity and good humour. It has added value at every step.’

‘The individuals have been highly focused, perceptive and insightful at every stage combining outstanding legal advice with a strong human element. ‘

‘They have sought innovative and creative solutions to complex issues and brought all parties on a collective journey with them.’

Key clients

Arsenal Football Club

Centre for Sport and Human Rights

E Stanley Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

International Paralympic Committee

Invictus Games Foundation

McLaren Group

Pakistan Cricket Board

Real Madrid FC

Sport Resolutions anti-doping panel

UK Football Association

Valeri Belokon (President of Blackpool Football Club)

VB Football Assets (minority shareholder in Blackpool Football Club, co-owned by Valeri Belokon, President of Blackpool Football Club)

World Rugby

21st Century Fox

Trade finance Tier 3

Clifford Chance LLP handles large and complex structured trade finance deals and its dedicated trade finance practice frequently advises leading banks, trade and industry associations, commodity trading companies and other corporates participants on high-value and innovative transactions and regulatory matters. The firm's work encompasses letters of credit, performance bonds and bills of exchange, export finance, Islamic finance, sanctions and more. Leonard Cleland is a specialist in emerging markets and structured trade finance. He has worked on structures involving the CIS, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Simon Williams, who handles international cross-border banking and finance transactions, also plays a key role in the practice.

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

At Clifford Chance LLP, multidisciplinary teams provide support to UK and overseas corporates (including major pharma companies) on areas of law ranging from banking and finance, capital markets and M&A to competition and IP. It also provides clients with additional support from its global network. Stephen Reese and Gareth Camp co-head the group. Reese advises clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors on IP and the regulatory aspects of their business strategies. He has advised clients on matters such as mRNA-based flu vaccines and the acquisition of global encryption and video-coding patents and technology. Camp undertakes commercial and M&A work. Other team members include senior associate Ben Jasper, who specialises in competition disputes, and associate Alex Walker, whose IP specialism includes advising on SPCs, regulatory issues and the commercialisation of products.

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I found Stephen Reese to be a fabulous lawyer. In addition to his knowledge and experiences, Stephen was great to work with. My colleagues were comfortable with his way of thinking and attitude, which sometimes is more important than knowledge and experiences.

Key clients

FujiFilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co. Ltd

PIF (Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund)

Syncona & Quell Therapeutics

Pfizer, Inc.

Gyroscope Therapeutics

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

Recipharm AB

Aztiq Pharma / Alvogen

Xellia and Alpharma LLC

Stallergenes Greer plc

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Clifford Chance LLP’s IP practice regularly advises on IP-rich global transactions involving sizeable trade mark portfolios in the FMCG, retail, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Practice co-head Vanessa Marsland regularly assists with corporate acquisitions and disposals, investments and trade mark protection and licensing projects. Co-head Stephen Reese takes on trade mark litigation, with recent matters involving invalidity defence of 3D trade and design marks and the advancement of parallel import litigation.

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Testimonials

Excellent knowledge about the subject matter. Very efficient and focused on adding value to the business, not just explaining the legal matters.

They took time to understand what we were trying to achieve and then provided options for moving before forward. Once we made our decision on how to proceed they they provided an invaluable plan of practical steps that needed to be taken whilst they drafted the appropriate documentation. Clear explanations meant we were not bogged down in the legal documentation necessary to achieve our goals.

We were particularly impressed by Leigh Smith, who led the process in an efficiently structured and practical manner. He was always available when needed and turned the work around quickly and efficiently.

Key clients

Bowmore UK 3 Limited (Infracapital)

Cami NYC

Cyprus Government

Fruit of the Loom

Imagination Technologies

Invictus Games

ISS Group Holdings Ltd

Legal & General Group plc

L’Oréal

Mastercard

Melrose plc (GKN Limited)

Mondelez

Pfizer

Receivers of British Steel Limited

Schroders

Synamedia

Syncona

The Absolut Company

The Invictus Games Foundation

Tyson Foods

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 6

Clifford Chance’s IP partners regularly advise on large-scale, global transactions with significant patent assets at stake. Practice co-head Vanessa Marsland regularly assists with corporate acquisitions and disposals, patent licensing transactions and investments in the healthcare, life sciences, financial services and TMT sectors. Co-head Stephen Reese takes on patent licensing litigation, notably for big-ticket pharmaceutical companies.

Testimonials

Extensive knowledge of complex cross border situations

Took time to understand what we were trying to achieve and then provided options for moving forward.

Clear explanations meant we were not bogged down in the legal documentation necessary to achieve our goals.

 

Key clients

Astex Therapeutics

FujiFilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics

Gyroscope Therapeutics

Imagination Technologies

Mastercard UK Limited

Melrose plc (GKN Limited)

Mondelez

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

Permira

Pfizer

Philip Morris International

PIF (Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund)

Receivers of British Steel Limited

Syncona & Quell Therapeutics

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's team leverages strong local and international advisory experience, with knowledge of English law, to provide clients entering or operating in Poland with a full service. The group handles day-to-day matters, such as share plans, as well as high- and mid-cap transactions across a diverse range of sectors, including energy, financial services, consumer goods, TMT and healthcare. The department is led by Agnieszka Janicka, who is noted for experience in  M&A, privatisations and international equity offerings. Marcin Bartnicki is an expert in regulated market transactions, while Wojciech Polz has substantial experience in cross-border M&A. Sławomir Czerwiński left the firm in 2020.

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Testimonials

Very reliable and professional M&A team, good combination of local and international expertise and always available.

Agnieszka Janicka knows what type of work can be best picked up at which level, is pro-active and walks the extra mile when needed.

Excellent local market knowledge and insights.

Key clients

Bank Millennium

Prudential Financial

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

NN Investment Partners

Polenergia

Nice

Zendesk

Inalca Food & Beverage

Axel Springer

AXA

Czech Media Invest

Kingspan

Pfizer

Hoist Finance

Allegro.pl

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

The 'proactive' Lusophone team at Clifford Chance LLP 'has significant experience in international transactions'. The team is particularly renowned in energy and power projects, with recent highlights including its advice to the sponsors on a proposed investment in a 400MW gas-fired power project located in Temane, in the province of Inhambane; the project will supply low-cost, reliable power to publicly owned electricity company EDM. Pieter Van Welzen in Amsterdam is the name to note.

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Clifford Chance combines resources, know-how and capacity as a global firm with direct knowledge of the market reality.

Clifford Chance is one of the most well-known legal firms and has significant experience in international transactions.

The teams are versatile and have complete dominance on the relevant matters.

They are proactive and focus on the clients’ needs.

South Korea > Capital markets: foreign firms Tier 3

Following the departure of the former Seoul office head Hyun Kim in March 2019, Clifford Chance LLP's capital markets department is now led by Hong Kong-based partner Richard Lee. Lee works with a pool of 28 non-partner practitioners across the firm's broader pan-Asian offering to deliver services to a varied client base comprised of Korean banks, international investment banks and corporations and public entities based in Korea. The firm has a robust track record of handling mandates involving creative hybrid structures across spanning debt and equity capital markets. Some core areas of focus include debt issuance programmes, high-yield bonds, public security offerings and private placements.

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Key clients

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Capital Services Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Credit Agricole

JP Morgan Securities (Far East) Limited, Seoul

Standard Chartered Bank

Korea Water Resources Corporation

Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited

Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken
Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

Employment, employee benefits and pensions: the team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:  Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Newcastle, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC

Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP. Clifford Chance is also in association with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Matthew Layton
Senior partner Malcolm Sweeting
Executive partner Chris Perrin
Administrative and public law Elizabeth Morony
Arbitration (international) Audley Sheppard
Asset finance William Glaister
Banking Mark Campbell
Banking litigation Ian Moulding
Civil fraud Roger Best
Collective investments Owen Lysak
Commercial Daniel Sandelson
Commercial litigation Jeremy Sandelson
Commercial litigation Simon Davis
Commodities Habib Motani
Construction David Metzger
Contentious trusts Jeremy Kosky
Contentious trusts Jeremy Sandelson
Corporate finance David Pearson
Defamation Simon Davis
Derivatives Habib Motani
Employee benefits/employment Chris Goodwill
Energy and natural resources Jeremy Connick
Environment Nigel Howorth
EU and competition Alex Nourry
Financial services Chris Bates
Hotels Sarah Thomas
Insolvency and restructuring Philip Hertz
Insurance Katherine Coates
Intellectual property Vanessa Marsland
International capital markets David Dunnigan
International capital markets David Bickerton
IT Daniel Sandelson
Life sciences Stephen Reese
Life sciences Gareth Camp
Media Daniel Sandelson
Pensions Hywel Robinson
PFI Michael Pearson
PFI David Metzger
Planning Nigel Howorth
Private equity (MBOs/funds) Simon Tinkler
Product liability Julian Acratopulo
Professional negligence Philip Hill
Project finance Jeremy Connick
Public policy/sector Phillip Souta
Rail Gavin Teague
Rail Alex Nourry
Real estate Jonathan Solomon
Real estate debt finance Andrew Carnegie
Regulatory Chris Bates
Retail Vanessa Marsland
Sovereign debt rescheduling Andrew Yianni
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Number of UK partners : 178
Number of other UK fee-earners : 698

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers

Women lawyers open up about their careers and defining choices

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers is published by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Now in its second release, the book is a practical resource for anyone interested in charting a successful career path at a law firm or by moving in-house. It features interviews with 20 women partners, alumnae and in-house counsel, with additional contributions from members of Clifford Chance’s senior management and US-based recruiting team. Visit our website to learn more about practical tips for building your career.

http://www.legal500.com/clifford-chance/advice-to-my-younger-self


RISING LAWYERS open up about their priorities and strategies for success

Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Geared primarily for students and junior lawyers, the book is a practical resource for those considering law school or just beginning a legal career. Twenty junior lawyers offer diverse perspectives on what inspires them about the law, and the strategies that are helping them stay in touch with their priorities and define the future of their careers. Their Voices also provides insights for senior lawyers as they mentor the next generation of leaders.

http://www.legal500.com/clifford-chance/their-voices

The Lex 100 Verdict

At the 'top of the market' and described as the 'most inclusive and diverse firm' with the 'best training and reputation', Clifford Chance is a must on any prospective trainee's list of elite City firms with global reach. A member of the Magic Circle, the firm's reputation is one of 'prestige' with a 'focus on exceptionalism' through its high quality of work and 'market-leading' client base. Trainees highlight that 'the firm works on some of the largest and most exciting deals which allows you to get involved with interesting work. It also offers remarkable training which really brings out the best in you', alongside fostering a 'sense of belonging' and 'culture of inclusivity'. A trainee identifies that 'the culture is what swayed it for me. Coming from a low income background, I felt out of place in a lot of firms that I had experienced, but Clifford Chance made me feel comfortable and welcome'. This feeling is echoed by the results of our survey, with Clifford Chance securing Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, financial remuneration, inclusivity and international secondment opportunities. The 'continuous and focused' training programme is applauded but common complaints centre upon the firm's Canary Wharf location and some 'brutal' hours. In some ways this comes with the territory of a Magic Circle firm and trainees highlight that the 'perks' and firm culture help to make up for it. If it's the Magic Circle you're after with all the associated challenges and perks, Clifford Chance is an obvious contender.