Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 1

The ‘outstanding ECM team’ at Clifford Chance LLP is ‘responsive, reliable and highly experienced’ in a broad range of transactions, including major IPOs, SPACs, de-SPACs, and ECM-related M&A. The firm ‘brings the full spectrum of its many practice experts to bear to resolve issues and problems on ECM deals‘, with a particular strength in cross-border matters. The London team is a hub for a range of European ECM, notably related to France, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as having a niche in London-Shanghai stock connect matters. Practice head Adrian Cartwright specialises in equity capital markets including issuances of shares and global depositary receipts in the international markets. Notable names in the team are John Connolly, who is known for US securities law advice; Simon Thomas, who represents underwriters and issuers on a wide range of equity capital markets transactions; and ECM transactions expert Christopher Roe, whose experience covers IPOs, rights issuances and secondary capital issuances.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Cartwright

Testimonials

‘An outstanding ECM team. Responsive, reliable and highly experienced.’

‘They pre-empt and solve issues very effectively; work with each client to achieve the right balance on any ECM deal; and bring the full spectrum of their many practice experts to bear to resolve issues and problems on ECM deals.’

‘Always partner led as it should be, they delivery consistently excellent outcomes whether acting for the issuers or the banks. Great lawyering and execution skills, attention to the details and buckets of common sense and reasonableness. Always listen to the client, advise as needed and do what they say.’

‘Technically superb with an efficient and commercial approach.’

‘Chris Roe and team were excellent as sponsor and underwriters counsel on the IPO.’

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE

J.P. Morgan A.G.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Barclays Bank

Jeffries International Limited

Bom Maklerski Banku Handlowego S.A.

ING Bank N.V.

Pekao Investment Banking S.A.

Erste Group Bank AG

Van Lanschot Kempen Wealth Management N.V.

UBS AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Barclays

Santander

Biuro Maklerskie Pekao

Trigon

Merrill Lynch International

Numis Securities Limited

PensionBee Group plc

Stelrad Group PLC

C&C Group plc

Volvo Cars and its main shareholder Geely

Hostmore plc

SYNLAB

Cinven

Novo Holdings and OTPP

Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup Global Markets as the sole global coordinator and bookrunner on the proposed IPO and London standard listing of Hambro Perks Acquisition Company Limited, a special purpose acquisition company.
  • Advised Volvo Car AB and its main shareholder, Geely Sweden, in connection with Volvo Cars’ proposed IPO and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley as Joint Global Co-ordinators, with J.P. Morgan acting as Sole Sponsor in relation to Bridgepoint’s c.£3bn IPO, and BNP, Citigroup and BofA Securities as Joint Bookrunners.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is home to a ‘first-class’ team, fronted by Carlos Conceicao, a former head of the FSA’s Wholesale Group who specialises in cases of market abuse; his team also leverages Dorian Drew’s proficiency in handling cases brought by multiple regulators, including the PRA and FCA, as well as Oliver Pegden’s experience in wholesale market conduct issues. Elsewhere, Kelwin Nicholls has recently handled sizeable disputes in the blockchain and commodities sectors, while Samantha Ward deploys her technology know-how when supporting on FCA, SFO, European Commission and CMA-related proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Conceicao

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A stellar financial services team. Able to handle the biggest cases and cut through the complexity to find the winning points.’

‘Dorian Drew and Carlos Conceicao are market leaders in the field. Everyone wants them on their side. Tactically astute and razor sharp litigators. Instructs counsel at an early stage.’

‘A first class team. They are hugely intelligent and experienced, but what sets them apart from some competitors is their superbly collaborative working style and the quality of client engagement. It’s a great experience to work with them, whatever the context.’

‘Carlos Conceicao – star quality in spades. He is a brilliant lawyer and a delight to engage with. Michael Lyons – a rising star, with bags of talent.’

Work highlights

  • Representing NatWest in the FCA’s first criminal prosecution of a UK bank under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
  • Advising a leading international bank in relation to an investigation and enforcement action undertaken by the Prudential Regulation Authority into errors in its liquidity reporting and associated systems and controls.
  • Advising a global financial investor in relation to an FCA investigation into alleged manipulation of the gilt markets during the global pandemic in 2020, including alleged ramping.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

At Clifford Chance LLP, the team ‘pulls advice from around its international network and processes it into a consistently useful package’. Practice head Caroline Meinertz has forged a particular reputation for her Brexit-related advice to financial institutions, while Simon Crown is the go-to for asset management and fintech affairs. Elsewhere, Simon Gleeson serves as an authority on post-crisis reforms in respect of financial regulatory and resolution law, whereas Monica Sah caters to global financial institutions in respect of financial product structuring, custody and cryptocustody affairs and fintech-related M&A. Caroline Dawson is an up-and-coming partner who acts on investment banking, securities and derivatives business affairs and the team also benefits from significant bench strength at senior associate level; examples include Diego Ballon Ossio, who is a benchmark and financial services trading expert, and Stephanie Peacock who is well reputed for her asset management, securities and derivatives knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Meinertz

Testimonials

‘The team pulls advice from around its international network and processes it into a consistently useful package, looking beyond the legal issues and considering what the practical implications are for our business.’

‘Monica Sah brings in-house experience that not many partners have and so she is also a good sounding board for practical matters and how to apply the law in a business setting. Laura Douglas is deeply knowledgeable and able to translate this into advice we can digest and use.’

‘Monica Sah and Diego Ballon Ossio have outstanding expertise in UK regulations and in particular consumer lending. Their experience in advising clients with a cross border element makes them not only experts in the field but also very practical and knowledgeable about market practice. Their strength lies with their expertise which compares to no others in the market.’

‘Monica Sah brings in her previous in-house experience which makes her an outstanding adviser for any regulatory questions impacting private banks and their clients. Diego Ballon Ossio has extensive knowledge of the regulations and how they came about and therefore can provide a very pertinent interpretation of the rules.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Wells Fargo & Company on the disposal of Wells Fargo Asset Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiaries, which housed Wells Fargo’s market leading asset management arm and holds $603bn in assets under management, to private equity houses GTCR LLC and Reverence Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Advised a large global bank on the scope and implementation of settlement discipline requirements under the EU Central Securities Depositories Regulation.
  • Advising a leading blockchain solutions provider on the establishment of a new crypto-asset exchange in Gibraltar, the participants in which are the client’s underlying customers, including retail customers.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP works on complex VAT and indirect tax matters across sectors including real estate, insurance and pensions. The team is led by David Saleh, who advises on both contentious and non-contentious VAT and indirect tax, covering real estate and international tax structuring. Director Simon Corzberg advises and assists clients on cases in sectors such as finance, energy and charity. Senior associate Edward Page advises on tax considerations with regards to acquisitions, joint ventures and cross-border investments.

Practice head(s):

David Saleh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Heimstaden Bostad

EQT Exeter

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Allianz Real Estate

Mitsui Fudosan (UK) Limited

Bank of Scotland

Citibank

Work highlights

  • Represented Heimstaden Bostad on tax aspects of its acquisition of Soho Wharf in Birmingham for £160m from Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes.
  • Advised EQT Exeter on tax aspects of the sale for approximately €3bn of a 2.2 million square metre logistics portfolio consisting of 132 properties (of which 20 are located in the UK and the others in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Poland) by the EQT Exeter sponsored private real estate fund Exeter Europe Value Venture III.
  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on tax aspects of their 50:50 development joint venture with Ivanhoe Cambridge for the redevelopment of Stonecutter Court in Farringdon, London.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP’s banking litigation team is perceived as ‘truly top notch and a go-to for the most important, heavyweight disputes’. The ‘formidable’ Ian Moulding heads up the team and continues to receive mandates on some of the highest-profile cases in the market, including a number of disputes related to alleged LIBOR manipulation. The team benefits from the expertise Helen Carty, who specialises in banking disputes and regulatory investigations, and  Matthew Newick, who is the firm’s global head of litigation & dispute resolution, Lindsay Bickerton, who has experience acting for financial institution clients on complex and reputationally significant litigation matters, insolvency specialist Stephanie Huts and Kate Scott, who spent a year acting as Head of EMEA Litigation for a global bank, are also names to note. The highly experienced Roger Best additionally continues to be active in this space. The team differentiates itself through its ability to work on cross-border matters, considering the nuances of each individual jurisdiction. It also benefits from working closely with the firm’s corporate crime and financial regulatory teams, which broadens the lawyers’ understanding of the markets in which their financial institution clients operate. ‘Talented’ senior associate Michael Gorrie is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ian Moulding

Testimonials

‘CC’s banking litigation team is truly top notch and a “go to” for the most important, heavyweight disputes. They exhibit a real depth of market knowledge and legal insight whilst clearly understanding the client’s goals and drivers. They also make impressively efficient use of their associate resources; cases are not over-resourced but appropriate responsibility is delegated to associates, many of whom are very impressive.’

‘Ian Moulding is formidable and one of the doyens of banking litigation in London. He is not only deeply knowledgeable but has a truly impressive strategic vision; he is always thinking several steps ahead of his opponents, and is constantly turning problems around to see all the angles. 

‘Kelwin Nicholls is extremely level-headed and a reassuring presence for clients in the heaviest and most contentious disputes’.

‘Of the associates, Michael Gorrie is talented and (not to be underestimated) extremely good fun to have on the team, whilst delivering great work.’

‘Clifford Chance are one of the main ‘go-to’ firms for the largest disputes on behalf of the major financial institutions who comprise their client base. They have the resources, talents, experience, industry knowledge and skills to successfully run these cases and provide a Rolls Royce service to demanding and discerning blue-chip clients.’

‘Ian Moulding  – Supremely experienced, a wise head who has the trust of his major institutional clients and achieves good results for them.

‘Guy Burkitt  –  Excellent. Clever, hard-working, independent-minded and very strong client skills.’

‘ Helen Carty is a behemoth in this field. All the big investment banks want to work with her. There’s nothing worth knowing that she doesn’t know in banking litigation.’

Key clients

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

ICBC Standard Bank

Standard Chartered

Morgan Stanley

RBS

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 1

The much lauded team at Clifford Chance LLP is described by one client as the ‘best of the best‘, and the firm’s global reach and highly experienced partner bench ensures that it is well placed to ‘deliver solutions to even the most intractable problems‘. Recently, the group has been particularly busy with corporate defence work in the class action space, and aircraft industry disputes; its defence of Airbus against contractual claims by Qatar Airways is just one example which falls into the latter category. Key names at the leadership level are the ‘wise and very personable‘ Jeremy Kosky and ‘shrewd and tough‘ Julian Acratopulo, as well as Helen Carty, who oversees the London team. Other recommended practitioners range from senior statesman Jeremy Sandelson and ‘perfect modern commercial litigatorMaxine Mossman, to dual-qualified in the UK and Hong Kong Chris Yates and senior associate Haafiz Suleman.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Kosky; Julian Acratopulo

Other key lawyers:

Helen Carty; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Claire Freeman; Haafiz Suleman; Chris Yates; Matthew Scully; Jeremy Sandelson

Testimonials

‘Smart, savvy, the people you want on your side.’

‘Jeremy Kosky – wise and very personable. A cool head in a crisis.’

‘It’s the best of the best. Superb quality from top to bottom.’

‘Outstanding strategic and tactical acumen combined with strength in depth makes this a formidable team, which is able to deliver solutions to even the most intractable problems. The team adopts a rigorous approach which more often than not gives its client leverage in any dispute.’

‘Julian Acratopulo is a shrewd and tough litigator, who is able to cut through to the essence of a problem. He is a great lateral thinker and often outflanks his opponents. A great problem solver.’

‘Haafiz Suleman is an excellent commercial litigator with great communication skills and makes the complicated simple. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Efficient, clever, strategic, strength in depth, excellent leadership, a superb litigation outfit.’

‘I have worked extensively with Maxine Mossman. If you could make the perfect modern commercial litigator from scratch, she is what you would get. She is bright, savvy and client focussed.’

Key clients

Actis

Aercap

Airbus

Dr Mike Lynch

GE Capital

General Electric Company

Harbour Energy plc group

Link Fund Solutions Limited

Manchester City Football Club Limited

Marks & Clerk

Mitchell’s & Butlers

News Group Newspapers Limited

Panasonic Europe B.V.

Permira

Pfizer

Serco Limited

The Raytheon Company

United Luck Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending News Group Newspapers against numerous claims of voicemail interception and other forms of unlawful information gathering at the News of the World and The Sun.
  • Defending Autonomy founder Dr Mike Lynch against allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard, which acquired the client’s software company in 2011.
  • Defending Airbus in proceedings before the English High Court against contractual claims by Qatar Airways seeking compensation in respect of A350 aircraft, which it alleges have been grounded due to airworthiness concerns arising from surface degradation issues.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP‘s recent track record includes ongoing treaty negotiations for the UK; international human rights cases; representing governments and companies in investment treaty claims; and advising on government policy compliance with trade and investment treaties. The practice is jointly led by Rae Lindsay, whose practice covers business and human rights, and the status, immunities and privileges of international organisations; highly rated investment treaty protection specialist Audley Sheppard KC; and Jessica Gladstone, who focuses on PIL and international disputes, climate change, international trade, sanctions, and business and human rights. The second line of advisers features UK and European sanctions head Michael Lyons; and at senior associate level, Anna Kirkpatrick frequently leads on PIL work, Carla Lewis focuses on EU and UK restrictive measures, Christina Schuetz is an investment treaty arbitration expert, Anne Collins is a PIL specialist, and Jeremy Stewart advises on WTO law and free trade agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rae Lindsay; Audley Sheppard KC; Jessica Gladstone

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King Emeritus of Spain

UK Government

Standard Chartered Bank

Novonor

Government of Belize

World Economic Forum

IMS

Work highlights

  • Appointed to advise the UK Department for International Trade on the drafting and implementation of its continuity free trade agreements with several non-EU countries.
  • Representing IMS in relation to enforcement proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court by the Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in relation to two ICC Arbitration Awards issued in 2001.
  • Advising Belize on its climate policy and legislative agenda, including in connection with carbon credits and agreements (consistent with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement).

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is renowned for its expertise advising on the share scheme aspects of large high-profile M&A and IPO transactions, most recently assisting Clayton, Dubilier & Rice with its £7bn bid to takeover WM Morrisons Supermarkets. The group has a strong background in the financial services industry, with a client list featuring Cinven, CVC and Permira, among others. Tech, manufacturing and energy are other areas of interest. Practice head Sonia Gilbert excels in cross-border transactions involving remuneration policies, governance matters and share plans. Another key name in the practice is Andrew Patterson, who is noted for his 'excellent client skills' and 'strong understanding of the business context'.

Practice head(s):

Sonia Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Depth of understanding of the business combined with strength in depth of their team positions them very well compared to the competition. In addition, they are notably flexible in how they think about billing and collaboration when we have specific needs or requests.’

‘Andrew Patterson is our primary adviser. A calm and thoughtful commercial adviser with excellent client skills. Andrew has a strong understanding of the business context and his consistently excellent performance has led him to become a trusted adviser to the business as well as to the legal team.’

‘The team provided excellent support to us on the implementation of our new Share Incentive Plan. They are both knowledgeable and commercial, providing support on all the key regulatory and taxation considerations.’

‘Andrew and his team were always available and approachable and could unravel complex issues for us. They were always pragmatic and worked to our timescales.’

Key clients

PensionBee

Wizz Air

Gamesys Group

Permira

Siemens AG and Siemens Energy

Cinven

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

C&C Group

Vectura

Chanel

Allegro

CVC

easyJet

Swiss Re

SumUp

DP World

Work highlights

  • Advised PensionBee on the remuneration aspects of its initial public offering (IPO) on the High Growth Segment of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Wizz Air on new share plans, including a bespoke value creation plan (VCP) for the CEO.
  • Advised Gamesys Group on the impact of its combination with Bally’s Corporation, a NYSE-listed US omnichannel provider of land-based gaming and interactive entertainment, on its employees who hold options or shares in the company.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

Able to provide a one-stop-shop service to borrowers and lenders on big-ticket and complex leveraged and event-driven deals by virtue of its market-knowledge and extensive international expertise, Clifford Chance LLP 'provides consistently excellent advice across all regions in leveraged finance and is always great to work with'. Taner Hassan is well-versed across the full spectrum of debt products throughout the capital structure and is adept at advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on multi-jurisdictional financings including acquisition and bolt-on transactions. Michael Bates are also very strong on the borrower side, particularly in the context of advising funds on infrastructure financings. Jim MacHale and David Robson 'are always willing to go the extra yard to find a solution' for lenders, with Robson having a particular strength in relation to public to private matters. The 'extraordinary' Peter Dahlen 'adds a lot of value' for both borrowers and lenders on large cap acquisition finance deals and has significant knowledge of the Nordic markets. Other recommended partners include the vastly experienced Charles Cochrane, Emma Folds and recently promoted partner Julia House.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cochrane; Taner Hassan

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bates; Peter Dahlen; Emma Folds; Jim MacHale; David Robson; Nick Kinnersley; Thomas Critchley; Alexandra Dimsdale-Gill; Julia House; Richard Day

Testimonials

‘Incredibly commercial – problem solving is in their DNA.’

‘Knowledgeable about the latest deals, as a result of advising on them.’

The team’s strength is their market knowledge and their global reach. They provide consistently excellent advice across all regions in leveraged finance and are always great to work with.’

Jim MacHale and David Robson are always willing to go the extra yard to find a solution, firmly in the business of solutions rather than issues/problems.’

Emma Folds and Michael Bates know the markets incredibly well, have lots of experience and strong working relationships with other firms.’

Peter Dahlen is extraordinary and added a lot of value to our latest large acquisition financing. We also appreciate his clear comments and good sense of balance when challenging us to fight on some points and to let some go.’

Incredibly experienced. The approach that Jim MacHale and David Robson bring to any transaction is refreshing and sets them apart.’

Key clients

Cinven

HSBC

Jaguar Land Rover

Apera Capital

Macquarie

BAML

Morgan Stanley

NatWest

EQT

Telefonica

Work highlights

  • Advising mandated lead arrangers on the bridge financing for National Grid’s £7.8bn acquisition of Western Power Distribution group.
  • Advising sponsor Cinven on the €538m TLB and €150m RCF supporting the acquisition of a majority stake in Restaurant Brands Iberia.
  • Advising Valmet, the Finland-based company that supplies technologies, automated solutions and other services to the paper, pulp and energy industries, in relation to a €996m loan package supporting the merger of Valmet and Neles, the Helsinki listed flow control solutions and services provider.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Utilising ‘a good mix between senior and junior staffing when needed’, Clifford Chance LLP‘s relationship-driven practice is well-positioned to advise banks and corporates across a mix of repeat corporate lending/syndicated work, as well as cutting-edge mandates, which benefit from the team’s ‘creative and solutions-focused’ approach. As well as her transactional work, which includes funds and investment grade financing, Nicola Wherity‘s role as counsel to the Loan Market Association (LMA) has seen her active at the forefront of changes to standard documentation ushered in by the LIBOR transition. Wherity is also one of many partners within the group that is incorporating ESG-related factors into financing documentation, including a considerable amount of sustainability-linked financings in relation to investment grade loans. Emma Foldsknows the market very well’ and is a popular choice advising on new money loans for investment grade corporates, as well as in a refinancing context. David Robson regularly advises banks as arrangers/underwriters on investment grade corporate lending and corporate event driven financing, including in relation to UK public bid financing. Nick Kinnersley and the ‘extraordinary’ Peter Dahlen also handle bid financings, as well as general corporate lending matters for both lenders and borrowers. Charles Cochrane is also recommended and heads up the overarching banking and financing team alongside Taner Hassan.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cochrane; Taner Hassan

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Wherity; Emma Folds; David Robson; Peter Dahlen; Nick Kinnersley; Thomas Critchley; Alexandra Dimsdale-Gill

Testimonials

They have the ability to liaise across multiple practice areas/jurisdictions to meet our needs.’

They are proactive, creative and solutions-focused.’

‘Nicola Wherity has a great depth of understanding of us as a client and takes huge care to flag any issues which should be of concern to us.’

Emma Folds knows the markets incredibly well.’

‘Peter Dahlen is extraordinary and added a lot of value to our latest large acquisition financing.’

Key clients

Cinven

HSBC

Jaguar Land Rover

Apera Capital

Macquarie

BAML

Morgan Stanley

NatWest

EQT

Telefonica

Work highlights

  • Advising Unsere Grune Glasfaser, a 50/50 joint venture between the Telefonica Group and the private equity arm of Allianz, in connection with its jumbo €1.65bn financing of the rollout of a new fiber optic network in Germany.
  • Advising SYNLAB on its €1.23bn IPO financing, raising term and revolving facilities made available to the company following its listing in Frankfurt.
  • Advising the mandated lead arrangers on a €3bn syndicated sustainability-linked multicurrency facility for Holcim, a global leader in innovative and sustainable building materials.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP provides 'very innovative and commercial' advice, both in a restructuring and formal insolvency setting, to myriad stakeholders including debtors, insolvency practitioners, banks and funds. Led from London by Philip Hertz , the six-partner team has 'a tremendous ability to reach across practices and geographies to provide comprehensive advice in complex restructurings involving multiple jurisdictions'. This was recently underscored by its advice to the Codere Group on its €1.2bn restructuring, which also utilised experts in Spain and Luxembourg. 'Able to blend his outstanding technical skills with a commercial mindset', Iain White led on this matter but is equally as adept at handling creditor-side mandates including his recent lead role for the ad hoc committee on MNC Health's complex cross-border restructuring. Although he has a versatile practice, the 'outstanding' John MacLennan is particularly well-known on behalf of senior lenders as creditors on cross-border mandates. The 'amazing' David Towers is also a key practitioner for creditor/investor work, particularly in light of his alternative lender experience. Melissa Coakley displays a 'high level of technical knowledge and strategic thinking', and alongside Hertz, who 'has a fantastic ability to simplify the most complex of legal issues', recently played a key role on behalf of the Official Receiver and the Special Managers regarding the Baglan Bay Power station compulsory liquidation.

Practice head(s):

Philip Hertz

Other key lawyers:

John MacLennan; Iain White; David Towers; Melissa Coakley; Timothy Lees; Seema Shukla; Chris Norman;

Testimonials

They show a tremendous ability to reach across practices and geographies to provide comprehensive advice in complex restructurings involving multiple jurisdictions.’

The team is very innovative and commercial and always provides great legal advice.’ 

Philip Hertz’s knowledge of the sector is second-to-none, he has a fantastic ability to simplify the most complex of legal issues.’

John MacLennan is outstanding.’

Iain White is able to blend his outstanding technical skills with a commercial mindset in order to drive a complex process forward.’

‘Iain White and Tim Lees have done an outstanding job advising us on a complex cross-border restructuring. They are very engaged and reliable but most importantly have shown an ability to efficiently manage multiple work-streams across restructuring, financing, corporate finance/M&A and litigation.’

Melissa Coakley has a high level of technical knowledge and strategic thinking.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

AerCap

Barclays

Barings

BNP Paribas

Chrysoar/ Harbour Energy

Codere

Credit Suisse

Davidson Kempner

Deutsche Bank

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

HSBC

Lloyds

M&G

Matalan Group

Natwest Markets/RBS

Nordic Aviation Corporation

Partners Group

Provident Financial

Senior Official Receiver

Work highlights

  • Advised the Codere group, a leading player in the private gaming industry, on its €1.2bn restructuring by way of a new money offering and consent solicitation, the need for which arose from continuing COVID-related restrictions and closures which impacted materially on the group’s gaming and casino businesses.
  • Advised gategroup on options for amending and extending CHF 350m of Swiss-law governed notes, and a €665m English law senior facilities agreement provided to members of the gategroup group culminating in the use of an innovative restructuring plan to achieve this objective.    
  • Advised the ad-hoc committee of NMC’s largest financial creditors in relation to the group’s financial restructuring, including the entry by its parent entity into UK administration; the choice of procedures for the UAE-based group (ADGM administration was chosen over US Chapter 11 bankruptcy); and the terms of and implementation steps in relation to its financial restructuring.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has 'a top-quality DCM team with an excellent set of hands-on partners'. The firm is a trusted adviser to many of the world's leading financial institutions, corporates, governments, supranational organisations and multilaterals on high-value and high-profile deals, among them many market firsts. Simon Sinclair, who leads the practice, and key partner Kate Vyvyan are 'good technically and they stay involved in their deals'. Vyvyan and Michael Dakin advised CBRE Global Investors' on its issue of €500 million of bonds. Vyvyan also acted for the UK government on its inaugural green gilt issue of £10bn. Paul Deakins, who frequently acts for both underwriters and issuers, is 'the partner of reference in liability management and his excellent technical knowledge and expertise are second to none'. Deborah Zandstra, who leads the firm's sovereign debt advisory practice, is 'superbly creative, smart, and responsive'. Clare Burgess, who handles a wide range of infrastructure transactions including project bonds, private placements, corporate bonds and multi-source financings, and Andrew Coats, who handles  both privately placed and listed or publicly offered securities, are key figures in the practice. Long-serving partner David Dunnigan retired in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Simon Sinclair

Testimonials

‘Top-quality DCM team with an excellent set of hands on partners.’

‘Simon Sinclair, Paul Deakins, Kate Vyvyan – all excellent. Good technically and they stay involved in their deals.’

‘Paul Deakins is the partner of reference in liability management. His excellent technical knowledge and expertise are second to none, which means he is always the person to pick up the phone to with any doubts or questions.’

‘Deborah Zandstra and senior associate Azam Taiyeb are some of the best lawyers to think about sovereign DCM/issuances and also to think through derivative transactions. They are our # 1, go to counsel for anything that is more complex or structured. Superbly creative, smart, and responsive.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

ABN AMRO Bank N.V

ING Bank N.V.

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

J.P. Morgan

SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Citi

Paragon Banking Group plc

Provident Financial plc

The UK Government (HM Treasury and the United Kingdom Debt Management Office)

University College London

Arçelik A.Ş.

EasyJet

HSBC Bank plc

Barclays Bank PLC

Mizuho International plc

NatWest Markets Plc

Deutsche Bank

Access Bank plc

Basic-Fit N.V

Banco Santander

Morgan Stanley

Erste Group

Raiffeisen Bank

EDP – Energias De Portugal

The Ad Hoc Bondholder Group with respect to the debt restructuring of 6.75% Notes due 2021 by YPF Sociedad Anónima (Matter 20).

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK Government (HM Treasury and the United Kingdom Debt Management Office) on its inaugural green gilt issuance of £10 billion due 2033.
  • Advised University College London (UCL) on its issue of £300m 1.625% Sustainability Bonds due 2061.
  • Advised Arçelik A.Ş. on its issue of €350 million 3.0% Green Bonds due 2026.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

The structured finance practice at Clifford Chance LLP ‘takes the time to understand what the client is seeking to achieve and provides creative and practical advice‘. Paget Dare Bryan and Timothy Cleary lead a practice with numerous standout partners, among them veteran Habib Motani and Andrew Coats, who handle repackaging programmes, derivatives, structured securities and retail-targeted securities offerings as well as regulatory capital issues. Cleary advised leading Greek banks on synthetic securitisations with a combined value in excess of €5bn. Jessica Littlewood leads the global synthetic CLO practice and is ‘a well-known pioneer in the market and has in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation‘. Anne Drakeford, whose work includes OTC fixed income, credit and equity based derivatives, asset backed securities, credit and equity-linked notes, repackagings, bespoke structured solutions and synthetic CDOs, is ‘very experienced and approachable, and works very well with the counterparty advisers‘. Faizal Khan has expertise in US GAAP and IFRS off-balance sheet arrangements and other types of risk transfer products. Will Winterton, who advised Pool Re on the issuance of insurance-linked securities linked to pure terrorism risk, ‘has excellent knowledge and is a quick-thinker‘.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Cleary; Paget Dare Bryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm takes the time to understand what the client is seeking to achieve and provides creative and practical advice. Is proactive and efficient.’

‘Anne Drakeford – leads the team working for us. Very experienced and approachable. Provides clear advice and guidance. Works very well with the counterparty advisers.’

‘Having collaborated with the Clifford Chance on the structuring of a synthetic securitisation, the team’s knowledge of the market, quick turnaround in deliverables and accessibility really stood out. Frequent updates on billing also helped a lot.’

‘The entire team involved in the project was very knowledgeable of the market, accessible and clear in advice provided. Especially in cases where there were decisions to be made on specific features of the transaction, they provided clear pros and cons of different options making it easier to decide.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge and is a pioneer on derivatives and structured products transactions.’

‘Jessica Littlewood is a well-known pioneer in the derivatives and structured products market and has in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation. Thea Gausel is a rising star, deeply knowledgeable and fully solution-oriented. Konstantinos Voulgarakis is an excellent associate who steadily and on time provided insightful support throughout the different stages of the transaction.’

‘Excellent knowledge, creative thinking, pro-active advising and preparatory work.’

‘Will Winterton has excellent knowledge and is a quick-thinker. He is on the ball and proactive.’

Work highlights

  • Advising several clients on major global IBOR transition projects. The firm holds a leading market position with multiple engagements supporting global banking clients in due diligence and contract remediation to prepare for the replacement of, and transition away from, IBORs.
  • Assisting various clients with developing the digital asset derivatives market, including assisting a number of clients with producing template documentation for use with cash settled and physically settled digital asset derivative transactions which address the unique lifecycle events that can arise in respect of a digital asset (such as hard forks).
  • Advising a cryptocurrency custodian in relation to risk mitigation arrangements in connection with integrating their custody service into the trading service of cryptocurrency exchanges so as to enable clients to access such exchanges through their custody accounts.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 1

At Clifford Chance LLP ‘the team shines by its strength in depth‘, and clients remark that the firm is ‘undoubtedly one of the strongest in the London market, if not the strongest‘. ‘All the partners in the team are leaders in their field, across all asset classes, and are all ably supported by very solid associates‘, notes one source. Head of the international structured debt group Kevin Ingram and co-head of structured asset-backed and real estate finance Maggie Zhao oversee the firm’s securitisation work. Key partner Christopher Walsh‘s work for arrangers, originators and investors covers RMBS, NPLs, CMBS and consumer loans deals. Emma Matebalavu is highly recommended for RMBS and CMBS transactions. She assisted Goldman Sachs International and Barclays Bank with a £496m CMBS deal secured on 113 predominantly last-mile logistic properties located in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and The Netherlands. Simeon Radcliff focuses predominantly on multi-jurisdictional trade receivables finance. Jessica Littlewood leads the global synthetic CLO practice and the European cash CLO practice. She acted for NIBC Bank in a €458m ESG-compliant North Westerly VII CLO. Emerging partner talents Adam Craig and Will Sutton play pivotal roles in deals across many asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Ingram; Maggie Zhao

Testimonials

‘The team is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the London market, if not the strongest.’

‘All the partners are in the team are leaders in their field, across all asset classes, and are all ably supported by very solid associates.’

‘CC has over the years become very much our “go-to” firm for securitisation.’

‘The team shines by its strength in depth – but I had to highlight two specific individuals I would mention Chris Walsh in RMBS and Emma Matebalavu for CMBS.’

Key clients

118 118 Money

Apollo

Bain Capital

Bank of America

Barclays

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Cerberus

Citi

Close Brothers

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Davidson Kempner

Deutsche Bank

Elliott

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

ING

JP Morgan

Lloyds Bank

Morgan Stanley

National Australia Bank

Natixis

NatWest Markets

NewDay

Rothesay Life

Shawbrook Bank

Standard Chartered

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas (as Arranger and JLM), Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plcs and National Australia Bank Limited as JLMs on Finsbury Square 2021-1 Green, Kensington Mortgages £817.5m inaugural Green Bond aligning with the ICMA Green Bond Principles of 2018.
  • Advised 118 118 Money on the near simultaneous establishment of two private securitisations and one corporate asset-backed facility, providing total funding of up to £580 million refinancing their entire business into structured finance products.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on Sage AR Funding 2021 PLC, the second social housing CMBS on the market.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 1

Led by ‘absolute star’ William Glaister and aided by an ‘unparalleled geographic coverage with asset focused lawyers in most key jurisdictions’, Clifford Chance LLP‘s five-partner team is well equipped to handle the most complex asset finance mandates, irrespective of geographical location. Although it is active across the asset classes, aviation work remains the key driver, an area in which the firm has ‘superb market understanding’ and an ability to advise on many of the most cutting-edge finance deals, aided in part by its ability to leverage the firm’s broader banking and capital markets expertise. Able to draw from a ‘massive body of historical work’, Oliver Hipperson is well versed at handling a wide range of new money and restructuring work in both the aviation and shipping fields, and has particular expertise advising on secondary debt trading matters (including loan portfolio sale transactions). ‘Meticulous with details whilst still able to retain a commercial focus and ensure that the deal gets done’, Richard Evans is a popular choice among borrowers and lenders across a range of finance and leasing structures in the aviation sector. Other key individuals include Paul Carrington, whose varied aviation practice (including work for lessors, airlines and banks) sits alongside his role as head of the rail group, and Ranbir Hunjan, who has an excellent reputation advising banks on aviation and rail finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

William Glaister

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A broad team working at all levels which helps ensure our files are staffed appropriately.’

The expertise of the Clifford Chance team is second to none. They have an unparalleled geographic coverage with asset focused lawyers in most key jurisdictions. They have experience in all aspects of aviation finance and leasing as well as strong capabilities in shipping and rail with a focus on the most complex of transactions.’

‘Clifford Chance provides a highly competent and efficient service. Their understanding of the market provides a great deal of comfort which then provides a much smoother documentation process and less frustration on any back and forth.’

William Glaister has a wealth of experience and knowledge making him a leader in the field.’

Oliver Hipperson – massive body of historical work on which he draws his expertise which contributes greatly to an efficient process – and outstanding people skills that ensure a professional process yields a successful outcome.’

Richard Evans is meticulous with details whilst still able to retain a commercial focus and ensure that the deal gets done.’

‘Chris Hardisty is very capable.’

‘Hugely experienced, which proves invaluable in complex negotiations.’

Key clients

Nordic Aviation Capital

Investec

SMBC Aviation Capital

Deutsche Bank

Avolon

BNP Paribas

Goshawk Aviation Limited

CDB Aviation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Castlelake

Airborne Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised General Electric Company on the combination of GECAS and AerCap.
  • Advised Nordic Aviation Capital on the restructuring of approximately $6.3bn of the company’s secured and unsecured debt, implemented through Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Advised Avolon on its private investment in public equity (PIPE) investment in, and ground-breaking aircraft order with, Vertical Aerospace, an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft manufacturer.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has 'very solid experience in emerging markets, which has built and strengthened over the years'. Its work on financing, M&A and projects spans Africa, Latin America, India, Turkey, the CIS and the CEE. Leonard Cleland, who focuses predominantly on the CIS, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and infrastructure financing specialist Simon Williams are the lead partners for emerging markets finance work. Energy and infrastructure partner Jeremy Connick is the firm's regional head for Southern Africa and a key member its global Africa group, which is led by newly promoted partner Kayode Oladipo. Capital markets partner Deborah Zandstra assisted Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank with The Gabonese Republic's tender invitation to bond holders. Global head of energy and resources Russell Wells acted for lenders and investors in the financing of the acquisition of a major interest in Nigerian oil licence OML 17 and related assets, through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited. Senior associate Rebecca Shepherd  in the global financial markets group is 'very detailed-oriented but at the same time always has in mind the big picture of a deal'.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Cleland; Simon Williams

Testimonials

‘The CC team has very solid experience in emerging markets, which has built and strengthened over the years, in part by having high-calibre partners and associates move to emerging markets jurisdictions. As a result, they have a highly reliable network that can advise on English law matters while being very close, not only physically but also in terms of deep knowledge, to local jurisdictions.’

‘The team has a lot of familiarity with all types of players in emerging markets, from local banks to foreign investors to international financial institutions, which, combined with their role of LMA legal advisor, makes them uniquely placed to advise clients doing transactions in those countries.’

‘Simon Williams is a very experienced partner who, having lived and worked in emerging markets, is able to provide solid, reliable and robust advice to clients that operate in those jurisdictions. His style is very approachable and proactive, which makes working with him easier. He is excellent at monitoring legal costs on an ongoing basis thereby making the billing process smoother for the client. He also has excellent communication and negotiation skills.’

‘Rebecca Shepherd is an outstanding and incredibly hardworking lawyer. Her knowledge of emerging markets is deep and very valuable; she is very detailed-oriented but at the same time always has in mind the big picture of a deal. She monitors effectively and is able to convey to clients market trends and legal approaches in the emerging markets where she works.’

‘A very knowledgeable and proficient team that provides tonnes of added value. Very dedicated and helpful.’

‘We have been working with Kayode Oladipo, who has proven to be very helpful. He masters the documents and the legal environment while having good understanding of our business considerations. He is trustworthy and we are very happy with our collaboration.’

Key clients

AFC

Luminar Capital

Actis Capital

EBRD

UBS

ICBC

Deutsche Bank

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

Mashreqbank psc

Investec

AFC

Luminar Capital

Actis Capital

EBRD

UBS

ICBC

Deutsche Bank

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

Mashreqbank psc

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse on a EUR 2.1bn UKEF-covered green financing for the Republic of Turkey in connection with the Ankara-İzmir High-Speed Electric Railway Project.
  • Advised lenders and investors in respect of the financing of the acquisition of a 45% participating interest in Nigerian oil licence OML 17 and related assets, through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited. The transaction is one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in the last decade.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank on The Gabonese Republic’s invitation to holders of its U.S.$1.5 billion 6.375% bonds due 2024 and its U.S.$700 million 6.950% bonds due 2025 to tender their bonds for purchase by the Gabonese Republic for cash.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP‘s TMT offering focuses primarily on large and complex corporate transactions. With cross-practice support from specialists in areas including corporate law, litigation, antitrust, technology, and regulation, the team is well-equipped to provide support to major clients from start-ups to multinationals. Practice head André Duminy is renowned for his M&A experience, and has particular experience in the fintech and insurtech sectors. Jennifer Chimanga  is similarly highly regarded, and has worked increasingly on cross-border transactions; corporate specialist Toby Parkinson is also significant in this area. Simon Persoff brings expertise across technology and telecoms, while Kate Scott and Samantha Ward are cornerstones of the group’s litigation offering. Zayed Al Jamil joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2022, further strengthening the firm’s offering in outsourcing and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

André Duminy

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial. Diligence. Clear understanding of client objectives and timelines. Creative and solutions focused while being flexible and nimble.’

‘Jennifer Chimanga navigated an extremely difficult and complex process in a tight timeline involving deep technology systems and complex architecture. The availability of senior partners together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups is key to their success.’

Key clients

Africell

Allegro

Anchorage Capital Partners

Cellnex Telecom

Codere Group

Delivery Hero

EE

Epic Games

G.Network Communications

Gamesys Group

ITV

LZ Labs

NBC Universal / Comcast

News Group

Panasonic

Sitecore

Spotify

Telefonica

Tencent

The Hut Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex on the acquisition of the European telecoms towers business of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10bn.
  • Acted on the mega £31bn merger of Telefónica’s O2 UK mobile phone company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider to create the 50/50 JV “Virgin Media O2”.
  • Advised Sitecore on the acquisitions of Boxever and Moosend.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is recommended for handling insurance-based M&A, group restructurings and structured reinsurance transactions. The practice has played a key role in the development of the UK as an ILS jurisdiction and continues to advise on ILS transactions internationally in Bermuda and Singapore. Practice head Ashley Prebble, also global co-head of the insurance group, specialises in corporate and regulatory insurance matters, including M&A, Part VII transfers and complex reinsurance arrangements. Both Hilary Evenett and Katherine Coates retired from the partnership in May 2021; whilst the former continues to advise clients across the non-contentious insurance space as senior director, the latter remains active as a part-time consultant to the practice as a special counsel. Narind Singh is recommended for his work on corporate insurance transactions, while Cheng Li Yow offers expertise in non-contentious reinsurance, including providing reinsurance regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Prebble

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Evenett; Katherine Coates; Narind Singh; Cheng Li Yow; Imogen Ainsworth; James Cashier

Testimonials

‘We have absolute faith and trust in Ashley Prebble.’ 

‘The firm is very experienced and knowledgeable about the London insurance market and our own peculiarities.’

‘Excellent global insurance industry knowledge.’

‘High quality legal advice, pragmatic with a strong focus on adding value.’

‘Clifford Chance has strong bench strength and market knowledge.’

Key clients

Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited (LV=)

Inigo Limited

Athora Group

Premia Holdings Limited

Admiral Group plc

International Underwriting Association

AXA S.A.

Society of Lloyd’s

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Coface

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Enstar

Chubb

Domestic & General

Rothesay

Cinven

Bought By Many

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA on the disposal of a EUR 2.6 billion life and non-life insurance portfolio by AXA Belgium to Monument Re.
  • Advised the IUA on the joint venture agreement with Lloyd’s and DXC Technology which will build solutions to digitalise, streamline and fully automate processing for the Lloyd’s market.
  • Advised the Society of Lloyd’s on the establishment of and first transactions undertaken by London Bridge Risk PCC Limited, the ground-breaking insurance linked securities platform for used by members of Lloyd’s.

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 1

With ‘unrivalled knowledge of the fund finance market’, Clifford Chance LLP covers the full range of fund finance trasactions, including subscription lines, capital call lending, NAV and hybrid facilities as well as ESG-linked financing. Working alongside the firm’s fund formation, tax and regulatory teams across Europe, Asia and the US, the practice is geared to handle the full life-cycle of funds, from formation to GP-led secondary restructurings. The group’s leadership is split between ‘knowledgeable and highly engaged’ Andrew Husdan, who acts for both lenders and sponsors on bridge lending, complex structured financings and leveraged acquisitions, and Nicola Wherity, who often advises on private securitisations and is an active member of the Fund Finance Association.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Husdan; Nicola Wherity

Other key lawyers:

Thea Vukasinovic; Jeremy Rayfield

Testimonials

‘Quality team that can work at pace on highly complex situations, with a strong ability to push back against lender counsel unreasonable demands.’

‘Andrew Husdan is highly commercial, approachable and knows how to deliver innovative solutions by combining his expertise in fund finance with leveraged finance and NAV financing.’

‘Unrivalled knowledge of the fund finance market.’

‘Would specifically like to mention Nicola Wherity andThea Vukasinovic as great individuals to work with.’

‘The Clifford Chance team has a great understanding of the needs and specificities of investment funds and is able to deliver a seamless experience across the funds financing and funds formation teams.’

‘Partner Andrew Husdan is knowledgeable and highly engaged. Senior Associate Jeremy Rayfield makes sure completion is achieved in a timely and smooth manner.’

‘Clifford Chance’s fund finance practice has a dedicated team which is active on both the lender and borrower side. The CC team is therefore involved in a large number of deals and has significant market intel. One of the strengths of the team is its diverse workforce with team members from across the globe and a large portion of senior female lawyers. CC is using technological support where possible which adds to the ease of co-operation.’

‘Andrew Husdan is the main lender side partner and a reliable, knowledgeable and diligent lawyer. He does not only understand the product and our approach but is flexible in providing innovative solutions. Andrew is also an excellent relationship manager on the borrower side leading to less friction and good outcomes for all parties.’

Key clients

Permira

ICG

Wells Fargo

Nordea

BC Partners

NAB

Bridgepoint

State Street

Actis

Rothschild & Co

M&G

Stirling Capital

Capital Dynamics

Mercer

Investec

RBSi

DBS

UOB

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 1

The team at Clifford Chance LLP is co-led by head of real estate funds Gerard Saviola and head of the global private funds group Alexandra Davidson. The team of real estate specialists provide advice on a broad scope of matters, including real estate; private equity; infrastructure; debt and credit; and emerging market funds; it also has a strong reputation for its broad knowledge of the structuring issues that apply to real estate managers. The firm’s international platform allows it to work effectively on cross-border mandates for its global client base. Specialising in the establishment and operation of private investment funds across asset classes, Lily Marcel was promoted to partner in May 2022 is a notable team member. Also worthy of mention are Alexander Chester, experienced in advising on some of the team’s most complex funds work, and Jonathan Bray, whom has built a strong strong practice advising a global client base on the establishment, structuring and offering of closed and open-ended real estate funds. Former head of the private funds group Nigel Hatfield retired in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Saviola; Alexandra Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Lily Marcel; Alexander Chester; Jonathan Bray; Vishal Mashru; Stephanie Dunne

Testimonials

‘The Clifford Chance team is pro-active, service-oriented and very knowledgeable. They provide pragmatic advice, whilst taking into account the commercial needs of the client.’

‘Excellent market knowledge and ability to relate this to different situations.’

‘Gerard Saviola is all over the market and can guide on common practice and terms across the spectrum knowledgeably.’

‘Jonathan Bray is technically strong.’

‘Clifford Chance has a market-leading real estate funds practice and we consider them to be one of a limited number of firms who are able to serve the breadth of our needs both geographically and in terms of subject matter expertise.’

‘Our primary relationship partner in London is Jonathan Bray. He is very strong technically, has deep market knowledge and is ably supported by a strong team spread across offices in Europe and Asia. The firm has also shown that they are invested in the relationship and, as well as providing generally high-quality legal advice on the matters we instruct on, the firm adds add value in other ways, such as the provision of tailored training.’

‘We particularly value Clifford Chance’s professionalism and quick response time, although our requests nearly always require coordination across multiple jurisdictions and/or faculties. In particular, as a Luxembourg-based fund, we find it very helpful that Clifford Chance have local counsel in all of the countries we are operating in. It makes the discussions quick and easy, as we’re all on the same team.’

‘Jonathan Bray is not only very competent, making sure all the teams work together quickly and well, he is probably the nicest lawyer I have ever met. He has a humble, friendly way of handling conflict situations that is pleasantly disarming.’

Key clients

BentallGreenOak

Hillwood Investment Properties

M&G Investment Management Limited

DRC Savills Investment Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising BentallGreenOak, a leading global real estate and real estate debt house, on simultaneous fundraisings of multiple real estate debt funds and separate managed accounts.
  • Advising M&G Investment Management on the fundraising of their current vintage of its real estate debt finance funds.
  • Advising DRC Savills Investment Management, a leading pan-European real estate debt sponsor, on its full range of products including, senior, mezzanine and whole-loan comingled funds, co-investment and separate account mandates.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP continues to act for a strong roster of large international investors, specialist infrastructure funds and corporations on high-profile and high-value infrastructure projects. As part of a large global network, it is well placed to handle cross-border transactions and is well versed in the full life cycle of projects, from fund formation to structuring and financing, through to disputes and litigation, and M&A. Michael Bates and Toby Parkinson jointly head the team, with Bates being a key name for infrastructure financing, and Parkinson recommended for highly regulated transactions. Other key practitioners include Clare Burgess, who is experienced in multi-source infrastructure financings and leads the firm’s global green finance initiative, and Michael Pearson, who is a name to note for PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bates; Toby Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Clare Burgess; Michael Pearson; Charlotte Madden; Alex Dimsdale-Gill; Jonathan Dillon

Testimonials

‘Large and skilled teams with high-quality partners and committed and promising associates’.

‘Highly skilled people always available to share views’.

‘Availability and commitment to deliver against tight timelines’.

‘Creative, with a good business sense’.

‘Successful track record of exposure to the infra financing market which can be capitalised on to tailor make new solutions for live transactions’.

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

Arcus Infrastructure

Brookfield

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

EQT Infrastructure

KKR

Partners Group

OMERS

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

TPG Capital

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Interogo Holdings

Infracapital

AMP Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure on its acquisition and financing of a 49% interest in Telia Towers, one of the largest tower operators in Finland and Norway and Telia Towers Sweden.
  • Advised Partners Group on the acquisition and financing of Parmaco, a leading Finnish education infrastructure platform
  • Advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and KKR Infrastructure on the acquisition of an 80% interest in Caruna Oy

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP offers clients ‘broad and deep knowledge and experience that works in a complementary and constructive way’. It acts for oil majors, major independents and financial institutions on corporate, financing and dispute resolution matters internationally. The team is headed by Graham Phillips, Alex Panayides and Sydney’s Nadia Kalic; Phillips is a name to note for M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors; and Panayides is recommended for international litigation and arbitration. Russell Wells handles commercial, corporate and finance matters related to the oil and gas, and power sectors and has particular experience of transactions in emerging markets. David Lewis left for White & Case LLP in December 2021 and Massimo Amoruso joined as director from Freshfields in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Graham Phillips; Alex Panayides; Nadia Kalic (Sydney)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong disputes capability – true oil and gas arbitration specialists’.

‘User friendly, pragmatic and hard working’.

‘The Clifford Chance team provided multi expertise (including tax and maritime law) on a multi-jurisdictional M&A transaction’.

‘This full range of advisory services have been provided with the highest quality standard’.

‘Graham Phillips has been involved in all the strategic and structuring decisions, with the highest customer care’.

‘Strong industry focus. Instinctive ability to recognise client interests’.

‘The team has broad and deep knowledge and experience that works in a complementary and constructive way with my teams’.

‘Alex Panayides is one of the best disputes lawyers in the business’.

Key clients

Shell

Equinor

ENGIE

Total

Harbour Energy

Eni

Sinopec

Gunvor

Adani Group

SOCAR

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Soco International

Baker Hughes

Eroton

Work highlights

  • Advised Chrysaor Holdings Limited (“Chrysaor”), the UK’s leading independent North Sea oil and gas group, on the completion of its all share merger with Premier Oil plc through a reverse takeover, which included the reorganisation of Premier’s existing debt and cross-currency swaps.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) in relation to an amendment and extension of a EUR1.6bn loan financing originally obtained in connection with GIP’s acquisition of a stake in Naturgy Energy Group, S.A., the Spanish natural gas and electrical energy utilities company.
  • Representing a prominent Oil & Gas client in multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings, following three successful commercial arbitrations (and related actions).

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP is at the forefront with regards to renewable power projects such as nuclear, offshore wind and low-carbon energies like hydrogen and CCUS. It fields a multi-disciplinary team providing expertise across all practice areas including corporate M&A, finance, projects, construction, litigation and dispute resolution. Dispute resolution is one of the corner stones of the energy offering with contentious matters being resolved through litigation ad arbitration. Russell Wells heads the energy and resources sector group and advises on transactions in emerging markets. James Pay focuses on the development of floating offshore wind projects while Jeremy Connick specialises in advising sponsors and lenders. John Wilkins and Nicholas Hughes are key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Russell Wells

Testimonials

‘A proper law firm with the full complement of competencies and lawyers that are prepared to give proper commercial legal advice and happy to take a position on things rather than treating all questions as theoretically possible and using it as an opportunity to cross-sell extraneous legal advice.’

‘Clare Burgess is a stand out individual. She is a force of nature and a wonder to behold in negotiations getting things done in an efficient and commercial manner keeping everyone on track. She quickly dismisses nonsense from counterparties by simply refusing to entertain it whilst managing at the same time to herself be entertaining.’

Key clients

Vattenfall

Iberdrola

Climeworks

Actis LLP

Globeleq

Whitetail Energy

EDF

Genser Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners

AIP Management

Azura Power

AP Moller Capital

CDPQ

Eolien Maritime Ventures

Standard Bank South Africa

CDC Group

Us International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Vattenfall on the agreement with BASF on the sale of 49.5% of the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid.
  • Advised on the development of the new Sizewell C nuclear power station in the UK.
  • Advised Globeleq and its consortium partners on the development and financing of the transformational Temane power project in Mozambique.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has a strong track record in complex real estate developments and is particularly well known for its City and Canary Wharf headquarter projects. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as corporate real estate acquisition and joint venture work. The group demonstrates significant cross-border expertise with Angela Kearns focusing on inbound investment work from the APAC region, particularly from Japan, while Mark Payne and Alis Pay assist international investors on a range of deals, including pan-European portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, the group has impressive credentials for acting on major HQ transactions for both occupiers and landlords and is involved in several secondary market lettings. Matt Taylor has experience in largescale landlord/tenant matters, with an emphasis acting on the tenant-side. Head of London real estate Nigel Howorth has a strong energy-related practice that includes advising on power station developments. Ian Painter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Testimonials

‘The CC team has great strength and depth and there are no weak links. Their technical and commercial skills are exemplary. They are also very strong at finding client focused solutions to problems that arise on transactions.’

‘Excellent combination of technical knowledge and measured commercial application. Highly responsive and diligent at all levels of the team. Stand out partners would include Angela Kearns and Ian Painter.’

‘Clifford Chance is the firm to go to for big ticket occupier/HQ work on both the occupier and landlord/developer side. They differentiate themselves from other firms with a magic circle stamp of quality and full service offering, delivered by a market leading team. I have no hesitation in recommending them. Their quality of work and client service (e.g. responsiveness and thinking round corners, particularly with a view to funding and exit when on landlord/developer side) is second to none and they definitely merit a top tier ranking.’

‘I’d single out Angela Kearns. She is a top quality lawyer and extremely commercial. She is my go-to lawyer for this type of work as she has a broad practice and can turn her hand to all aspects of transactions. This works for us as it means we don’t have to deal with multiple lawyers. She is on top of her game, works hard for her clients and gets deals done. She managed to deliver one of the largest (if not the largest) pre-let in the film studios sector this year.’

‘Outstanding practice, commercial, excellent client communication and relation skills’

‘Alis Pay is an outstanding lawyer. She has been instrumental in helping us win our new office space – her legal knowledge is outstanding, she is very efficient and commercial and client oriented. She manages her team very well. From a client perspective, there is seamless coverage.

‘James Law is an outstanding senior associate. He has been of great help negotiating our lease assignment. Always on top of his things and available for his client. Moreoever, he is a great partner to work with. Great team!’

‘Professionality, clever approach in problem solving.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Helical plc

NorthWest Healthcare REIT

Mubadala

BGO

Angelo Gordon

Macquarie

Nuffield College, in the University of Oxford

Apollo Global Management

Canary Wharf Group

Generali Real Estate

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Circle and Diesel on the disposal of the freehold interest in Diesel’s UK HQ at 55 Argyle Street, London, to Heatherwick Studios.
  • Advised BGO in connection with the pre-letting of The Bloom to tech company and photo messaging app Snapchat in a deal that more than doubled Snapchat’s office footprint in London.
  • Advised the Sadler’s Wells Foundation on several strategic occupier matters at their theatres including the granting of leases at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre to several associated artists and companies, the occupational arrangements at the Peacock Theatre, and the ongoing development of the new Stratford Waterfront dance theatre in Stratford.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has a strong track record in complex real estate developments and is particularly well known for its City and Canary Wharf headquarter projects. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as corporate real estate acquisition and joint venture work. The group demonstrates significant cross-border expertise with Angela Kearns focusing on inbound investment work from the APAC region, particularly from Japan, while Mark Payne and Alis Pay assist international investors on a range of deals, including pan-European portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, the group has impressive credentials for acting on major HQ transactions for both occupiers and landlords and is involved in several secondary market lettings. Matt Taylor has experience in largescale landlord/tenant matters, with an emphasis acting on the tenant-side. Head of London real estate Nigel Howorth has a strong energy-related practice that includes advising on power station developments. Ian Painter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Effective advice always delivered by deadlines; strength in depth across the team. When you need it, the CC drafting nearly always leaves you in a positive position.’

‘Excellent knowledge and understanding of full development cycle and all component parts including tax, financing, planning, construction and development. Particularly strong on complex and innovative structuring. Highly solutions driven.’

‘Extremely responsive with ability to tailor solutions to our specific business requirements and needs.

‘We have been working with the CC team on a set of construction contracts that are very heavily amended and quite complex. They are very good, consistently looking out for the client’s interests. Overall consistently thoughtful and considered in their advice.’

‘I have worked with Clifford Chance on a number of long running development projects over the years, they are second to none.  As they are full service, their team can cover the full lifecycle of developments, bringing expertise at all stages of the development. I like them because they stick with you and are genuinely excited about what you are creating. They work together seamlessly behind the scenes and the partners and directors seem to genuinely like each other and enjoy working together and it comes across. Highly recommend!’

‘I’d would absolutely single out Angela Kearns who is not only good fun to work with but a top quality lawyer, extremely commercial and a true development specialist. She is my go to lawyer as she has a broad practice and can turn her hand to the full lifecycle of projects, including the initial development structuring, rights of light, pre-letting, funding and ultimate exit. This is a real bonus as it means we don’t have to deal with multiple lawyers. She is on top of her game, works hard for her clients and gets deals done. She definitely deserves to be ranked as a Leading Individual in this category.’

‘We had a strong experience with the CC team as they helped us navigate entering a new market during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an inability for us to travel to the site. They defended our legal position well against an experienced counterparty and ensured that we were we were well informed. The team was large but collaborated well to ensure that information was disseminated appropriately. The team’s gender diversity was strong but ethnic diversity was average. Overall, we would recommend the firm and team but only on more complex transactions. Their fees are above market for relatively straightforward property transactions.’

‘We had a great experience with Alis Pay and Sarah Dawson, who were our main contacts through the transaction. They were available and ready to help us understand the market’s nuances.’

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 Garden

Heimstaden

Helical plc

Hillwood

JTRE

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Native Land

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on their 50:50 development joint venture with Ivanhoe Cambridge for the redevelopment of Stonecutter Court in Farringdon, London.
  • Advised Helical plc on the acquisition 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4, the London HQ of international law firm Baker McKenzie, for a cash consideration of £160m.
  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad, a leading residential real estate company in Europe, on their acquisition of Soho Wharf in Birmingham for £160m from Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP operates across a broad range of construction markets, including energy, oil and gas, mining, transport, infrastructure and real estate, acting for developer, funder and contractor clients. It has a core focus on domestic and international renewable energy matters, alongside an established nuclear practice. It is also well regarded for its work in emerging construction sectors, particularly for green hydrogen production facilities, green steel, carbon capture, and biofuel matters. David Metzger leads the group, with expertise across the energy, infrastructure and real estate development sectors. Sandy Hall‘s practice is focused on energy transition in the UK and the Caspian region, whilst Marianne Toghill specialises in large urban regeneration projects. Edward Bretherton is also notable for his expertise in wind, solar and new nuclear projects.

Practice head(s):

David Metzger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Effective advice always delivered by deadlines, with strength in depth across the team.’

‘Marianne Toghill is an expert and provides market leading insights and advice delivered with high efficiency.’

‘A well run team with a very commercial approach and a fast turnaround. Work is resourced appropriately. Very friendly and collaborative, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Adam Waite is very responsive and detailed in his work. Good at remembering what threads are outstanding and need chasing.’

‘Ed Bretherton is not only deeply knowledgeable in this sector but he is exceptionally commercial, able to navigate negotiations between lender and borrower in a balanced and equitable manner, making for a much smoother execution.’

‘Their knowledge on construction contracts is excellent, allied to their constant desire to be tested and learn from case study. Their input during contract negotiations remains friendly but firm and well measured.’

‘Availability, knowledge, agility and dedication. The service is really unique and personalised, particularly in relation to Sandy Hall and Simon Smith.’

‘David Metzger stands out at the top of premier league of non-contentious construction lawyers.’

Key clients

Battersea Project Land Company Limited

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic

US Department of Energy

Native Land

Electricite de France

EDF Energies Nouvelles

NTT

Aldau

PlatformCo Hidrogeno

8 Rivers Capital LLC

AIG

Work highlights

  • Advising PlatformCo Hidrogeno as developer of HyDeal Asturias, a multi-billion Euro, multi-GW green hydrogen project including a fleet of solar to gas plants and a green H2 pipeline feeding industrial and other offtakers in Asturias, Spain.
  • Advising 8 Rivers LLC as developer of a net zero power plant in Teesside using state-of-the-art technology to generate highly-efficient, low-cost energy from natural gas and capturing exhaust CO2 for commercial purposes or sequestration.
  • Advising Egyptian based developer, Aldau, on the construction of their first development in the UK, 4 Portal Way, which will be the tallest residential building in London.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP‘s international network of offices enables the team to handle complex multi-jurisdictional cases, including a growing amount of ESG-related work – which involves, among other things, climate change, health and safety issues and environmental regulation. The team has expertise in the environmental aspects of complex major infrastructure and development projects. It benefits from the presence of high-profile individuals including practice head Nigel Howorth, who has deep experience across environmental disputes, claims management and litigation. ‘PhenomenalMichael Coxall also contributes to the team with his experience advising clients on the EU REACH chemicals and biocides regimes, among other areas. The team has developed a global ESG newsletter setting out legal, policy and market developments in relation to ESG in many jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Michael Coxall; Kirsty Souter; Anneke Theelen

Testimonials

‘We chose to work with the Environment team at Clifford Chance because of 1) the specific individuals and 2) the ability of the firm to cover the full range of legal services that we required for the transaction in question. This included the M&A, financing, public takeover and tax teams.’

‘Our main contact was Nigel Howorth who was excellent and the reason that we chose to work with this team. He was very good at not just explaining very technical issues in a way that everybody else on the deal team could understand but his experience allowed him to contextualise the issues which is very important in this area.’

‘Very strong sector knowledge, especially in energy, combined with good old fashioned commercial understanding, especially in the M&A context.’

‘Michael Coxall remains a phenomenal knowledge on environmental law. His depth doesn’t seem to be challenged by the continued broadening of that area of law.’

‘Nigel Howorth is one of the most experienced practitioners in the environmental and energy law spaces. He seems equally comfortable with a regulatory or a transactional hat on.’

‘Great service. They had excellent knowledge of the national and local regimes and frameworks and were able to provide support across the spectrum, from high level strategic advice to teams of junior lawyers to support the necessary heavy lifting.’

‘Nigel Howorth – great technical knowledge but allied to a pragmatic / practical approach which enables the business to focus on the critical risks / issues. Very personable and able to communicate effectively across all levels of the business.’

‘Clifford Chance is our go-to firm for all matters involving environmental, health & safety, and chemical registration and related matters in the UK and throughout the EU.’

Key clients

Official Receiver

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP

Ancala

DP World

Partners Group

easyJet

Chrysaor

Aviation Working Group

EQT

CBRE Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advising the Official Receiver of the Baglan group of companies on numerous environmental and health & safety issues associated with the liquidation of the Baglan Bay gas turbine power station.
  • Advising Chrysaor on four bespoke verified emissions reduction purchase agreements, with three different counterparties.
  • Advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLP on the environmental aspects of it’s £9.95 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP’s thriving real estate finance group advises a wide range of clients, including lenders, sponsors, investors and borrowers, on large and complex UK-based and cross-border real estate transactions. Barry O’Shea leads the team and has a thriving pan-European practice, advising both lenders and borrowers on restructurings, acquisitions and structured debt. ‘Seasoned partner‘ Andrew Carnegie has expertise in real estate finance and arrangements, insolvency matters, structured finance and securitisation, especially regarding cross-border work and hotel assets. Praised as ‘fantastic’, Emma Matebalavu sits as co-head of the firm’s global financial market group and is experienced in UK and European financing, including CRE loan portfolio sales and loan on loan financings, and commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) transactions. Laura Smallcombe is especially strong in handling structured real estate debt products, and Claire Fawcett, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, acts for both sponsors and lenders across a range of real estate financial transactions. Will Sutton joined the team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in January 2022, whilst Jane Cheong Tung Sing has taken up a general counsel role.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The full service offering is very attractive.’

‘They can help you originate, repack, warehouse, repo or securitise and the different teams and jurisdictions work well together. Technically excellent.’

‘Impressive knowledgeable and strong team that produce good work product and are well informed with respect to the market.’

‘Andrew Carnegie is a seasoned partner with a wealth of experience. He can give you the steer you need on where the market is, was and where it should be.’

‘Laura Smallcombe has an amazing career ahead of her. She is technically excellent, organised and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Barry O’Shea is a go-to partner for every deal. He is commercial and solution-oriented, and transactions are truly in safe hands with him’

‘Emma Matebalavu is fantastic: she knows the market, the participants, has unparalleled legal skills and is also a lovely person.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Apollo

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Blackstone

Wells Fargo

JP Morgan

Fortress Investment Group

Davidson Kempner

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the financing Apollo’s acquisition from Enpam of a portfolio of properties, including office, housing, hospitality and logistics principally located in the Rome, Lombardy and Milan regions of Italy.    
  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on Sage AR Funding 2021 PLC.
  • Acted for the borrower on a hybrid real estate and whole business financing secured on data centres in the UK.

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP acts for a range of top international blue-chip clients across the full spectrum of corporate governance issues, including compliance, regulatory and risk management matters. The practice stands out for its dedicated international ESG board and strong global platform, allowing it to handle cross-border mandates with ease. David Pudge co-heads the team and acts for financial institutions and corporate entities on transactions and governance issues, including shareholder engagement, annual general meetings (AGMs) and board effectiveness reviews. Luke Tolaini, who jointly leads the team, is a key name for corporate crises and investigations brought by regulators; Steven Fox is recommended for public company-related law, including regulatory and compliance matters, and Richard Crosby handles M&A, equity capital markets matters and restructurings. Rae Lindsay is a litigation and disputes practitioner with considerable expertise in ESG matters, policy development and implementation, due diligence and risk management, while at the more junior end of the team, senior associate Alanna Hunter is recommended for advice pertaining to AGMs, market abuse regulation and governance policies.

Practice head(s):

David Pudge; Luke Tolaini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep subject matter expertise, responsiveness and excellent engagement’.

‘Focus on the client’s needs’.

‘The team consistently delivers commercial and practical advice tailored to our circumstances, based on its second-to-none legal and regulatory insights’.

‘The responsiveness of our main client partner, David Pudge, and his capacity to deliver consistently the highest quality commercial advice is outstanding’.

‘They bring a pragmatic, approachable style to solve complex problems’.  

‘Strength in depth at all levels of seniority’.

‘Superb technical knowledge and very responsive’.

‘Steven Fox is an absolute star. Capable of managing challenging board level issues with pragamatic and clear advice’. 

Key clients

Admiral

Antofagasta

Barclays

C&C Group

Devro

easyJet

French Connection

Glencore

Halfords

Harbour Energy

HSBC Informa

ITV

Jupiter Fund Management

Legal & General

Meggitt

Pharos Energy

Provident Financial

Serco

THG

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Advised THG plc (formerly the Hut Group Limited) on its IPO onto the standard listing segment of the UKLA’s Official List and the LSE’s main market in September 2020, and continued to advise it across the full spectrum of corporate governance work.
  • Worked with Serco in all aspects of its recovery, following charging irregularities in relation to contracts with the MOJ.
  • Advised HSBC Holdings plc on the full range of corporate governance and corporate advisory issues.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has expertise across M&A, technology, data privacy, financial regulation and insurtech matters. Other areas of focus include capital markets, tax, antitrust, intellectual property, ethics, cybersecurity and litigation work. The practice advises tech-focused corporates and financial institutions, regulators and governments, insurance companies, financial investors and disruptors. Simon Crown leads the team alongside Jonathan Kewley, with the latter focusing on the cutting-edge areas of technology ethics, data, AI, cybersecurity and blockchain regulation. Kate Scott completes the leadership trio, specialising in fintech litigation. Monica Sah is recognised for her work relating to regulatory change for global financial institutions and disruptor blockchain providers. André Duminy, also head of the firm’s London technology sector focus group, global outsourcing department and UK commercial practice, is another key member of the team, while senior associate Diego Ballon Ossio advises technology companies, financial institutions and other market participants on the regulatory aspects of digital asset trading and custody issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Crown; Jonathan Kewley; Kate Scott

Testimonials

‘Andre Duminy navigated an extremely difficult and complex anti-trust led auction process in a tight timeline involving the market leading fintech wrap platform business with global application.’

‘Andrey Duminy and Monica Sah provide oversight and insights that can make the difference between success and stagnation.

‘Diego Ballon Ossio was able to provide a service that several other Magic Circle law firms were unable to.’

‘Diego Ballon Ossio was our main point of contact and was incredible throughout.’

‘Diego Ballon Ossio’s ability to provide practical and commercial advice within a sector that is notoriously difficult to navigate was a true joy to watch.’

‘Diego Ballon Ossio is an exceptional lawyer and has extensive knowledge and understanding of his subject matter from both a legal and commercial standpoint.’

‘Monica Sah was extremely approachable and committed – she and her team deserve a 5 star review for the quality of their advice and service.’

‘Diego Ballon Ossio is technically very good. He understands the financial services sector very well and applies this to fintech and crypto.’

Key clients

Mastercard International Incorporated

Anchorage Capital Partners

FIS

Payward Ltd (Kraken)

Coinbase

Paysafe

MarketAxess

City Football Group Ltd (Manchester City Football Club)

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited

Solstarter

Work highlights

  • Represented Mastercard on its acquisition of Nets’ account-to-account payments business.
  • Advised Anchorage Capital Partners, a leading global private equity fund with extensive financial services and systems experience, on the acquisition of GBST, a leading global wealth management platform from FNZ.
  • Advised a large fortune 500 fintech company on its largest ever outsourcing taking over a US investment management firm’s core operation (including around 800 staff and existing systems and processes).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP has a thriving telecoms practice, handling major transactions in the telecoms sector and advising clients on digital infrastructure relating to fibre networks, data centres and telecoms towers. It also advises clients on large IT outsourcing and strategic contracting work, as well as regulatory issues and cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain. Department head André Duminy focuses on commercial transactions, M&A, technology projects and outsourcing arrangements; he is also very active in the fintech and insurtech space and has acted for start-ups and large institutions investing in start-ups and their technology. Jennifer Mbaluto is co-head of the firm's East Africa practice and leads the technology M&A practice with strength in emerging African markets. Jonathan Kewley is also of note as co-head of the firm’s technology group, with a strong practice focused on cutting-edge technology ethics, data, AI, cybersecurity and blockchain regulation. Zayed Al Jamil joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The availability of senior partners, together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups, is a key part of the offering.’

‘Highly commercial and diligent practice group with a clear understanding of client objectives and timelines.’

‘The team is creative and solution focused, whilst being flexible and nimble.’

‘Jennifer Mbaluto and André Duminy can navigate extremely difficult and complex anti-trust led auction processes to a tight timeline.’

Key clients

Africell

Allegro

Anchorage Capital Partners

Block.one

Cellnex Telecom

Delivery Hero

EE

Epic Games

EQT

FIS

G.Network Communications

HQLAx

LZ Labs

Panasonic

Sitecore

State Street

Spotify

Telefonica

Tencent

The Hut Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex on the acquisition of the European telecoms towers business of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10bn.
  • Advised Telefónica on the £31bn merger of O2 UK mobile phone company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider to create the 50/50 JV “Virgin Media O2”.
  • Advised FIS on its 10-year outsourcing transaction with Franklin Resources, Inc.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

With Paul Carrington at the helm at Clifford Chance LLP the rail team has consistently acted on the UK’s market leading rail projects over the last 30 years. It has an in-depth understanding of the rail industry and works on behalf of major rail infrastructure bodies, rail sector financiers and manufacturers as well as rail operators. It also works alongside its excellent construction and infrastructure teams on a range of complex rail projects and construction contracts and it is adept at handling complicated franchising matters and rolling stock procurements. Carrington also has extensive experience in structured finance and corporate restructuring work in the rail sector. Michael Pearson advises on major rail projects in the UK and internationally. Ranbir Hunjan specialises in asset financing, leasing and banking in the rail sector. Alain Dodds and Dominic Watts are other significant members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carrington

Key clients

LGIM

Network Rail

Rock Rail

Aviva

Hitachi

The Royal Bank of Scotland

SMBC

ING

Lombard

EQT Infrastructure

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Advising Rock in relation to a further major variation to their Manufacture and Supply Agreement with Bombardier Transportation for rolling stock for South Western Railway.
  • Advising Rock in relation to a lease for 150 electric multiple unit vehicles to be operated on various routes terminating in Moorgate, linked to the new National Rail Contract for Govia Thameslink Railway Limited (“GTR”).
  • Advising Hitachi on its agreement to acquire Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP fields a team with significant experience across M&A, finance, funds, real estate and tax structuring. Team lead and UK head of tax Chris Davies has more than 30 years’ experience in the practice area, and specialises in structured finance. David Harkness advises large corporates and financial institutions on high value tax matters, particularly those with international elements. Anthony Stewart covers investment funds, and has experience working with fund managers across Europe. Other key names include David Saleh, who leads on real estate tax, and Richard Kalaher, who handles cross-border M&A. Jemma Dick, Nicola Hemsley, and Laura Underhill, were promoted to partner within the department in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Davies

Testimonials

‘David Saleh and his team are very proactive in terms of client relationship management and tax planning for them – very explicit, clear and concise (especially for clients who have no understanding of the UK tax landscape – it can sometimes be a back to basics exercise).’

‘The quality of the people, especially the partners, is excellent and consistently so. They have a wide client base in my sector and a breadth of experience which is valuable and differentiates them from more niche competitors.’

‘David Harkness is a trusted adviser. I feel I can rely on him to provide well considered input and I trust him to handle the most sensitive issues we face. He has engaged very well with our business and delivered constructive advice.’

‘Proactiveness and responsiveness from David and team, despite his seniority, there is a proactive nature to client satisfaction and going over and above to assist/explain.’

Key clients

Heimstaden Bostad AB

EQT Exeter

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Allianz Real Estate

ICG (Intermediate Capital Group)

Gamesys Group plc

French Connection Group plc

Telefonica Tech

Citibank NA

Work highlights

  • Advising Citi on its announced exit from consumer banking in 13 jurisdictions in Asia and Europe.
  • Advising Heimstaden Bostad, on the tax aspects of their acquisition of Soho Wharf in Birmingham for £160 million from Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes.
  • Advising Intermediate Capital Group plc, on the tax aspects of the formation and closings of ICG Recovery Fund II – a fund established to focus on investments in the special situations and tactical opportunities space.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘dedicated’ competition law team represents a number of household names including Amazon, Spotify and Mastercard. The team has a very strong practice in the tech, fintech and pharma sectors and also regularly advises on antitrust and foreign investment clearances for complex mergers. Greg Olsen, who has served on Bank of England and European Central Bank antitrust working groups, leads the team. He is supported by an impressive bench of partners including former Director of the CMA mergers group Nelson Jung and cartel and market investigations expert Alex Nourry . Sue Hinchliffe, who joined from General Electric in June 2021, brings more than 20 years of private practice experience to the team.

Practice head(s):

Greg Olsen

Other key lawyers:

Alex Nourry; Nelson Jung; Sue Hinchliffe; Jennifer Storey; Chandralekha Ghosh; Aniko Adam

Testimonials

‘The availability of senior partners together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups was a key part of the success of a recent acquisition of ours.’

‘Diligent and with a clear understanding of client objectives and timelines’

‘Creative and solutions focused while being flexible and nimble’

‘Very dedicated, work well together, regular billing and updates’

‘Nelson Jung & Aniko Adam navigated an extremely difficult and complex anti-trust led auction process in a tight timeline.’

‘Greg Olsen manages the complexities very well; is always available and provides answers clearly and in plain English.

‘Jenny Storey wraps around the client and takes the time to understand complicated and non-standard structures.’

Key clients

Amazon

Spotify

Mondelez International

Mastercard

Comcast / NBCUniversal

General Electric

Inmarsat

Delivery Hero

CD&R

CVC

Work highlights

  • Advising Amazon on multi-jurisdictional merger filings associated with its acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios. The firm is advising on all merger fillings outside of the US, including the EU filing.
  • Advising Cellnex on its acquisition of Arqiva’s telecommunications towers business, which was cleared unconditionally by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) at Phase 1.
  • Represented Mastercard in securing conditional antitrust clearance for its €2.85 billion acquisition of Nets’ account-to-account (“A2A”) payments business.

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

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

Clifford Chance LLP is instructed by a range of prominent PE houses to handle some of the largest, most complex transactions in the market. In 2021, the practice acted on a number of high-profile public-to-private deals, most notably advising Clayton Dubilier & Rice on its acquisition of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc. Carve-outs, secondary transactions and co-investments are also areas of growth for the team. London practice head Christopher Sullivan is particularly noted for his work on secondaries, while global head of PE Jonny Myers remains active across buyouts and exits. Spencer Baylin is ‘incredibly bright with years of experience behind him’ and serves as relationship partner for many of the firm’s key clients.  The team brought in Neil Evans from Mayer Brown International LLP in January 2022, strengthening its relationships with KKR and Blackstone Real Estate. Oliver Marcuse was promoted to partner in April 2022 and focuses on secondary deals and co-investments. Simon Tinkler left the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Baylin; Jonny Myers; Neil Evans; Oliver Marcuse; Shimin Lee; Charlotte Madden

Testimonials

‘Strong private equity team with years of experience. Excellent at complex transactions and always able to find an agreeable solution to ensure the deal moves forward.’

‘Spencer Baylin is incredibly bright with years of experience behind him. Whatever deal you are doing he has seen it before and knows the best way forward. Shimin Lee is a stand out associate and true rising star.’

‘The CC team totally gets client needs: they can look around corners, delivering solutions not problems, thinking as if part of our team. They really do operate as a single European team, but we rely on London to lead from the front. International and pan-European transactions are really where they excel. They advise on the whole PE investment cycle and most material institutional and reputational issues from investment through growth, financing, governance changes and eventual exit.’

‘Jonny and Spencer as client relationship leaders are stars and deliver the team yet are surrounded by rising stars. No matter who they are up against for us or working together with they are market leaders.’

Key clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cinven

Permira

Onex

Blackstone

CVC Capital Partners

Partners Group

EQT

Actis

KKR

Work highlights

  • Advised CD&R on its £9.95 billion (enterprise value) acquisition of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc.
  • Advised Cinven on a major investment in True Potential, with the company’s founders, management, and private equity firm FTV Capital selling an undisclosed, majority stake in the business to Cinven.
  • Advised Cinven on the agreement reached with Restaurant Brands Iberia’s (“RB Iberia”), current shareholders (the founding families and Burger King Europe GmbH) on its acquisition of a majority stake in RB Iberia’s share capital.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Clients note Clifford Chance LLP for combining ‘the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch‘. The team has a strong track record in acting in fraud and asset recovery matters, often seeking interim relief and securing recoveries through trial or settlement. Kelwin Nicholls is knowledgeable in fraud disputes arising out of business transactions. The group is led by Russia, France and Middle East-specialist Matthew Scully, and also includes Roger Leese, who is sought out by trusts and financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Scully

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I think its one of the best practices in this sector in the world. You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team.’

‘Luke Tolani is one of the very best; manages very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’

Key clients

Serco Group Plc

Panasonic Europe B.V.

Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd

Apax Partners

Deutsche Bank

Terra Firma

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

With a solid and experienced competition litigation team, regularly handling significant antitrust claims and cartel investigations, Clifford Chance LLP sits ‘at the top of the pile’ according to clients. Some significant recent mandates include representing Fortnite creators Epic Games in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Google, handling abuse of dominance issues under TFEU provisions, and matters relating to the UK Competition Act. The group also represents noteworthy clients such as EE and Pfizer, and acted for the latter in an appeal before the Supreme Court. Members of the team have backgrounds in public law, criminal law, technology and regulatory investigations, supplementing the practice. Elizabeth Morony heads up the antitrust litigation team and conducts both claimant and defendant litigation, while Luke Tolaini is described by as the team’s ‘star operator‘, and Ben Jasper is a key name to senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Morony

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance are unquestionably at the very top of the pile when it comes to competition litigation. The roster of recent and ongoing cases is astonishing.’

‘Luke Tolaini is their star operator. He can turn his hand to any litigation but has successfully leveraged his white collar litigation practice into competition litigation. Extraordinary tactical sense and a nose for a winning point. Ben Jasper is a partner in all but name. His output is astonishing and in every case he quickly ends up more expert in the area of law than all of the expert lawyers in the case – a phenomenon.’

‘Superb team. Collaborative, measured. Well resourced.’

‘Sam Ward – clever and conscientious.’

Key clients

Cinven

EE

Epic Games

Pfizer Inc. and Pfizer Limited

Xellia and Alpharma LLC

Work highlights

  • Defending EE in a high-profile claim brought on behalf of the administrators of Phones 4 U, the now-defunct mobile phone retailer, for breaches of competition law and for breach of contract.
  • Acting for Epic Games in a claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Alphabet/Google, relating to Fortnite, one of the most popular computer games in the world used by millions of consumers worldwide.
  • Representing Pfizer in relation to the CMA’s re-investigation into phenytoin, its successful representation before the Court of Appeal relating to the CMA’s original decision, and an appeal before the Supreme Court in relation to the recovery of Pfizer’s costs of its successful appeal before the tribunal.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 2

With clients ranging from high-profile financial institutions, to major energy and construction companies as well as states, Clifford Chance LLP‘s London practice has a strong track record in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Global co-head of international arbitration Audley Sheppard KC, specialises in major disputes involving infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment; Rob Lambert‘s recent work includes acting for energy and infrastructure companies in multi-jurisdictional disputes; Alex Panayides leads on the firm’s Africa strategy; Marie Berard has longstanding international commercial arbitration experience; and Jessica Gladstone focuses on public international law disputes. At senior associate level Christina Schuetz is an investment treaty arbitration specialist; Eraldo d’Atri has energy and financial sector expertise; Anna Kirkpatrick‘s experience includes multiple arbitrations; and Sam Brown acts in arbitrations across several jurisdictional seats. An expert in complex breach of contract claims, Sachin Trikha was recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Audley Sheppard KC

Key clients

Aabar Investments PJS

Manchester City Football Club

POSCO E&C

Invenergy Renewable (US)

Kingsgate Consolidated

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining Kenya

Churchill Mining

Planet Mining Pty

Odebrecht Latinvest

Invenergy Renewable (US)

Work highlights

  • Representing POSCO E&C in a $2bn-plus ICC arbitration, arising in connection with the development and construction of a new smart city near Incheon, Seoul.
  • Representing Manchester City Football Club in arbitration proceedings against the Premier League (PL), arising from a PL investigation into compliance with its rules.
  • Representing Odebrecht in an ICSID arbitration against the republic of Peru, in relation to the termination of a concession contract to build and operate a pipeline for the transportation of natural gas.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Clifford Chance LLP‘s contentious tax practice has expertise in complex international and cross border investigations and disputes involving VAT. Recent highlights include advising in relation to a dispute around the tax treatment of foreign tax credits. Co-head David Saleh has particular expertise in real estate-related taxes while other co-head David Harkness specialises in corporate and finance tax. Associate Nicola Hemsley focuses on tax disputes with clients such as financial investors and institutions.

Practice head(s):

David Saleh; David Harkness

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Major banks

Investment funds

Corporate entities

Work highlights

    Employment > Employers Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP‘s full-service employment practice has seen a significant rise in instructions relating to Covid-19 related issues, such as vaccination status and data protection issues, as well as in the implementation of the new remuneration regime under the MIFIDPRU Remuneration Code. Other areas of involvement include regulatory changes affecting financial services, regulatory investigations, #metoo investigations and in governance and boardroom advice. Alistair Woodland has a well-earned reputation acting for major corporate and financial sector clients on remuneration, data security and regulatory investigations. Mike Crossan supports clients on outsourcings, the Acquired Rights Directive (TUPE) and international projects. Chinwe Odimba-Chapman and Alastair Windass are the other key figures.

    Practice head(s):

    Alistair Woodland; Mike Crossan

    Testimonials

    ‘Michael and Alastair both very capable. Michael is at his best strategising on potentially contentious matters. Alastair is pragmatic and dogged, works well with corporate and wider teams.’

    ‘The team quickly understood the complex issues we were facing and partnered with us to develop a strategic plan to address it.’

    ‘They used all the resource and experience they had from working with similarly sized businesses who had similarly complex issues to deal with, and used this to help us achieve our goal.’

    Key clients

    Permira

    Blackstone

    Telefonica Tech

    BlackRock

    Actis

    EQT

    Vanguard

    The Hut Group

    Mondelez

    DK Partners

    Work highlights

    • Defended a major international bank in relation to a claim alleging discrimination, equal pay breaches and harassment, and brokered a settlement allowing for a clean break for all parties.
    • Acted as lead investigator in an ethics investigation for a major international bank following allegations about retaliation against a potential whistleblower, straddling employment and regulatory considerations.
    • Acting for a leading international bank in relation to claims brought by a former employee, who had been dismissed for gross misconduct on the grounds that he had misled clients.

    Finance > High yield Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP has a ‘skilled, patient, collaborative and efficient team that makes high yield bond offering processes as smooth as possible‘. Practice head Michael Dakin was involved in one of the most complex deals in the market, having acted for Codere Group on the issuance of multiple tranches of new high yield bridge notes. The restructuring process also included multiple private placements of additional notes offered to the existing bondholders. Andrew Kelly gets ‘a particular shout-out for consistently bringing his A-game‘. John Connolly who specialises in US securities law advice, including advice in connection with registered securities offerings, Rule 144A offerings, private placements and Regulation S offerings, also plays a key role in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Dakin

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Skilled, patient, collaborative, and efficient team has made our multiple HY bond offering processes as smooth as possible.’

    ‘Particular shout-out to Andrew Kelly for consistently bringing his A-game!’

    ‘Andrew Kelly is an excellent technician and user-friendly.’

    ‘Clifford Chance partners are highly responsive, dedicated, and are highly proficient in emerging markets and high yield.’

    ‘In particular, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Andrew Kelly; Andrew is exceptionally hands-on, extremely approachable, and his legal advice has been invaluable in ensuring smooth transaction executions.’

    Key clients

    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

    Banco Santander, S.A.

    BofA Securities Europe S.A.

    BNP Paribas

    Credit Suisse Securities

    Sociedad de Valores, S.A.

    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

    Goldman Sachs

    HSBC Continental Europe S.A.

    ING Bank N.V.

    Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A.

    Morgan Stanley Europe SE

    Raiffeisen Bank International AG

    Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft

    UBS AG

    UniCredit Bank AG

    Citigroup Global Markets Limited

    J.P. Morgan Securities plc

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Rand Merchant Bank

    Absa Bank Limited

    RBC Capital Markets

    LLC

    Access Bank Plc

    Barclays

    Credit Agricole

    ING

    RBC

    Gunvor

    HSBC

    Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets

    NatWest Markets

    Santander

    Bank Pekao

    PKO

    Codere Group

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Telefonica

    NewDay Bondco Plc

    Aedas Homes Opco, SLU

    Cinven

    True Potential

    Work highlights

    • Advised Codere Group on the issuance of multiple tranches of new high yield “bridge” notes in advance of and in connection with a consensual restructuring.
    • Advised the Initial Purchasers in connection with the issuance of senior notes by IHS Holding Limited. The bond offering consisted of (i) US$500 million 5.625% Senior Notes due 2026 and (ii) US$500 million 6.250% Senior Notes due 2028.
    • Advised BNPP, Barclays, BofA, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, ING and RBC as initial purchasers in connection with the issuance by BUT of €500 million 4.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2028.

    Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP regularly handles high-end, complex and multi-disciplinary work for a range of clients including investors, lenders, borrowers, operators and developers. Global real estate co-head Alis Pay and counsel Sarah Thomas lead the practice. Thomas is well regarded for her specialist knowledge across all aspects of both direct and indirect real estate equity investment. Pay's particular expertise lies within advising international investors on European portfolio transactions. Recent promotions include Laura Smallcombe who is now a partner, as of May 2022. Jane Cheong Tung Sing left the practice and now acts as general counsel at John Lewis.

    Practice head(s):

    Alis Pay; Sarah Thomas

    Testimonials

    ‘The practice comprises some exceptionally talented people ready to provide a very practical approach to the matter.’

    ‘Exceptionally good at what they do. Very committed. They approach the matter from a proprietary perspective, almost as though my problems were their problems and our success is their success.’

    Key clients

    Aldau Developments

    Corinthia Hotels

    Electra America Hospitality Group LLC

    Fortress

    JTRE

    Mitsubishi Estate London

    Morgan Stanley

    Partners Group

    Sadler’s Wells Foundation

    Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

    The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels Limited

    Wells Fargo

    Work highlights

    • Aacted for the bidders on the proposed consensual sale of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch.
    • Advised Aldau, on their first large development in the UK, including the demolition of the Holiday Inn West at Portal Way Acton and the development of a mixed use project designed by international architect KPF.
    • Acted for Wells Fargo as senior lender in connection with the acquisition refinancing of The Belfry Hotel by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Cedar.

    Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP’s healthcare and life sciences group is praised by clients for its ability to ‘hit the ground running at full tilt in order to navigate strategic and commercial issues against incredibly tight time frames’. With notable experience acting for biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare companies, the team leverages the firm’s wider network to advise on a range of global mandates spanning the entire product lifecycle. The practice is also recognised for its expertise in the health tech arena and the cannabis-based therapeutic market. Stephen Reese and Gareth Camp jointly lead the group, specialising in IP and corporate work, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Reese; Gareth Camp

    Testimonials

    ‘Clifford Chance responded with equal urgency and relevance. the team’s knowledge of the sector and its key players was invaluable and meant that we hit the ground running at full tilt in order to navigate strategic and commercial issues against incredibly tight time frames. availability was never an issue and, of real importance to me, was the way that Clifford integrated fully into the team and established rapport and transparency in the working relationship.’

    ‘I had the pleasure of working with Stephen Reese and his team on a couple of critical projects during the Covid crisis. The level of support they were able to provide to myself as the accountable project lead was first class. I particularly appreciated their astute insights into potential strategies in what was an extremely fluid, globally competitive and politically intense environment. I also hugely appreciated the way they supported my need to not take any possibility off the table in search of breakthroughs.’

    ‘Excellent sector knowledge.’

    ‘Stephen Reese has excellent sector knowledge and delivers to the brief perfectly.’

    Key clients

    Pfizer Inc

    Her Majesty’s Government

    Gyrus Capital

    Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

    AGC Biologics A/S

    Quell Therapeutics

    Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

    Cinven

    Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics

    Work highlights

    • Advising Pfizer on its global patent licensing and collaboration agreement with BioNTech for the development and commercialisation of the world’s first approved Covid-19 vaccine.
    • Advising the UK Vaccine Taskforce on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government on the IP licensing, development, manufacturing and supply of multiple vaccines to the UK population for the treatment of Covid-19.
    • Representing Pfizer before the Court of Appeal in the ongoing phenytoin case.

    Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP is a popular choice for banks, major corporate and private equity firms, maintaining a busy caseload acting for policyholders raising coverage issues and in test claims, particularly arising both in the context of the pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. Philip Hill ‘is right up there with the best’  and is active on D&O and liability insurance claims concerning the mis-selling of complex financial products, alleged fraud/breaches of duty in a transactional context, and political risk. He leads the group alongside the practices’ newest partner, Christopher Ingham, an expert in the oil, gas and energy sectors. Dorian DrewKate Scott and director Baljit Rai are recommended for financial services litigation and credit insurance.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Hill

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is able to provide strong support on the insurance regulatory side, in addition to being able to advise on the core commercial terms.’

    ‘Baljit Rai is an insurance expert and great at explaining the twists and turns of the market. Often subtle in her approach but incredibly effective. Excellent knowledge of her subject area.’

    ‘Philip Hill: His knowledge and expertise is right up there with the best and he is a pleasure to deal with.

    ‘Kate Scott: superb case management skills; really knows how to get control of a big case and is very good at foreseeing what issues the clients will need to have addressed.’

    ‘Philip Hill is very experienced and knowledgeable. Really thinks about his cases. Chris Ingham is an up and coming junior partner, who will go far.’

    ‘Christopher Ingham is a first-rate brain and a real thinker – he thinks inside and outside of the box, and no angle is left unexplored. He is capable of coming up with ideas that win cases – and that’s a rare quality. He’ a top quality insurance lawyer, and knows the industry as well as anyone.’

    ‘The insurance litigation team at Clifford Chance is absolutely excellent. All of the lawyers I have worked with have an exceptionally detailed knowledge of relevant insurance law, and great tactical and strategic insight into dealing with insurers. The team puts a premium on clear and regular communication with clients, and is very results-based in its approach.’

    ‘Philip Hillis exceptionally clever and experienced. He thinks very hard about his cases and is always on top of the law. Philip has an unrivalled ability to develop original and persuasive arguments on matters of policy construction to achieve optimal results for his clients.’

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a large number of aircraft lessors on claims to recover losses arising from the Ukraine crisis.
    • Acting for eight major sports teams in claims to recover business interruption losses incurred during the Covid pandemic.
    • Assisting numerous banks and financial institutions in the use of credit insurance for capital relief pursuant to the Basel Accords.

    Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP remains a leading name in private funds, providing comprehensive advice on complex global matters in this space and offering clients ‘deep experience across the market’. The team’s client base includes a host of multi-strategy fund managers, who come to the practice for its ability to provide advice across a range of asset classes, fund structures and key jurisdictions. Alongside its work handling the establishment of credit, private equity, infrastructure and special situations funds, the team has a noteworthy presence in secondary transactions, including GP-led restructurings and the transfer of LP interests. Following the retirement of Nigel Hatfield in April 2022, Alexandra Davidson now serves as global head of funds and investment management and has substantial expertise in high-value fund launches; she is praised as a ‘brilliant, hands-on, pragmatic lawyer’. Gerard Saviola has wide-ranging expertise in this space, having previously worked in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Alexander Chester and Jonathan Bray are also names to note in the team, while Lily Marcel was promoted to partner in May 2022 and is ‘calm and delivers a timely service’. Senior associate Vishal Mashru is praised as the ‘best right hand person you could have’.

    Practice head(s):

    Alexandra Davidson; Gerard Saviola

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexander Chester; Jonathan Bray; Lily Marcel; Stephanie Dunne; Pourab Paul; Camilla Blower; Vishal Mashru

    Testimonials

    ‘The Clifford Chance private funds team is excellent. They are a diverse, knowledgeable, down to earth and user friendly team. Their approach to billing is refreshing especially compared to their peers.’

    ‘Led by Alex Davidson who is a brilliant, hands-on, pragmatic lawyer who engenders trust in her team. Largest green funds practice in the UK by an order of magnitude. Deep team with unequalled reach. Ability to draw on their offices in other countries to assist any time, including relevant Luxembourg and NY advice. Access to partners whenever you need.’

    ‘Alex Davidson is a consummate client partner, always available with pragmatic advice, makes it look easy even when its not. Extensive knowledge of the market. Unflappable and consummately team focused. Vishal Mashru is the best right hand person you could have.’

    ‘The Private Funds team has deep experience across the market and can hold a punch when negotiating against large institutional LPs.’

    ‘Lily Marcel is calm and delivers a timely service. Her advice is clear and, given we were launching our first institutional fund, was excellent at hand holding through the process without being patronising.’

    ‘Alexandra Davidson delivers exceptionally consistent and commercial advice. She finds solution to difficult situations and never loses her cool. She is always available and is incredibly proactive in delivering top quality work product.’

    ‘The practice takes personal touch to a completely different level. Their customer service and attention to detail is impeccable.’

    ‘Gerard Saviola, Stephanie Dunne and Pourab Paul are exceptional client advocates.’

    Key clients

    Rothschild & Co Investment Managers

    HSBC Alternative Investments & HSBC Global Banking and Markets

    SUVA

    Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited & Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC

    Arcus Infrastructure Partners

    EQT AB

    ICG (Intermediate Capital Group)

    Capital Dynamics

    Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Partners

    DWS (investment management arm of Deutsche Bank)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Rothschild & Co Investment Managers on the formation of its flagship direct lending fund, Five Arrows Debt Partners III Fund.
    • Advising Arcus Infrastructure Partners on the formation of Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 3, their latest European infrastructure fund, targeting commitments of €1.5 billion.
    • Advised DWS (the investment management arm of Deutsche Bank) on the successful structuring and raising of its inaugural Private Equity Solutions Fund.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 2

    The mining and metals team at Clifford Chance LLP  advises clients on large M&A transactions and financing deals and is well supported by disputes practitioners who assist on large international litigation and arbitration. The London team sits as part of an integrated global practice which is well positioned to handle cross-border mandates and is headed by London’s James Pay, Simon Greenberg in Paris and Nicolas Cookson in Düsseldorf. Pay is experienced in mining and metals transactions in Africa, the Middle East and Europe; Audley Sheppard KC is a key name for disputes; and Luke Tolaini is recommended for investigations and enforcement work.

    Practice head(s):

    James Pay; Simon Greenberg (Paris); Nicolas Cookson (Düsseldorf)

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is diverse and proactive with good communication skills’.

    ‘Easy going and easy to work with’.

    ‘A highly skilled and experienced team that can leverage the required people and specialisms from across the firm as and when required’.

    ‘No job is too big for the Clifford Chance team and we have complete faith in their ability to quickly react to an evolving landscape, deploy the appropriate level of highly skilled resources from across their global network’.

    ‘Work to tight timeframes in high pressure situations’.

    ‘The service received from across the firm is exceptional, the advice received is always first class and their attention to client needs sets them out from their peers’.

    Key clients

    Antofagasta

    Eramet

    Kingsgate Consolidated

    Nova Resources B.V.

    GFG Alliance

    Glencore

    Guinea Bauxite Company

    Arrowhead Resources

    Vale

    VTB Capital

    Pacific Wildcat Resources

    Bahrain Steel

    Baikal Mining Company

    Tantalum International Limited

    Churchill Mining

    Norsk Hydro ASA

    Avima Iron Ore

    Sibanye Stillwater

    Trafigura

    Sundance Resources

    Congo Mining

    Equatorial Resources

    Tantalum International

    Greenland Minerals

    Work highlights

    • Aadvised Mubadala Investment Company and Trafigura on the $1.86bn sale of Minas De Aguas Tenidas SA (“MATSA”) to Sandfire Resources.
    • Advised Nova Resources BV on its £3.5bn take private offer for KAZ Minerals PLC, a high growth copper company listed in both London and Kazakhstan.
    • Acting for investors Avima Fer and Greyridge in a Paris-seated ICC arbitration initiated against the Republic of Congo.

    Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP is extremely well regarded for its judicial review prowess, as well as its focus on government advisory and public policy work. The firm is active both in public and private sector work; at the intersection of the two areas, the group handles public law issues relevant to corporate transactions, strategic positioning, and government relations challenges. The team has latterly been much involved with pandemic-related mandates, which have notably included advising the Vaccine Task Force on procurement law issues surrounding the production and roll-out of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Heading the team is Andrew Dean, who ‘has the additional unique and invaluable insight from his years in-house advising the most senior stakeholders in central government bodies and procurement authorities‘. Elizabeth Morony leads the dedicated judicial review team.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Dean; Elizabeth Morony

    Other key lawyers:

    Oliver Carroll

    Testimonials

    ‘Clifford Chance’s public law team combines a solid knowledge of commercial realities with practical political nous.’

    ‘Oliver Carroll is a pleasure to deal with.’

    ‘The team provides first class public law and procurement advice. I have worked with them on both stand-alone issues and major projects where they have proved themselves able to integrate fully and effectively into the wider team, as necessary, as well as handle anything and everything we have thrown at them. They bring a highly sophisticated understanding of the law and the way it interacts with the commercial and practical issues, differentiating them from the majority of their competitors.’

    ‘Led by the technically expert, easy to work with and outcomes-focused Andrew Dean, they have given us an edge which has on more than one occasion been the decisive factor in enabling us to reach our goals.’

    ‘We instructed Clifford Chance to advise on a complex, difficult and novel public procurement matter which raised many unusual issues. Based on past experience of working with Andrew Dean and other leading public law and public procurement lawyers, Andrew was the obvious stand-out choice for this unique and challenging matter. He repaid our trust in him fully by delivering exactly what we needed (whether we knew we needed it or not), when we needed it.’

    ‘This is a package which is not easy to find. While there are other technically able and commercially skilled practitioners, Andrew Dean has the additional unique and invaluable insight from his years in-house advising the most senior stakeholders in central government bodies and procurement authorities on both tactical and strategic issues in relation to some of their biggest headaches, making him the number one go-to adviser for public law and procurement matters which are difficult, complicated or critical.’

    ‘The team at CC are responsive and fantastic at coming up with robust and innovative legal arguments. They are able to collaborate across an unusual team build up including NGOs, solicitors in other jurisdictions, significant legal input from our in-house team and counsel.’

    ‘Oliver Carroll has led our matter with little partner input and he stands out as an associate with legal insights and strategy beyond his years PQE.’

    Key clients

    Financial Services Compensation Scheme

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    UK Government Investments

    Department for Transport

    Christie Elan-Cane – X Passports

    The Lifescape Project

    HM Treasury

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Affinity – Military Flight Training System

    Network Rail

    Government Legal Department

    UK Debt Management Office

    UK Export Finance

    EdF

    Work highlights

    • Advising the Vaccine Task Force (part of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Health and Social Care) on public and procurement law issues surrounding the production and roll-out of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.
    • Advised the Test and Trace unit within the Department for Health and Social Care and the Government Legal Department on various Covid-19 initiatives.
    • Represented the Lifescape Project in judicial review proceedings seeking to overturn licences granted by the Scottish Government to kill beavers in Scotland.

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP has a strong track record in complex real estate developments and is particularly well known for its City and Canary Wharf headquarter projects. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as corporate real estate acquisition and joint venture work. The group demonstrates significant cross-border expertise with Angela Kearns focusing on inbound investment work from the APAC region, particularly from Japan, while Mark Payne and Alis Pay assist international investors on a range of deals, including pan-European portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, the group has impressive credentials for acting on major HQ transactions for both occupiers and landlords and is involved in several secondary market lettings. Matt Taylor has experience in largescale landlord/tenant matters, with an emphasis acting on the tenant-side. Head of London real estate Nigel Howorth has a strong energy-related practice that includes advising on power station developments. Ian Painter is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Nigel Howorth

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Payne; Angela Kearns; Ian Painter; Arian Levy; Alis Pay; Angela Kearns, Matt Taylor; Franc Peña; Zain Farook

    Testimonials

    ‘Alis Pays brings a high level of experience and market awareness. Alis is a truly trusted legal advisor as she will always give the best advice to balance the legal considerations and the commercial drivers with a view to delivering the transaction. Melissa Jones is a joy to work with. She is calm and collected whilst demonstrating legal excellence and understanding the full picture of the transaction.’

    ‘The team are top of the market and do a lot of pan-European work. They are both M&A lawyers and true real estate specialists. Quite the force.’

    ‘Iain Painter and his team of associates are an absolute pleasure to work with. They know their stuff, are very down to earth, and deliver clear and practical advice and solutions on complex issues.’

    ‘Very adept at optimising the deal structures on investment transactions with excellent interface across different disciplines in the Clifford Chance teams. Often use innovative approaches to solve issues and technically extremely strong across the piece. Extremely strong technically and commercially with excellent problem solving skills. Very responsive and always aligned to our commercial drivers.

    ‘Alis Pay is knowledgeable, pragmatic and a calming presence on deals.’

    ‘Clifford Chance is a standout team in the market and a class above the competition. I have worked with them throughout my career at four different organisations and I highly recommend them for complex, high value work particularly when the deal involves an indirect acquisition or disposal, a portfolio or pan-European element and/or joint venture structuring. Their lawyers really truly understand real estate and bring the added-value of market knowledge however we want to structure a deal. They are very strong in development too which is a real advantage because it means they are able to deliver the full lifecycle of projects and meticulously set them up from the outset with an eye to funding and exit. In my view they are a truly top notch outfit with a strong bench of very capable partners who go above and beyond to execute and get the deal done.’

    ‘Angela Kearns is a top quality lawyer and extremely commercial. She can turn her hand to all aspects of transactions. She is on top of her game, works hard for her clients and gets deals done. Matt Taylor is an expert on the indirect side and a go-to adviser for joint venture. He is a technically excellent lawyer and gives practical and commercial advice.’

    ‘Excellent commercial acumen with an ability to be able to give various options to the client and advise on a favored outcome. Strong diversity within the team and up to date on latest PropTech technologies and influences emerging with the real estate industry.’

    Key clients

    AIG Global Real Estate

    Allianz Real Estate

    Angelo Gordon

    AshbyCapital

    BentallGreenOak

    Blackstone

    Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

    EQT Exeter

    GLP

    Helical plc

    Heimstaden Bostad AB

    Hillwood Investors

    Hondo Enterprises

    Legal & General

    Mitsubishi Estate London

    Mitsui Fudosan

    Network Rail

    NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

    NTT Global Data Centers

    Nuveen Real Estate

    Partners Group

    Work highlights

    • Acted as lead legal counsel for EQT Exeter’s sponsored private real estate fund Exeter Europe Value Venture III on the sale for approximately EUR 3 billion of a 2.2 million sqm logistics portfolio consisting of 132 properties (20 of which are located in the UK and the others in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Poland).
    • Advised a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of CK Asset Holdings Limited on the £1.21 billion sale of 100% of 5 Broadgate, London. The landmark building which is located in the heart of the City of London was completed in 2015 and is the UK headquarters of UBS.
    • Advised Allianz Real Estate on their 50:50 development joint venture with Ivanhoe Cambridge for the redevelopment of Stonecutter Court in Farringdon, London. This is Allianz Real Estate’s first development in the UK.

    Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP's team of 'highly-talented individuals' acts for a multitude of major financial institutions and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of matters, spanning compliance projects, international data transfers, cybersecurity strategy and the monetisation of big data. On the contentious front, the team is especially sought after to handle regulatory investigations and high-profile data privacy litigation. Data protection specialist Jonathan Kewley leads the group and highly regarded as 'a real star in the technology law world'. 'With deep knowledge of data, privacy and cybersecurity matters', Simon Persoff is recommended for banking secrecy and cybersecurity work. Data privacy claims and other contentious matters are the area of expertise of Kate Scott and Samantha Ward.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Kewley

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Incredibly strong and fast growing team of highly-talented individuals.’

    ‘Simon Persoff is a hugely committed partner with deep knowledge of data, privacy and cybersecurity matters. Incredibly hard working.’

    ‘Jonathan Kewley is a real star in the technology law world. Highly respected by clients. Any law firm would be lucky to have him.’

    ‘Herbert Swaniker is a highly talented associate, loved by clients and great to work with.’

    ‘Always professional, expert and the product is timely and to the point. Reliable, helpful and well informed on new and emerging trends and technologies, with a genuine curiosity for innovation.’

    ‘Simon Persoff and his team offer a breadth of practical experience as well as legal expertise.’

    ‘Simon Persoff has impressed with his technical and practical knowledge. When it really matters, he is there to support us. He has struck the right balance between technical requirements and pragmatic and practical advice, based on his own extensive industry knowledge and experience. He seeks to bring the right team for the matter in hand.’

    Key clients

    News Group

    Permira

    HSBC

    PrimaryBid

    Specialized Bicycles

    Mileway

    International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG)

    Work highlights

    • Advised an international company that was the victim of a significant ransomware attack resulting in the encryption and exfiltration of personal data and commercially sensitive data.
    • Assisted a global OEM in the automotive industry with a range of data protection, privacy and technology transformation projects.
    • Advised a client on the design and implementation of its global tech, data and cyber security strategy.

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

    Clifford Chance LLP has played a key role in a number of high-profile FCA and SFO investigations on behalf of major domestic and international corporates and financial institutions, alongside global investigations by tax authorities and regulatory enforcement agencies. The team regularly handles major follow-on cases, including the application of DPAs, and also has strong expertise in Emerging Market Jurisdiction investigations and sector-wide investigations, including the ongoing Ofgem investigation into the energy sector. ‘Outstanding leader and lawyer’ Luke Tolaini, leads the team, offering strong experience across internal investigations and board-level responses to multijurisdictional investigations including significant reputational risk to clients. Michael Lyons focuses on financial crime investigations, advising several major financial institutions on issues such as money laundering, sanctions, and corruption, while Christopher David handles cross-border corporate and internal investigations for multinationals. Associate Matthew Lee has an emerging reputation for complex financial crime investigations, and fellow associate Ellen Lake specialises in internal and external investigations, compliance, and risk management issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Luke Tolaini

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Lyons; Chris David; Matthew Lee; Ellen Lake; Carlos Conceicao

    Testimonials

    ‘Clifford Chance as a firm don’t need me to tell you how good they are. Their reputation speaks for itself. But, by hiring Chris David to head up their London white collar practice, they have added one of the very best criminal solicitors to an already stellar litigation team.’

    ‘Christopher David is a rarity in the Magic Circle white collar world. He’s done it all for real: police stations, high profile crown court trials for individuals and investigations for household name international companies. He’s clever, astute and pragmatic, but with an uncompromising directness that he deploys when necessary. His standing domestically and internationally grows year by year. A very smart hire by Clifford Chance.’

    ‘Michael Lyons – massively bright, very quick to get to the points that matter to a client, and pursues them doggedly. Luke Tolaini – clever, good to work with and with an exceptional client focus. Luke should be a go-to adviser for any corporate.’

    ‘Simon Davis is a legend and has fearless judgment. Luke Tolani is one of the very best manages of very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’

    ‘Highly responsive to clients and providing documents on highest levels on short notice. Provides at all times actionable advice, leveraging their deep understanding of regulators and the law. And always a personal pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Luke Tolaini is an outstanding leader and lawyer, a commander-in-chief on the case, providing clear perspectives and reliable predictions.’

    ‘A class act. Everyone in the team is hugely smart, experienced, sensible and, frankly, a treat to work with.’

    ‘Carlos Conceicao – a master of his craft and an absolute pleasure to work with. Michael Lyons – a rising star as a partner; warm and collaborative style, teamed with sharp intellect’

    Key clients

    National Westminster Bank Plc

    Credit Suisse

    An international commodities trading company

    Serco Group Plc

    A global financial institution

    A UK financial services firm

    An oil and gas operator

    InterGen

    Swedbank

    A major international financial institution

    A major UK-based international bank

    Lloyds

    Work highlights

    • Represented NatWest in the FCA’s landmark first criminal prosecution of a UK bank under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
    • Advising Serco on the implementation of the DPA between Serco and the SFO.
    • Advising a UK financial services firm in relation to an investigation into historic cum-ex trading, including liaising with the FCA and HMRC. We are working on this matter together with our colleagues in Frankfurt who are conducting defence criminal proceedings in Germany.

    Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

    Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘highly commercial’ practice handles highly strategic and high-value contracts with particular expertise in the TMT, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services and fintech sectors. The group also works closely with the firm’s corporate department, with recent work including advising on the commercial elements of the merger of Telefonica’s O2 UK mobile company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider. Corporate practitioner André Duminy heads up the group, and Simon Persoff excels in the technology space.

    Practice head(s):

    André Duminy

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The availability of senior partners together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups was a key part of the success of our recent acquisition.’

    ‘Highly commercial. Diligence. Clear understanding of client objectives and timelines. Creative and solutions focused while being flexible and nimble.’

    Key clients

    State Street

    FIS

    Telefonica

    Epic Games

    HQLAx

    Anchorage Capital Partners

    Cellnex

    Knight Frank

    Block.one

    Domestic and General

    Phillip Morris International

    LZ Labs

    Cinven

    Her Majesty’s Government

    Work highlights

    • Advised FIS on its mega outsourcing transaction (initial 10-year term) with Franklin Resources, Inc.
    • Advised Telefónica on the mega merger of Telefónica’s O2 UK mobile phone company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider, creating the 50:50 JV “Virgin Media O2”.
    • Advised Essity on a long-term digital transformation project.

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

    An array of sovereign states, banks, and multinational corporations turn to Clifford Chance LLP for its cross-disciplinary expertise in international trade, ranging from WTO obligations and free trade agreements to state aid control measures. Jessica Gladstone draws praise from clients for her ‘world leading’ command of public international law, most notably in the trade and climate space. Michael Lyons, who heads up the firm’s UK and European sanctions desks, represents a diverse roster of financial institutions and businesses in contentious regulatory proceedings, including investigations and disciplinary actions brought by various regulatory bodies. Senior associate Jeremy Stewart is praised by clients for his ‘standout experience‘ and ‘commercial acuity‘ in post-Brexit trade negotiations, as well as WTO and FTA regulatory reviews, while fellow senior associate Carla Lewis focuses specifically on UK and EU restrictive measures and international environmental law.

    Practice head(s):

    Jessica Gladstone

    Testimonials

    ‘Better than any other law firm I know of, Clifford Chance has combined deep arbitration and competition law experience with outreach to and joint projects with experienced WTO and domestic anti-dumping experts. Consequently they can staff that work with first-rate teams.’

    ‘Jessica Gladstone is one of the world’s leading arbitration and unfair trade lawyers. Combines deep competition law and arbitration practice experience with WTO and related government-to-government litigation, as well as domestic trade remedy (anti-dumping, countervailing duty, safeguard) litigation expertise.’

    ‘Positive and practical advice delivered succinctly and with a willingness to be flexible with instructions.’

    ‘Jessica Gladstone is a highly competent expert with deep knowledge of the sector, applied in a practical way that focuses on the best outcome for her client.’

    ‘Jeremy Stewart possesses standout experience in trade negotiations which he deploys with commercial acuity.’

    Key clients

    UK Department for International Trade

    UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    UK Government Investments (UKGI) and the Vaccine Task Force (VTF)

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Energy Holdings N.V. (LDCEH)

    Bank of China UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the United Kingdom Department for International Trade on the drafting and implementation of Free Trade Agreements.
    • Advised a leading global technology company on the consistency of various domestic regulatory measures with public international law and WTO obligations.
    • Representing a major UK-based global financial institution in connection with a significant potential systems and controls failure concerning the screening of certain cross-border transactions against EU and UK sanctions lists.

    Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

    Clifford Chance LLP's group is well-placed to assist with the pensions aspects of corporate transactions, working closely with other departments within the firm. The team also advises a wide variety of standalone pensions clients on the spectrum of regulatory issues. Taking the lead is Hywel Robinson, who is a seasoned pensions generalist, with expertise in cross-border membership issues, asset pooling, as well as assisting investment providers with products and funds. Clare Hoxey has a specialism in advising insurance clients on de-risking products, while Sarah McAleer is noted for M&A and transactional-related pensions issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Hywel Robinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are extremely experienced and deliver on each project. They are without equal in delivery and also providing a very commercial approach’

    ‘Hywel Robinson is the partner and has a vast range of experience but also incorporates this with a sense of commerciality that is rare for a lawyer, particularly in the pensions world!’

    ‘Very good team which superb strength in depth.’

    ‘Hywel Robinson leads the team and is really good. Hands on, responsive and very easy to deal with . He makes the apparently complex very understandable.’

    Key clients

    Legal & General

    Trustee of the Dairy Crest Group Pension Fund

    Advice to a listed engineering support services group which sponsors several material DB schemes

    Trustee of a significant pensions scheme within the retail sector

    Citibank NA

    Telefonica Tech

    Saint-Gobain

    Mitchells and Butlers plc

    Work highlights

    • Advising Telefonica Tech on the pensions aspects of its £340 million acquisition of Cancom Ltd, a leading cloud and digital services provider in UK and Ireland.
    • Advising on a range of matters for Saint-Gobain, including the splitting of its main UK pension scheme into new pension arrangements covering different parts of the group.

    Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

    The team at Clifford Chance LLP supports its clients holistically, advising on M&A, competition matters and risk management work. Practice head David Pudge specialises in both domestic and cross-border M&A, public takeovers, stock exchange matters and general corporate advice; his clients include large corporates in the retail and finance sector such as the French Connection Group. Duad Khan has relocated to the Abu Dhabi office.

    Practice head(s):

    David Pudge

    Key clients

    French Connection plc

    THG plc

    Amazon

    Frasers Group plc

    The Coca-Cola Company

    Amazon

    Mondelez International

    DuluxGroup

    The trustees of the Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc pension schemes

    Work highlights

    • Advised CD&R on its £9.95bn acquisition of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc.
    • Advised DuluxGroup on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Cromology from Wendel and the management team of Cromology for €1.28bn.

    Real estate > Planning Tier 3

    Clifford Chance LLP‘s planning team assists its clients on an array of matters concerning regeneration projects, major developments, and the planning and consenting of energy and infrastructure projects. Head of the team Nigel Howorth‘s expertise lies in large-scale regeneration projects, major developments and energy related matters, particularly renewable and nuclear energy projects; Howarth is assisted by senior associate Anneke Theelen, who advises on energy and mixed-use developments. ‘Outstandingly hardworking‘ senior associate Katie Kempthorne specialises in the planning, environmental and consenting aspects of energy and real estate developments.

    Practice head(s):

    Nigel Howorth

    Other key lawyers:

    Katie Kempthorne; Anneke Theelen; Jamie Salsman; Kate Mackintosh

    Testimonials

    ‘Incisive analysis, quick to grasp the salient issues and arguments, and great communication skills.’

    ‘Nigel Howorth is a very experienced and talented planning solicitor with a natural overview of the situation at hand ably assisted by his associate Anneke Theelen who is nimble in understanding the core arguments and researching different lines of analysis and getting back to us quickly.’

    ‘Clifford Chance has a small, but really strong, team of very bright planning lawyers. As a team they work very well together and are able to resource even the largest of matters.’

    ‘Nigel Howorth is an absolutely excellent planning partner and has huge commercial acumen that makes him very well regarded. Katie Kempthorne is outstandingly hard working and able, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Anneka Theelen is another of Clifford Chance’s outstanding senior associates.’

    ‘Nigel Howorth – great technical knowledge but allied to a pragmatic / practical approach which enables the business to focus on the critical risks / issues. Very personable and able to communicate effectively across all levels of the business.’

    ‘Katie Kempthorne – able to digest and analyse complex issues quickly and adapt advice accordingly to a fast changing project. Very personable and also able to work very effectively across all levels of the business with the wider team.’

    ‘All staff were very competent & professional in terms of their work & timely in their communications.’

    Key clients

    Angelo Gordon and the Ridgeback Group

    Canary Wharf Group

    Helical Plc

    International Airlines Group and British Airways Plc

    NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

    Legal & General

    Blackstone

    CBRE Global Investors

    Nuveen

    AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE)

    Work highlights

    • Advising Canary Wharf on the continuing 750,000 sqm urban quarter project at Wood Wharf; and on the North Quay development (a mixed-used office and residential towers scheme) on a 7.3 acre site.
    • Advising Angelo Gordon and the Ridgeback Group on the Kangaroo development works in Sheffield City Centre.
    • Advised Angelo Gordon on the disposal of Finsbury Square to British Land including advice on the agreement for lease, development agreement and a lease re-gear.

    Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 3

    Clifford Chance LLP advises investors and funders active in the social housing sector, focusing on complex, high-value transactions. Clients include large international banks and security trustees; the team provides advice on bonds, private placements, synthetic securitisations and the restructuring of facilities. Angela Shepherd has a focus on the project and property aspects of social housing finance transactions and frequently advises on such issues as the security aspects of bond and loan transactions. Capital markets transactions specialist Paul Deakins is experienced in advising on secured bond issues by registered providers, amongst other areas..

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Deakins; Angela Shepherd

    Testimonials

    ‘Go-to people for complex and advanced financing structures and advice.’

    ‘Angela Shepherd – very strong real estate and social housing experience and knowledge. Respected generally in the sector.’

    ‘Genuine experience and knowledge in the social housing sector. In addition, the team makes itself available at short notice to deal with issues that require a concerted approach/to be agreed with the other parties’ legal team. They will strive to find a common ground to progress commercial matters.’

    ‘Angela Shepherd. A pleasure to deal with, Angela makes herself available at short notice to assist with often complicated real estate/planning matters. She will also help in ensuring that all stakeholders in a transaction are in the loop and understand the impact of the legal matters on their work.’

    Key clients

    Barclays Bank

    Lloyds Banking Group

    NatWest Markets

    Deutsche Bank AG London

    Prudential Trustee Company Limited

    Royal Bank of Canada

    HSBC Bank plc

    Situs Asset Management Limited

    Morgan Stanley &Co International plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised a consortium of banks, including Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas and Lloyds Bank, on the Clarion Funding plc issue of GBP 300 million 1.875% secured sustainability notes due 2051.
    • Advised a consortium of investment banks on a very high-value senior revolving development credit facility to a group of registered providers.
    • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on the second social housing commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in the social housing market.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

    Clifford Chance LLP handles high-stakes disputes, finance and corporate matters for sports-sector clients; this includes Premier League football clubs, governing bodies, broadcasters as well as other stakeholders. Chris Yates oversees the practice, recommended for dealing with reputationally significant litigation and crisis management issues. Co-head and senior associate James Cranston, specialises in anti-doping. Tim Lewis  and Jennifer Chimanga, a dual qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Kenya, support clients across commercial and corporate sports matters; Lewis has recently been serving as a non-executive director of Arsenal Football Club.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Yates; James Cranston

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Chris Yates is the perfect sports lawyer.’

    ‘James Cranston is one of the best senior associates I’ve ever come across – a total superstar.’

    ‘Chris Yates and James Cranston have sound litigation judgement.’

    ‘The team with whom we deal on sports issues are innovative, proactive and always able to find practical solutions to seemingly complex problems which serve to meet the interests of all parties concerned.’

    ‘Unusual for a major international firm to have such a strong and comprehensive commitment to its sports practice.’

    ‘James Cranston and Chris Yates are the two key individuals. Both fantastic lawyers.’

    ‘The partners we have interacted with are extraordinary intellectuals who are fully engaged and hands-on about all the assignments they undertake for us and the entire team is brilliant to work with in terms of their hard work, professionalism and responsiveness. We can always rely on their support.’

    Key clients

    Liverpool FC

    Arsenal Football Club

    International Paralympic Committee

    E Stanley Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

    Manchester City Football Club

    City Football Group

    World Rugby

    Epic Games

    Pakistan Cricket Board

    Invictus Games Foundation

    Southampton Football Club

    Valeri Belokon (former President of Blackpool Football Club)

    VB Football Assets

    ITV

    Centre for Sport and Human Rights

    Sport Resolutions anti-doping panel

    Work highlights

    • Represented Manchester City Football Club in proceedings against the Premier League arising from a Premier League investigation into compliance with its rules. Also advised Manchester City Football Club on crypto related matter such as the issuance of a fan token and its issuance of a non-fungible token commemorating their Premier League victory.
    • Advised the Invictus Games Foundation on the arrangements for the IGF’s 2021 Hague Games, renegotiating the Host Union Agreement of the 2023 games due to the pandemic and on their broadcasting and sponsorship agreements, for example their Netflix deal.
    • Acted for Epic Games in a claim brought in the Competition Appeals Tribunal against Apple Inc. in relation to a developer programme license agreement and Apple’s decision to remove the popular Fortnite game from the App Store after Epic introduced a direct payment option into the Fortnite App.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

    Clifford Chance LLP has an array of expertise including in high-value property contract disputes, professional property services negligence, title, easement and covenant disputes and asset management disputes. The team is also well versed in property finance disputes. The team is led by Ben Hatton. He has vast experience representing clients before the courts, including before the County Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal Litigation. Jane O'Leary is noted for her expertise in high-value, multi-jurisdictional real estate based disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Hatton

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane O’Leary

    Testimonials

    ‘Clifford Chance have a small but effective property litigation team who are able to offer clients a top-quality service, particularly in matters which cross disciplinary divides, where the property litigators can call on other expertise within the firm.’

    ‘Ben Hatton – a dedicated professional. Goes above and beyond for his clients.’

    ‘Excellent top ranking firm with all round experience.’

    ‘Ben Hatton is a safe pair of hands.’

    ‘The team always provided us with very professional advices based on wider perspectives.’

    ‘All members always kept client oriented point of views. Their frequent follow-up calls were very helpful.’

    Key clients

    Bank of America

    Canary Wharf Group plc

    (Official Receiver of) British Steel

    (Official Receiver of) Cardwool Limited

    American International Group

    Angelo Gordon

    Asphaltic Land Limited

    Apollo

    Colony Capital

    Credit Suisse Asset Management

    Elliott Management Corporation

    Flatfair Limited

    General Electric International

    GIC Private Limited

    Goldman Sachs

    Heimstaden Bostad AB

    Hemisphere

    Hondo Enterprises

    Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Limited

    King Abdallah District Management & Development Company

    Mitsubishi Estate London Limited

    Native Land

    Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

    Nuveen Real Estate

    Permira Advisors

    Rothesay Plc

    Wells Fargo Bank

    Zetland Capital Investors LLP

    Work highlights

    • Advised Angelo Gordon in relation to tenant NCP’s insolvency and the Restructuring Plan proposals pursuant to new legislation introduced by the UK Government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Advised Mitsubishi Estate London Limited in relation to its redevelopment of Warwick Court in the heart of London, near St Paul’s Cathedral.
    • Advised the Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel on the sale of the business and assets to Jingye Steel and Iron.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

    Clifford Chance LLP‘s IP offering includes a long-standing trade mark practice, advising clients on a range of disputes before the UK Courts, the UKIPO and EUIPO, and transactional matters. Leading household brands and international clients with significant IP portfolios entrust the team to advise on the IP aspects of complex cross-border transactions, as well as enforcement strategies and dispute resolution. Key sectors of expertise for the team include the life sciences, healthcare, consumer goods and retail, and TMT industries. The team is co-led by Vanessa Marsland and Stephen Reese, who have significant experience  focusing on technology and the computer software industry, and the pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices industries respectively. Don McCombie joined from Ashurst in mid-2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Reese; Vanessa Marsland

    Other key lawyers:

    Alex Walker; Don McCombie

    Key clients

    Pfizer Inc

    Her Majesty’s Government

    Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi

    Philip Morris Products, S.A

    Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd.

    Telefónica

    Manchester City Football Club

    LZ Labs

    ŠKODA AUTO

    Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

    Invictus Games Foundation

    EQT/Sitecore

    Farmbetter

    Labour Friends of Israel

    Cinven

    The Absolut Company

    Mondelez Europe

    L’Oréal S.A

    Mastercard

    Admiral Group plc

    Liverpool Victoria

    Vectura Group plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Cinven on its acquisition of a majority stake in RB Iberia, including advising the client across a complex suite of franchise agreements for the various brands and negotiations with RB Iberia and Burger King Europe GmbH.
    • Advised Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd. in respect of its proprietary and intellectual property rights against third-party importers, developing strategies to protect and enforce such rights.
    • Advised Telefónica on its 50:50 joint venture with Liberty Global to combine their UK operations, O2 and Virgin Media.

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

    Clifford Chance LLP‘s IP practice group continues to be a trusted adviser to Pfizer, acting on its global patent licensing and collaboration agreement with BioNTech for the development of the Covid-19 vaccine. The team, which is co-led by Stephen Reese and Vanessa Marsland, has also advised on the development of an mRNA vaccine to target shingles. Sector strengths span the healthcare, life sciences, consumer goods, and retail industries.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Reese; Vanessa Marsland

    Testimonials

    ‘Stephen Reese’s depth of knowledge in the field of digital health sets him apart from most competitors.’

    ‘Stephen Reese is a seasoned practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to the table and is the man to see for advice on complicated matters of healthcare law, including the new and amorphous world of digital health.’

    Key clients

    Pfizer Inc

    Her Majesty’s Government

    Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi

    Philip Morris Products, S.A

    Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd.

    Telefónica

    Manchester City Football Club

    LZ Labs

    ŠKODA AUTO

    Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

    Invictus Games Foundation

    EQT/Sitecore

    Farmbetter

    Labour Friends of Israel

    Cinven

    The Absolut Company

    Mondelez Europe

    L’Oréal S.A

    Mastercard

    Admiral Group plc

    Liverpool Victoria

    Vectura Group plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Pfizer on and led negotiations concerning its global collaboration and licensing arrangements in collaboration with BioNTech for the development of its Covid-19 vaccine.
    • Advising the UK Government on arrangements concerning the IP aspects and licensing of Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine to AstraZeneca.
    • Advising Pfizer on and leading negotiations on a second global collaboration with BioNTech for the development of a mRNA vaccine to target shingles.

    Employment >

    Clifford Chance LLP ‘is a powerhouse in contentious trust litigation’. Practice head Jeremy Kosky ‘has seen it all before several times – yet still comes up with innovative approaches’. Kosky acts for a variety of clients including private equity firms, trustees, protectors, beneficiaries, financial institutions and corporates. Maxine Mossman is ‘a truly first-class litigator with great instincts and a brilliant tactical eye’. The private wealth and asset management disputes practice has a vast amount of experience in advising clients on high-value and complex disputes, frequently involving multiple jurisdictions, both onshore and offshore. It is skilled at handling heavyweight claims relating to family trusts, inheritance battles and shareholders’ disputes involving family companies. Lindsay Bickerton is another key figure who is recommended for her handling of high profile succession and inheritance disputes involving ultra-high-net-worth individuals, trust structures and substantial family-owned businesses.In the wake of an impressive run which has seen the team advising the likes of Telefónica, Cellnex, and Chrysaor Holdings on market-leading transactions, Clifford Chance LLP continues to handle numerous multi-billion pound deals for an impressive range of financial sponsors and FTSE 350 corporates. Practice co-chair Melissa Fogarty‘s recent highlights include big-ticket telecoms acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional divestitures in the financial services sector, while Tim Lewis‘ takeover expertise has seen him handling major cross-border deals for leading multinational insurers. A number of leading banks and retailers routinely turn to David Pudge for assistance in public takeovers and stock exchange matters. Steven Fox‘s comprehensive sector focus sees him handling public and private M&A work for a mix of international corporations, investment banks, and financial institutions. Gareth Camp is noted for his expertise in healthcare, consumer goods, and retail sector deals, while Katherine Moir‘s cross-border capabilities encompass public acquisitions, take-privates, and combinations. David Lewis left the practice in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Kosky

    Other key lawyers:

    Maxine Mossman; Lindsay Bickerton; Nicole Buncher; Laura Hasson; Charles Joseph

    Testimonials

    ‘Great experience in high value matters makes them appreciative of high net worth individual’s needs. Jeremy Kosky fits the description set out above and delivers great service to clients’.

    ‘They are experienced, technically very good but also approachable making working with them all a great experience. You know that they will go the extra mile for clients’.

    ‘Jeremy Kosky leads the team and is always on hand and happy to help even though he is a senior partner and extremely busy. Maxine Mossman is also extremely good as is Nicole Buncher who works really hard for clients together with Charlie Joseph’.

    ‘Very commercial, first rate lawyers (obviously) but still approachable. Max Mossman’.

    ‘From top to bottom, extensive experience of international trusts and trust disputes. Fair and tenacious representatives of their clients’.

    ‘The team has incredible strength in breadth and depth. There is a benchmark quality in their output which is leading in their field. Lindsay Bickerton is the unsung hero who is exceptionally talented and presents herself in a calm unflustered way. A real star’.

    ‘It is the only magic circle firm to have a significant presence in this field. Jeremy Kosky is a well respected litigator in the international trust litigation field. Excellent strategic vision’.

    ‘Commercial, approachable, responsive and highly capable when it comes to complex contentious matters. Jeremy Kosky is incredibly sharp, very experienced and always a true gentleman to deal with. Nicole Buncher is a true rising star. Ultra-responsive, always on top of the facts and a pleasure to work with’.

    Key clients

    His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King Emeritus of Spain.

    Loudmilla Bourlakova and her two daughters (Elena and Veronica)

    Sebastian Kulczyk, Kulczyk Investments S.A. and KI One S.A.

    Vladimir Chernukhin and Navigator Equities Limited

    Heini Thyssen

    Work highlights

    • Advising a large family of beneficiaries in Jersey court proceedings who are being sued by every State of the USA in relation to their pharma business. There is significant cross border litigation and regulatory action which threatens the Trust.
    • Advising a leading global trustee client in relation to a multi-jurisdictional trust dispute involving a London based family. The assets of the trust are held in a variety of forms and in a variety of jurisdictions.

    Practice head(s):

    Melissa Fogarty; Nigel Wellings

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Citi

    Unilever

    Gamesys

    Barclays

    easyJet

    Virgin Money

    Informa

    Cellnex

    London Stock Exchange Group

    Dulux Group

    Telefonica

    Entain

    Serco

    Inmarsat

    Work highlights

    • Advised Gamesys Group on its combination with Bally’s Corporation.
    • Advising Citi on its announced exit from consumer banking in 13 jurisdictions in Asia and Europe.
    • Advised Philip O’Doherty, founder of the E&I Engineering Group, and other management shareholders, on their disposal of E&I Engineering Ireland Limited, and its affiliate, Powerbar Gulf LLC.

    Ghana > Foreign firms Tier 1

    Clifford Chance LLP has an established reputation for its work on a broad range of key transactions in Ghana for clients spanning national and international financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, construction companies and businesses in the energy, oil and gas sectors. It also advises private equity funds, public institutions and agencies. Jeremy Connick plays a pivotal role in major energy and infrastructure projects. Newly-promoted partner Olamide Oladosu and senior associate Kayode Oladipo jointly leas the department; Oladipo specialises in all aspects of emerging market cross-border financings.

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Early Power Limited

    Genser Energy Ghana Limited

    Development Bank for Southern Africa

    Absa Bank Limited

    Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited

    African Infrastructure Investment Managers

    Standard Bank of South Africa

    Rand Merchant Bank

    Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

    Deutsche Bank

    Investec Bank

    Ecobank Ghana

    Work highlights

    • Advising the sponsors on securing long term project financed facilities for the Bridge Power Project, Tema, Ghana.
    • Advised the lenders on the construction, development and financing of two LNG vessels to be used for loading, unloading, regasification, storage and transportation services of liquefied natural gas in the port of Tema, located in the Republic of Ghana.
    • Advised the lenders on the development and financing of an LNG regasification plant in the port of Tema, Ghana with one floating storage unit and one floating regasification unit.

    Angola > Foreign firms Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP’s Angola practice is led by London-based partners Jeremy Connick and Leonard Cleland and offers a broad inbound and outbound transactional practice. The team regularly advises financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, oil and gas suppliers/operators and other relevant clients in the energy, mining and telecoms sectors. At the senior associate level, Kayode Oladipo is a key name; he specialises in all aspects of emerging markets cross-border loan financing.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Connick; Leonard Cleland

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘We have been working with Clifford Chance on a regular basis and on several financing transactions in Angola and Mozambique. They have very good knowledge of local laws and practices, the appropriate expertise, are capable of offering innovation and high quality services.’

    Key clients

    GE Capital EFS Financing Inc.

    Gemcorp Capital LLP

    Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

    HSBC

    VTB Capital

    Africell Holding Ltd

    ING Bank

    DBSA

    Work highlights

    • Advised ING Bank and the DBSA on the €640m financing of seven solar farms in Angola with a combined capacity of 370MW.
    • Advising Africell in relation to a commercial facilities arrangement arranged by Gemcorp Capital to support the group’s expansion into the Angolan telecoms markets.

    Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

    Clifford Chance LLP's Mozambique team combines the expertise of its lawyers across various practice areas, and is particularly active in the renewables and oil and gas sectors. London-based partner Jeremy Connick and Dubai-based consultant Gibbs Johnson co-lead the practice. Connick maintains a strong sponsor and lender practice with extensive expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in project financing, particularly in the electricity sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Connick; Gibbs Johnson

    Key clients

    Globeleq Africa

    Proparco / Agence Française de Développement

    Standard Bank of South Africa

    Absa

    IFC

    Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

    Sasol

    EDM

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Globeleq Africa, Sasol Africa Limited and Electricidade de Moçambique as sponsors in connection with the development, construction, financing and operation of the Central Termica de Temane gas-fire power project.
    • Advising on a deal for Azura Power to purchase Sasol’s entire interest in Central Termica De Ressano Garcia.
    • Advising Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”) on the design, development and financing by a Globeleq controlled entity of an approximately 18 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in Mozambique.

    Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

    Clifford Chance is a leader in aviation finance matters, primarily acting for lenders and lessors. The team has landed a series of major engagements in airline restructurings, including US Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Moreover, working alongside the London office, the Singapore team advised the majority of aircraft lessor creditors of Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad and its subsidiaries, in respect of its ongoing restructuring under an English Scheme of Arrangement. Fergus Evans is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the aviation finance market, having spent a large part of his career in Asia. Consultant Simon Briscoe has transferred to Sydney and ship finance specialist Kate Sherrard has joined Squire Patton Boggs. Daniel König is rated at senior associate level.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Clifford Chance Singapore Aviation finance team is simply second to none in Asia in terms of expertise, resources, reliability, availability and speed of execution.’

    ‘Fergus Evans and the senior associates are highly qualified, available and quick to deliver quality service.’

    ‘Clifford Chance Singapore Asset Finance Team has been very supportive. This team provides specific guidance on legal issues depending on your level of experience. The number of diverse transactions they handle, the depth of knowledge and the client-focused communication are this team’s unique strengths that you cannot find elsewhere.’

    ‘Fergus Evans has been an excellent partner. His extensive experience in various transaction structures and customised legal advice have been an important resource for me.’

    Key clients

    The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

    Bank of China Limited, BNP Paribas, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis and MUFG Bank, Ltd.

    Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (UK) Limited, SMBC Aviation Capital Limited, Aircastle Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

    BNP Paribas, DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd., CTBC Bank Co., Ltd., Cathay United Bank, Co., Ltd., JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd.

    Merx Aviation Servicing Limited

    MUFG Bank, Ltd., DBS Bank Ltd., ING Bank N.V., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Credit Industriel Et Commercial, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, United Overseas Bank Limited, BNP Paribas, Bank of America N.A, Commerzbank AG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CTBC Bank Co., Ltd., Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

    AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited

    International Finance Corporation

    Indigo Philippines LLC, an affiliate of private equity firm Indigo Partners LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised HSBC on the financing of an Airbus A320NEO aircraft and a Boeing 787-9 aircraft for TATA SIA Airlines Limited.
    • Advised various syndicates as transaction counsel in connection with the business rehabilitation proceedings of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.
    • Advised various operating lessors as transaction counsel in connection with the business rehabilitation proceedings of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.

    Poland > Dispute resolution

    Clifford Chance provides 'service at the highest level', with the ability to draw on the firm's global dispute resolution offering. The Warsaw office is often a hub for cross-border matters across the CEE region, housing experts in arbitration and commercial litigation, as well as criminal and regulatory investigations. Bartosz Krużewski  leads the team in Warsaw, as well as heading the continental European litigation practice group. He is an expert in post-merger, construction, finance and shareholders' disputes. Marcin Ciemiński leads the white-collar, regulatory and compliance group, with additional expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Counsel Michał Drwal has made a name for himself in relation to construction and infrastructure disputes. Counsel Adelina Prokop increasingly acts for foreign investors in international investment arbitration.

    Practice head(s):

    Bartosz Krużewski; Marcin Ciemiński

    Other key lawyers:

    Michał Drwal; Robert Moj; Paweł Pogorzelski; Adelina Prokop

    Testimonials

    ‘My summary opinion of the Clifford Chance team from Poland is that they are exceptional people. Their dealings with clients are always respectful and cordial, and close, making interaction and understanding with them easy.’

    I am impressed by the excellent work that this team has done in the various arbitration and judicial processes that we have underway in Poland.’

    ‘Michal Drwal is excellent

    ‘The services provided as part of the dispute resolution practice, we are talking about here, provided by CC, are at the highest level.’ 

    ‘CC is characterized by a high level of knowledge of the case, often quoted ad hoc. Each communication also contains conclusions and possible outcome for further actions, suggestions for further steps, and illustrates the consequences of individual event in the progress of litigations.’

    ‘In everyday co-operation, I work with Michał Drwal and I consider this cooperation to be exceptional. He provides a very orderly and accurate analysis of the situation, he always proposes the next steps, he always consults them with the client.’

    ‘Clifford Chance is at the forefront of Polish law firms. The team have extensive experience in conducting complex economic matters and expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions.’

    ‘Clifford Chance offered us a dedicated team of lawyers with the industry knowledge and high legal skills. They have high competences, pro-business approach and attitude to solve complex problems.’

    Key clients

    Invenergy Renewables LLC

    GE Capital

    Royal Unibrew A/S

    T-Mobile

    Abris CEE Mid-Market Fund LP

    Raiffeisen Bank International AG

    HSBC Bank Polska S.A.

    Manchester Securities Corporation

    Abener Energia S.A.

    Waterland Private Equity Fund

    Rexnord GmbH

    Vias y Construcciones

    Karmar S.A.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Bank BPH in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case for a preliminary ruling referred by a Polish court concerning consumer mortgage loans indexed to CHF (C-19/20).
    • Representing Raiffeisen in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and the administrative courts concerning the record high penalties of PLN 55 million (EUR 12 million) in total imposed in mid-September 2018 on Raiffeisen in its capacity as the depositary of four closed-end investment funds previously managed by the FinCrea Investment Fund Manager (FinCrea had its licence revoked by the KNF in November 2017) and then by W Investments.
    • Represented Invenergy in a widely publicised BIT arbitration against Poland, concerning Invenergy’s multimillion-dollar investments in the Polish wind energy sector.

    Poland > Restructuring and insolvency

    Hong Kong > Capital markets (debt)

    Although its headcount at a senior level was slightly reduced following the recent relocations of Matthew Fairclough  to London and high yield specialist Alexander Lloyd  to Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s Boston office, Clifford Chance still has the critical mass and depth of knowledge to be a very popular choice among issuers and underwriters across the gamut of debt capital market products. Led by Connie Heng, the team ‘possess the unique blend of experience, commercial savvy and high conviction‘, enabling it to gain a seat at the table on many off the market’s most significant and cutting-edge mandates. The team has particularly strong relationships with many Chinese SOEs and recently advised the underwriters to one of these – Agriculture Development Bank of China – on China’s first dim sum bond issuance to combat the coronavirus. David Tsai led on this deal and is recognised as ‘one of the most impressive capital markets practitioners‘ in the region. Mark Chan was also involved in the aforementioned mandate, and is recommended for his expertise across a wide range of debt and equity-linked capital markets products. Senior associate Nathan Wong is gaining increased market recognition as a result of his ‘well-grounded technical skills and problem-solving abilities’. 

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Lawyers in the team have solid technical and execution skills. In addition, they are always reachable which is really important from the clients’ perspective.’

    The team possess the unique blend of experience, commercial savvy and high conviction.’

    David Tsai remains one of the most impressive capital markets practitioners among the China/Hong Kong names and remains a go-to call for us on all relevant queries.’

     ‘I am extremely impressed by Nathan Wong’s coherent and logical organization, well-grounded technical skills, on-point and on-time execution and problem-solving ability. I am looking forward to seeing Nathan as a rising and shining star in the future.’  

     

    Key clients

    Bank of China

    China International Capital Corporation (CICC)

    HSBC

    Guotai Junan Securities

    Standard Chartered

    J.P. Morgan

    Citi

    Beijing Capital Group Co., Ltd

    AIA Group Limited

    Haier Smart Home

    China Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the restructuring of certain listed exchangeable bonds issued by a member of Haier Smart Home.
    • Advised J.P. Morgan Securities and UBS on New World Development (NWD) Company Limited’s issuance of $200m 3.75% Guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Notes due 2031.
    • Advised the underwriters in relation to Agriculture Development Bank of China’s dim sum bond offering, issued to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

    Singapore > Projects: foreign firms

    Clifford Chance is marked out by the breadth of its practice – both in geographical terms, with mandates stretching from Taiwan, Bangladesh and Indonesia to emerging and developing markets across Latin America, the Middle East and Africa – and in terms of sector type, with work cutting across every major asset type. The Asia Pacific team is led by Nicholas Wong, who is also co-head of the global projects practice; he has extensive experience advising on project development and financing, energy regulation, bankability of project structures, joint ventures, PPP and procurement. Matthew Buchanan, who oversees the Asia Pacific construction group, provides valuable assistance with the construction aspects of infrastructure projects. Ross Howard is noted particularly for his work with sponsors and lenders, including multilateral agencies and export credit agencies, on complex and often politically sensitive deals.

    Key clients

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

    Macquarie Capital

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)

    Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

    Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

    ING

    SMBC

    Mizuho

    Work highlights

    • Advised global institutional investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) on its $2.7bn co-investment in the 605MW Greater Changhua 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan.
    • Advised Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor Renewable Energy (the sponsors) on their $627m 16-year project financing of the development, construction, commissioning, testing and operation of Formosa 1 – Taiwan’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm.
    • Advised OPIC, the US Government’s development finance institution, and EKF, Denmark’s Export Credit Agency, as the lenders in connection with the development and financing of a 158MW wind farm which will be constructed in the commune of Taïba N’Diaye, approximately 75km north east of Dakar, Senegal.

    Vietnam > Foreign desks

    Clifford Chance's involvement in the Vietnamese market dates back more than 30 years. It draws upon the experience of partners and associates based in Singapore and Tokyo to advise on banking and finance, corporate and M&A, as well as projects and energy mandates. In Singapore, Fergus Evans focuses on syndicated loans and project finance transactions, as well as aircraft and asset finance matters. Another key individual is Ross Howard, who is experienced in the financing aspects of energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Elsewhere, Hans Menski in Tokyo is another key individual with finance expertise, including in ECA-backed and multi-source financings. The corporate and M&A side of the practice is largely led by Valerie Kong. The firm regularly works with the leading independent firm VILAF.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise in project finance and market knowledge/application in Vietnam; commercially-sensible approach; great on management of local counsel and local law issues; positive fun approach to work and clients.’

    Key clients

    Asian Development Bank

    AIA

    Work highlights

    • Advised Asian Development Bank on the financing of a 257MW solar power plant.
    • Advised AIA Group Limited’s amendment, restatement and extension of its $100m equivalent multicurrency revolving umbrella credit facility agreement.

    India > Foreign firms

    With a deep knowledge of the Indian market, and the legal problems it throws upClifford Chance LLP is an attractive option for cross-border deals that have an India aspect. The practice is headed by Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh in Singapore, both of whom have extensive arbitration practices, and Mark Poulton and Ranbir Hunjan in London. Expertise is provided for corporate transactions, financings and litigation/arbitration matters. It has an extensive roster of US, international, investment and Indian banks and funds, and has a strong focus on investments, mergers and acquisitions in the energy markets. Thomas England is a key partner for banking and finance work; advising banks and borrowers on financing and restructurings across South and Southeast Asia, and US qualified Johannes Juette‘s expertise covers capital markets and securities law. Paul Tan joined the team in late 2020 from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP; he is a partner with Cavenagh Law (which has a formal law alliance – Clifford Chance Asia). Tan is part of the team that has extensive experience of arbitration matters including SIAC, ICC, LCIA and ICSID.

    Testimonials

    The members of the team are very experienced and able, with a deep knowledge of the Indian market, and the legal problems it throws up.’

    ‘They are outstanding lawyers, with bags of experience and good judgment. Standout partners in this area are Nish Shetty, Paul Sandoshan and Kabir Singh.’

    Key clients

    Embassy Office Parks

    Kotak Mahindra Capital Company

    Citibank

    Blackstone

    Adani Green Energy Limited

    Goldman Sachs India

    Morgan Stanley India

    SBI Capital Markets

    Partners Group

    Berkeley Energy

    Work highlights

    • Advising Adani Green Energy Limited on its c.USD 3.5 billion acquisition of SB Energy’s 5 GW India renewable power portfolio.
    • Advised the lead managers, Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, J.P. Morgan Securities plc, MUFG Securities Asia Limited, Standard Chartered Bank  on the US$1 billion Rule 144A/Reg S drawdown of Notes by Export-Import Bank of India.
    • Advising a major Indian conglomerate on issues in relation to the investment and its various strategic options.

    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, Delhi, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Newcastle, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, DC

    Clifford Chance has a best friends relationship with Redcliffe Partners in Ukraine.

    Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Managing partner Matthew Layton
    Senior partner Jeroen Ouwehand
    Executive partner Robin Abraham
    Administrative and public law Elizabeth Morony
    Arbitration (international) Audley Sheppard
    Asset finance William Glaister
    Banking Rob Lee
    Banking litigation Ian Moulding
    Civil fraud Roger Best
    Commercial Andre Duminy
    Commercial litigation Matthew Newick
    Commodities Adrian Cartwright
    Construction David Metzger
    Contentious trusts Jeremy Kosky
    Contentious trusts Jeremy Sandelson
    Corporate finance Nigel Wellings
    Defamation Matthew Newick
    Derivatives Kevin Ingram
    Employee benefits/employment Sonia Gilbert
    Energy and natural resources Jeremy Connick
    Environment Nigel Howorth
    EU and competition Alex Nourry
    Financial services Simon Crown
    Insolvency and restructuring Philip Hertz
    Insurance Katherine Coates
    Intellectual property Vanessa Marsland
    International capital markets Adrian Cartwright
    IT Joachim Fleury
    Life sciences Stephen Reese
    Life sciences Gareth Camp
    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 Alex Nourry
    Real estate Nigel Howorth
    Real estate debt finance Andrew Carnegie
    Regulatory Chris Bates
    Retail Vanessa Marsland
    Sovereign debt rescheduling Deborah Zandstra
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    Number of other UK fee-earners : 698

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