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Clifford Chance LLP
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Work Department

Banking & Finance



Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

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

London > Real estate > Property finance

(Hall of Fame)

Andrew CarnegieClifford Chance LLP

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