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Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

Work Department

Banking & Finance



Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

(Hall of Fame)

Andrew CoatsClifford Chance LLP

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‘.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

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.