Paul Deakins > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

Work Department

Capital Markets



Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Paul DeakinsClifford Chance LLP

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.

London > Real estate > Social housing: finance

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..