Emma Matebalavu > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Head of London Finance

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property finance

(Leading individuals)

Emma MatebalavuClifford Chance LLP

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.

London > Finance > Securitisation

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.