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Clifford Chance

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Co-headed by the 'knowledgeable and business-orientedSteve Jacoby and Marc MehlenClifford Chance's three-partner team provides an 'excellent service' across the full spectrum of banking and capital markets transactions, from both a transactional and regulatory perspective. 'One of the best lawyers in Luxembourg', Jacoby recently advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a €75m loan provided to Evotec for drug discovery research and development. Christian Kremer has significant experience handling finance and regulatory matters for banks and private equity sponsors. 'Solid' counsel Martin Wurth is noted for his funds finance expertise.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clifford Chance’s two-partner team has been particularly active recently handling high-profile financial services M&A. Managing partner Christian Kremer advised Precision Capital on the €1.5bn sale of its majority stake in Banque Internationale à Luxembourg to Beyond Leap, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed investment group Legend Holdings. Katia Gauzès regularly handles private equity and real estate-related M&A transactions and is also recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Leveraging the firm’s strong base of institutional financial services clients and also well positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes thanks to its extensive international network of offices, Clifford Chance is regularly involved in the highest-profile disputes in the market. Albert Moro has broad-ranging litigation expertise across corporate, real estate and employment matters, and heads a team that also includes 'extremely knowledgeable' counsel Olivier Poelmans, who is praised for his ability to 'present the main issues in a way that a non-Luxembourg lawyer/client is able to understand'.

Employment Tier 1

Led by the 'empathetic and technically awareAlbert Moro Clifford Chance has an 'excellent knowledge of the local environment' and puts this to good use across a wide cross-section of work, including matters relating to collective bargaining and employee benefits. Particularly active in the financial services sector, the team is praised for its 'ability to simplify complex ideas'. Isabelle Comhaire is also recommended.

Investment funds Tier 1

'Very well-connected' to other international offices throughout the firm's network, Clifford Chance's 'hardworking and efficient' two-partner team excels at handling complex cross-border alternative funds matters, where it is praised for its 'superb understanding of international standards and best practice'. Team head Joëlle Hauser has 'outstanding knowledge of the fund industry' and has vast expertise across many types of alternative investment structures, including as they relate to real estate, debt and private equity. The 'extremely commercialPaul Van den Abeele excels at structuring international funds, including real estate, private equity and debt funds investing in Asia. Described as a 'pleasure to work with', counsel Kristof Meynaerts has 'sound technical knowledge' across real estate, private equity and debt funds, in particular. Senior associate Alexander Wagner is also recommended.

Private equity Tier 1

Able to tap into the expertise of four partners with a significant fund formation and transactional focus, and also able to leverage the firm's international network, Clifford Chance is well-positioned to handle a tremendous volume and variety of matters within the private equity space. In a high-profile matter involving a large multi-jurisdictional team across many international offices, Katia Gauzès led out of Luxembourg on behalf of a consortium of private equity sponsors, including Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa, in their acquisition of the Allegro Group and Ceneo from the South African global Internet and entertainment group, Naspers. Christian Kremer is also recommended for private equity M&A, while Joëlle Hauser and Paul Van den Abeele lead on the fund formation front.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Headed by the 'excellentAlbert Moro Clifford Chance provides a 'client-friendly and pragmatic service' across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including on the acquisition and disposal of properties, and on the formation of regulated and unregulated real estate funds. Counsel Sébastien Schmitz  is recommended.

Tax Tier 1

Led by the 'highly-skilled, pragmatic and solution-oriented' Geoffrey ScardoniClifford Chance provides 'tailor-made solutions' to complex tax issues, either on its own or, in relation to cross-border matters, with practitioners from across its vast network of offices. Counsel Maxime Budzin 's wide-ranging tax practice regularly sees him involved in the tax structuring of international transactions via Luxembourg regulated and non-regulated funds.

IP and IT Tier 3

Led by 'proactive' counsel Isabelle Comhaire Clifford Chance provides 'professional, pertinent and detailed advice' to financial services clients, in particular, on data protection and outsourcing matters.

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, dispute resolution and risk management: 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, pensions, employment and incentives: 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.

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, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

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

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Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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