Clifford Chance > Rome, Italy > Firm Profile

Clifford Chance
PALAZZO GENTILI
VIA SISTINA 4
00187 ROMA
Italy

Italy > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 1

Clifford Chance‘s practice consistently advises on groundbreaking transactions, and it is at the forefront of leveraged and corporate finance, along with real estate loans and project financing. Italy managing partner Giuseppe De Palma heads the practice, which showcases Italian and cross-border banking specialist Charles AdamsFerdinando Poscio, who specialises in general and syndicated lending, acquisition finance and restructuring; and banking and financial regulation expert Lucio Bonavitacola. The counsels to note are Francesca Cuzzocrea and recently promoted Pasquale Bifulco and Filippo Tassoni, while Chiara Commis is an experienced senior associate.

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Testimonials

Strengths are a lean and flexible team that pays attention to the clients and has great business knowledge.

Great innovation and highly organised practice.

Competence and simplicity in the approach.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Nomura International

Patrizia AG

Dedalus Holding

Santander Consumer Bank

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

UniCredit

Eolo

Landi Renzo

Work highlights

  • Advised Dedalus Holding (75% majority-owned by Ardian) on a finance package to finance the acquisition of part of the healthcare software business of Agfa-Gevaert, and on the financing aspects of the acquisition of DXC Technology.
  • Advised Cementir Holding on the €190m financing made by a pool of primary banks (with BNP Paribas as global co-ordinator).
  • Advised Grandi Navi Veloci on the implementation of waivers under a €245m senior facilities agreement.

Italy > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

Clifford Chance's Italy practice is sought out for high-profile finance transactions, such as investment grade deals, acquisition finance and syndicated loans. Charles Adams specialises in Italian and cross-border banking; Giuseppe De Palma is an expert in real estate finance, restructuring, leveraged and acquisition finance, and international project export finance that is supported by SACE; and Ferdinando Poscio advises on complex leveraged finance and restructuring deals. Francesca Cuzzocrea, and recently promoted Pasquale Bifulco and Filippo Tassoni are key counsels, while senior associate Chiara Commis specialises in infrastructure and project finance.

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Testimonials

I appreciate Clifford Chance’s ability to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex legal matters, and to create cross-office teams that are capable of bringing the right expertise to address clients’ needs across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas.

Technical/sectorial expertise combined with innovation and dynamism.

Great availability and efficiency combined with undisputed professionalism.

Charles Adams has outstanding experience, availability and problem-solving ability.

Ferdinando Poscio is rated for his competence and professionalism.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Nomura International

Patrizia AG

Dedalus Holding (Ardian)

Santander Consumer Bank

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

UniCredit

Eolo

Landi Renzo

Work highlights

  • Advised Dedalus Holding on the committed financing package to finance the acquisition of part of the healthcare software business of Agfa-Gevaert, and on the financing aspects of the acquisition of DXC Technology.
  • Advised a consortium, comprising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone and Macquarie, on the financial aspects surrounding the acquisition of Autostrade per l’Italia.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas – BNL on the acquisition by FNM of 82.4% of the share capital of Milano Serravalle – Milano Tangenziali from the Lombardy Region.

Italy > Capital markets: Debt Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team of Italian, English and US-qualified lawyers cover all aspects of capital markets work, including standalone bonds, EMTN programmes and draw-downs, and hybrid, exchangeable and convertible bonds. Other areas of focus are liability management, retail structured products, and Italian government bonds and draw-downs. DCM specialist Filippo Emanuele co-heads the Italian finance and capital markets practice; Gioacchino Foti has expertise in hybrid bonds; Tanja Svetina leads the structured finance team in Italy; and counsel Laura Scaglioni  advises on bond issuances. Jonathan Donald Astbury and Alice Reali are key senior associates.

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Key clients

AMCO

Ardian

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Credito Emiliano Holding

EPrice

ERG

Poste Italiane

Prysmian

PolyPeptide Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint bookrunners on a triple-tranche issue of €3.25bn sustainability-linked bonds issued by Enel Finance International.
  • Advised a banking syndicate on the Republic of Italy’s inaugural €8.5bn green bond.
  • Assisted Poste Italiane with the issue of a dual tranche senior unsecured bond (for a total amount of €1bn).

Italy > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s specialised financial regulation team maintains regular contact with Italy’s regulatory authorities, frequently assisting them with the adapting of legislation to changing market needs, as well as advising clients on the application of new legislation. Lucio Bonavitacola leads the investment funds and regulatory team, and Gioacchino Foti is a banking and financial regulations expert. Experienced partners Charles Adams, Giuseppe De Palma and Ferdinando Poscio also play leading roles within the firm’s banking and finance practice. Promoted to counsel in 2021, Riccardo Coassin specialises in banking, finance and insurance regulation.

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Testimonials

Its strengths are a lean and flexible team, focus on the client and business knowledge.

Competence and simplicity in their approach.

This is a very commercial practice – the lawyers give practical and easy-to-understand advice on the tangible actions we should take.

The lawyers are very responsive.

Lucio Bonavitacola is very client focused and gives commercially relevant advice.

Counsel Riccardo Coassin is very clever and has great depth of technical knowledge.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Nomura International

Patrizia AG

Dedalus Holding (Ardian)

Santander Consumer Bank

Banca IMI

Banco BPM

UniCredit

Eolo

Landi Renz

Work highlights

  • Advised Dedalus Holding (75% majority-owned by Ardian) on the committed financing package for the acquisition of part of the healthcare software business of Agfa-Gevaert, and on the financing aspects of the acquisition of DXC Technology.
  • Advised a consortium, comprising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone and Macquarie, on the financial aspects surrounding the acquisition of Autostrade per l’Italia, the concessionaire for the construction and operation of toll highways in Italy.
  • Advised the banks (Intesa Sanpaolo, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas – BNL) on the acquisition by FNM of 82.4% of the share capital of Milan Serravalle – Milan Tangenziale (Mise) from the Lombardy Region.

Italy > Capital markets: Equity Tier 2

A go-to practice in the Italian ECM space for over 25 years, Clifford Chance's team is active across all aspects of equity transactions. The group covers the whole gamut of ECM work, including IPOs, privatisations, rights issues, block trades, and exchangeable and convertible bonds. ECM specialist Filippo Emanuele co-heads the finance and capital markets practice, which includes  Stefano Parrocchetti Piantanida at counsel level, whose transactional expertise includes capital strengthening operations and IPOs, and US law specialist Laura Scaglioni. Former partner Alberta Figari recently left the firm for Legance - Avvocati Associati.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AMCO

Ardian

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Credito Emiliano Holding

EPrice

ERG

Poste Italiane

Prysmian

PolyPeptide Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mediobanca and other financial institutions (as global coordinators and bookrunners) on the capital increase of Bper Banca, which was in relation to the Intesa-Ubi public offer.
  • Advised PolyPeptide Group on the US law aspects of its successful IPO and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Assisted EPrice, an Italian e-commerce operator and digital publisher, with a recapitalisation matter.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clifford Chance combines a long-standing presence of over 25 years in Italy with a considerable international network, numbering over 500 professionals in Europe alone. Practice head Paolo Sersale thrives in respect of public and private M&A, in addition to corporate restructurings, and is supported by energy and infrastructure specialist, Umberto Penco Salvi, as well as Claudio Cerabolini who is particularly sought after by real estate companies. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Filippo Isacco is an up-and-coming name who is notably dual-qualified as a charted accountant.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Sersale

Other key lawyers:

Umberto Penco Salvi; Claudio Cerabolini; Filippo Isacco; Francesca Casini; Stefano Parrocchetti

Testimonials

Very collaborative and take the initiative to find solutions and keep projects on track.

Claudio Cerabolini and Francesca Casini, along with their colleagues, were a great team to work with. They worked extremely hard and collaboratively to help us complete our transaction. They are always clear and calm and worked with us to find solutions and keep our project moving forward.

Key clients

AMCO

Ardian

Macquaire

Partners Group

Assicurazioni Generali

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Cinven

Davide Campari-Milano

Edison-EDF

Enel

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

ITV

LIXIL Group Corporation

Mediobanca

Pirelli

Prudential Financial

Prysmian

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium comprising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone Infrastructure Partners and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the purchase of the 88.06% equity interest held by Atlantia in Autostrade per l’Italia S.p.A. for a total value of approximately €9.3bn.
  • Advised Partners Group on the acquisition of a significant equity stake (49%) in Telepass S.p.A, a leading electronic toll collection services provider in Europe.
  • Assisted Ardian, through its portfolio company Dedalus Holding, with tax profiles related to the acquisition of the Healthcare Software Solutions business of DXC Technology.

Italy > Compliance Tier 2

Forming part of the regulatory investigations and financial crimes team, Clifford Chance's compliance group houses specialists in criminal defence, regulatory enforcement and compliance. The team is highly rated for its experience in designing, implementing and executing compliance programmes, particularly systems and controls that prevent criminal offences. It also regularly acts as an adviser to boards of directors on risk management and sensitive investigations. Regularly assisting with regulatory and criminal investigations (and compliance issues), Antonio Golino heads the team, which includes criminal defence counsel Giuseppe Principato and senior associate Pasquale Grella.

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Testimonials

Strong competences facilitated the execution of our compliance project and the carrying out of the verification activities of the Supervisory Body.

The team is lean, but ready to respond to clients’ needs.

It has excellent responsiveness, and is always ready to update the documentation to make it meet requirements.

Demonstrated deep knowledge of the subject and excellent management of timescales and unexpected events.

They try to find solutions in terms of business processes that do not burden the business.’

The strengths and skills of the team are availability, responsiveness and acting as business partners.

Highly proactive.

Senior associate Pasquale Grella is calm, reactive, available, and has the ability to understand business needs.

Key clients

Affinity Petcare

Barclays

Biosensors

Chanel

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Ferrero

Hearst Magazines

Nike

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Italy

SAFE

Work highlights

  • Assisted Biosensors Europe, as defence counsel in criminal proceedings, which originated from a complex investigation into corruption and aggravated fraud involving clinical trials.
  • Advised a consortium, made up of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone and Macquarie, on the risk management issues surrounding their investment in Autostrade per l’Italia.
  • Advised Cubico Sustainable Investments on the risk management and deal structure surrounding the acquisition from I Squared Capital of Grupo T-Solar.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s market positioning is based on a successful combination of civil, criminal and tech law expertise which distinguish the department from the competition. Supreme Court lawyer and practice head Fabio Guastadisegni is a renowned insolvency, restructuring, banking and finance litigator and commercial arbitrator. Separate subteams with full dedication to regulatory investigations and financial crimes, managed by white-collar criminal law expert Antonio Golino, are also a strong asset. In this space and also in restructuring litigation, Carlo Felice Giampaolino and Giuseppe Principato are further names to note. Andrea Tuninetti Ferrari was promoted to counsel in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Guastadisegni

Key clients

TBG Group/Petrolvalves

Sirtec

Leonardo

Synlab

BaoSteel

Prelios

Mubadala

Citibank

Ferrovie dello Stato

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Enel S.p.A.

Credito Valtellinese

Volkswagen Bank Gmbh

Biosensors

Seat

Pagine Gialle

ING

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel of record of a former senior managing director of Deutsche Bank for the appellate proceedings, after a first instance conviction from the Court of Milan on charges of aiding and abetting market manipulation through false financial statements.
  • Acting for the French bankruptcy trustees of the Kidiliz Group in the relationships with over 500 employees and approx. 150 landlords owning the premises where Kidiliz operated its business.
  • Advising Credito Valtellinese with regards to a contentious activity, focused first on the analysis of Credito Valtellinese former corporate bodies’ conducts, and then the commencement of a civil liability claim against them on behalf of Credito Valtellinese, which suffered damages as consequence of their unlawful conducts.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 2

Clifford Chance's seven-strong Italian competition practice is sought out for its assistance with anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant proceedings and merger control. The department also advises on foreign investment, state aid, consumer protection and private enforcement matters. Heading the antitrust department in Italy, Luciano Di Via has longstanding experience in antitrust and regulatory matters including state aid and Golden Power matters; his career also includes approximately ten years at the ICA. At senior associate level, Pasquale Leone focuses on the insurance, credit, energy, telecoms, and transport and logistics sectors.

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Key clients

Ardian

Carrefour

Cellnex

CVC

Enel

Easyjet

General Electric

Liquigas (SHV Group)

Macquarie

Partners Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for General Electric Healthcare Italia in an investigation launched by the ICA into an alleged abuse of dominant position in the Italian market for diagnostic instruments and maintenance services.
  • Assisted Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets with the antitrust and Golden Power filing of the acquisition of a controlling stake in the corporate capital of Open Fiber from Enel.
  • Advising Italia Trasporto Aereo (a newco promoted and funded by the Italian Ministry of Economy) on an ongoing project that aims to acquire the assets of Alitalia in Extraordinary Administration.

Italy > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Consistently acting on landmark energy transactions, Clifford Chance‘s Italy practice has longstanding experience in advising renewable energy, thermoelectric, hydroelectric and hydrogen players. The group also assists oil and gas multinationals with upstream and downstream oil and gas operations; and acts for power companies on greenfield power plants and renewable sources. With over 20 years’ experience in the Italian energy and infrastructure scene, practice leader Umberto Penco Salvi advises energy businesses on the development of their strategies for the Italian market; and Charles Adams and Giuseppe De Palma are finance specialists.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Great skills and ability to deal with complex operations.

Highly reliable.

Key clients

A2A

Ansaldo Energia

Building Energy

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Falck Renewables

Macquarie Group

E2i Energie Speciali

Edison

EDF

EDP Renewables

Enel

ENI

ERG

Total

Work highlights

  • Advised Edison on the sale to Energean of Edison Exploration and Production and its investments in the hydrocarbon exploration and production sector.
  • Advised Cubico Sustainable Investments on the acquisition of Grupo T-Solar from I Squared Capital.
  • Advised Eni on the signing of an agreement with Azora Capital for the acquisition of a portfolio of nine renewable energy projects in Spain.

Italy > Private equity Tier 2

At Clifford Chance, the private equity department consists of multidisciplinary professionals from several practice areas, namely corporate, finance, tax and capital markets. The team is consequently well-placed to lend its support through the full lifecycle of relevant transactions and caters to a broad client roster of private equity houses, banks and direct lenders in addition to sovereign wealth, pension, debt, infrastructure, real estate and hedge funds. Claudio Cerabolini demonstrates a vast track record, spread across 20 years’ worth of practice, of representing some of the market’s largest players, both domestic and international; he is often supported by Filippo Isacco, an up-and-coming partner in the private equity field who is distinctly dual-qualified as both a lawyer and a charted accountant.

Key clients

Ardian

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Partners Group

Apax Partners

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Cinven

EQT Partners

Permira

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ardian, through its portfolio company Dedalus Holding, on the acquisition of the Healthcare Software Solutions business of DXC Technology, one of the largest global IT services companies.      
  • Advised Cometa S.p.A. (vehicle controlled by Eolo’s Founder and President Luca Spada) on the sale to Partners Group of the 75% of the share capital of the Italian broadband group Eolo S.p.A.
  • Assisted the founding family of P.M. Plastic Materials, Europe’s largest producer of pre-wired and empty cable conduits, in connection with the sale of the company to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) that performed its first management buyout (MBO) in Italy.

Italy > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Clifford Chance‘s restructuring and insolvency team exclusively focuses  on high-profile restructurings, distressed refinancing and insolvency transactions and is supported by the firm-wide international restructuring and insolvency group. Managing partner Giuseppe De Palma is a key name, together with litigation head Fabio Guastadisegni and corporate and M&A head Paolo Sersale. Counsel Filippo Isacco specialises in corporate restructuring transactions. In Rome, Carlo Felice Giampaolino stands out.

Practice head(s):

Giuseppe De Palma

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kidiliz Group

Citibank

Exprivia S.p.A.

Mubadala Investment Company PSJC

Permasteelisa

HSBC bank PLC

Mitsubishi Corporation

ATAC S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Kidiliz Group, a multinational player in the kidswear retail sector headquartered in France, in a very complex cross-border and pan-European restructuring, which led to the sale of a branch of its business to the Vincenzo Zucchi and the ID Valeurs Groups.
  • Assisting Citibank in its role as trustee of the bondholders of Moby S.p.A., a leading Italian shipping company, on the enforcement of their €300 million claim vis-à-vis Moby in the context of the composition with creditors (concordato preventivo) of Moby pending before the Court of Milan.
  • Advising Exprivia in relation to the turnaround of Italtel S.p.A. and ongoing discussions with financing banks.

Italy > Employment Tier 3

Clifford Chance‘s Italian office provides local expertise, paired with access to a strong, global network. The team is therefore able to assist leading companies on all employment issues in connection to corporate transactions, trade unions and industrial relations. Simonetta Candela leads the team and focuses her practice on remuneration and regulatory aspects in the credit and financial sector, restructuring processes and litigation. She is assisted by associate Marina Mobiglia.  

Practice head(s):

Simonetta Candela

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kidiliz

Partners Group

Daikin

Fondo Italiano di Investimento

AMCO

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Kidiliz Group in a “redressement judiciaire” procedure opened by the Commercial Court of Paris.
  • Advised Partners Group on the acquisition of a significant equity stake (49%) in Telepass S.p.A..
  • Assisted a large-scale retail channel n front of the Court of Appeal of Naples in the litigation proceedings brought by 193 former employees of the store for the purpose of challenging the transfer of the business.

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Clifford Chance routinely assists property companies, investors, funds, asset management companies and lenders on real estate matters. Heading the Italy real estate practice, Claudio Cerabolini is a real estate, private equity, and private and public M&A transactions specialist, his expertise comprising fund and financial sponsor-led deals; Giuseppe De Palma and counsel Francesca Cuzzocrea have substantial real estate finance experience; and senior associate Angela Benincasa advises on portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

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Testimonials

Very experienced lawyers in real estate and construction law.

The CC team offers the client 100% legal support, thanks to all the professional skills that positively distinguish every aspect/peculiarity of each real estate transaction.

Professionals who are dedicated to each operation, very responsive, and always attentive to deadlines and objectives.

Competent people with the desire to achieve goals.

Availability of the firm in finding solutions and co-ordinating the analysis of the project.

Clifford Chance was of great legal support during the realisation of our completed real estate transaction. It drew up very accurate and precise legal due diligence, highlighting the potential risks and proposing solutions.

The promptness of feedback was particularly appreciated, especially during the closing phase, as well as their willingness to make urgent support calls when needed.

Claudio Cerabolini and senior associate Angela Benincasa were particularly helpful and proactive in taking all steps necessary to complete the mandate.

Key clients

AXA Investment Managers

Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust

Finanziaria Internazionale Investments SGR

Invesco Real Estate

Generali Real Estate

Goldman Sachs

Patrizia AG

Swiss Life RE

Partners Group

Prelios SGR

Work highlights

  • Advised Patrizia AG on the corporate, real estate, regulatory and financing aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of eight properties for logistical use.
  • Advised Finanziaria Internazionale Investments SGR on the acquisition from Fondo Toscanini (managed by Generali Real Estate SGR) of Palazzo Gran Torino, a large real estate complex in Turin that is devoted to office, residential and retail use.
  • Advised the outgoing noteholders (headed by Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies) on the sale of an international portfolio of eight hotels by Värde Partners to Covivio Hotels.

Italy > Tax Tier 3

Clifford Chance’s Italy team advises predominantly on tax-related transactions and disputes. Its representative expertise covers finance, M&A and real estate taxation, along with tax audits and enquiries, and litigation before the tax courts. Leading the tax practice, Carlo Galli advises on the tax side to M&A, capital markets, structured finance and international tax planning. Providing key support are counsel Sara Mancinelli, and senior associates Andrea Sgrilli and Roberto Ingrassia.

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Testimonials

Highly specialised in the taxation of financial products.

Satisfies the specific needs of clients and represents fair value for money.

The tax team is very well structured and able to offer a complete service, ranging from assistance on the actual operation to litigation.

Very attentive to the client, and the team is endowed with great flexibility in proposing commercial solutions that are suitable to the required service.

What distinguishes them is their proactivity in reporting news and ideas that may be of interest, as well as maximum openness to discussion.

Excellent professionals who are co-ordinated by Carlo Galli, who has deep knowledge of the subject as well as his clients.

Carlo Galli’s wealth of experience made him really stand out. There seemed to be no tax item that he had not seen and negotiated before. But what was really special was his commercial approach, and ability to communicate and negotiate with non-tax counter-parties – this is quite rare for tax lawyers, who are often very technical and hide behind corporate lawyers during final negotiations.

Carlo Galli is incredibly well connected within the industry, and so was able to have side discussions to put forward our point of view in a more informal way.

Key clients

Ardian

AMCO

Bain Capital

Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies

Edison

Eni

Leonardo

Primonial Real Estate

Prysmian

Starwood Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ardian, through its portfolio company Dedalus Holding, on the tax aspects of the acquisition of the Healthcare Software Solutions business of DXC Technology.
  • Advised a consortium, comprising Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Blackstone and Macquarie, on the tax side to their acquisition of Autostrade per l’Italia.
  • Assisted Eni with the tax aspects surrounding the issue of a worldwide sustainability-linked bond.

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

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

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