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Clifford Chance

Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 1

Best known for its experience in aviation finance, the multi-jurisdictional practice at Clifford Chance is particularly skilled in multi-aircraft purchases,  ECA transactions, operating lease transactions and cross-border and domestic debt financing, including limited recourse and structured transactions. With capabilities in English, New York, Japanese, Singapore and Hong Kong law, the practice is a firm favourite with banks, export credit agencies, leasing companies and manufacturers throughout Asia. Key partners include chair of the firm's Asia-wide asset finance group Simon Briscoe, Fergus EvansKate Sherrard and Gervais Green, who focuses on the shipping sector, with an emphasis on project financing in the offshore oil and gas and shipping sectors for LNG vessels. Senior associate Daniel König is of note for aircraft finance and leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briscoe, Fergus Evans, Gervais Green; Kate Sherrard

Other key lawyers:

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance lost significant senior firepower with the retirement of Andrew Gambarini and the headline move of Andrew Brereton to King & Spalding LLP. Institutionalised relationships and the prominence of remaining partners Andrew Hutchins, who is noted for lender side roles, and Thomas England, who was promoted to partner in 2018, will be crucial to the firm's ongoing standing. The team is pivoting to private equity-driven financings and this now accounts for a substantial portion of engagements for both lenders and private equity sponsors. It also continues to make an impression in financings led by alternative lenders and credit funds. Moreover, it is building its record in India and other frontier markets such as Laos.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hutchins; Thomas England


‘A good team, solution oriented, very responsive and balanced.’

‘The partners in different regions work well with each other and have no issues referring deals. This means they have expertise across jurisdictions/ industries and deal structure, which is market leading.’

‘Thomas England is super lawyer. He has focus for detail unlike many other law firm partners. In a tough negotiation, he is a partner that we want involved in our deals.’

‘Thomas England and his team are very detailed, balanced, quick to respond and very solution oriented.’

‘Andrew Hutchins is very clear, concise and constructive.’

Key clients

ICG Strategic Equity Advisors

Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance leads the field in Singapore law equity offerings, India equity and debt deals, regional debt, high-yield debt and hybrid products. The firm has achieved an impressive market share of Singapore REIT offerings, growth in Malaysia debt issuances and a mounting pipeline of deals from Vietnam. Newly minted partner Gareth Deiner is recognised for English law structured DCM issuances. Johannes Juette covers the US securities angle, including high-yield debt and Regulation S/144A offerings, notably in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, while Rahul Guptan is a leader in India ECM/DCM transactions, including the market's first REIT offering and many other headline deals. Singapore- and English-qualified Raymond Tong is at the forefront of local and regional offerings, including REIT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Deiner; Johannes Juette; Rahul Guptan; Raymond Tong


‘Johannes Juette is constructive, understands the product and works collaboratively.’

‘Gareth Deiner combines technical expertise, business savvy and an attention to detail. He is our go-to lawyer for capital markets transactions.’

Key clients


PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium Persero (Inalum)

Baring Private Equity

Government of Indonesia

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company

DBS Bank

BNP Paribas

JM Financial

Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance has a strong presence in OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, and a range of structured products. It covers both transactional and regulatory issues. Paul Landless specialises in structured finance, derivatives and financial markets products,  while financial regulatory specialist Lena Ng is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Paul Landless

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance has maintained impressive levels of big-ticket engagements from multinational corporates and financial investors, including private equity, pension and sovereign wealth funds. It remains a recognised leader in the financial institutions, consumer, energy and tech sectors. It has landed a number of Singapore real estate deals, has seen growth in Thailand and Vietnam, and continues to be prominent in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The established team features three partners and two senior counsels. Senior names Valerie Kong and Melissa Ng are both English and Singapore qualified, while emerging name Satbir Walia is noted for financial institutions, technology and consumer goods deals deals. Counsel Tom Lin is a key figure on the private equity side.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Kong; Melissa Ng; Satbir Walia


‘The firm is technically strong, always available and this makes clients happy.’

‘Valerie Kong is very high quality and deal friendly, you can have very sensible discussions with her and her W&I expertise is very helpful.’

‘Melissa Ng is sensible, commercial and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Valerie Kong and Melissa Ng are very hands on M&A partners that are commercial and are on top of all their deals. They don’t come across as overly high level and thus are able to understand all key issues.’

‘Satbir Walia was very hands-on throughout the project. She was helpful and provided advice that was both sound and practical.’

Key clients

ICG Strategic Equity

TS Global Holdings

Golden Springs Group


PSA Corporation

CGN Solar Energy Development


Maplebridge Investment

CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV

Financial services regulatory: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance advises on the full spectrum of financial regulatory matters, and is noted for its expertise in the niche areas of clearing of derivatives, new regulated activities, licensing regimes and product definitions to the Securities and Futures Act for ISDA, FIA, ASIFMA and AIMA. It fields a sizeable team that is able to assist with high-profile cross-border regulatory investigations, supported by its network of global offices and its alliance with Cavenagh Law for representation in criminal and civil proceedings. Lena Ng leads the department and is 'a recognised figure in the market' for licensing, exemptions and conduct of business. Paul Landless is likewise 'a well-respected name' in the field of securities and derivatives; Kabir Singh and associate Janice Goh are the other names to note for anti-money laundering investigations. Nish Shetty chairs the dispute resolution practice. Senior associate Sheena Teng is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Lena Ng

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a particular strength in governance and licensing (including cross-border licensing) matters.’

‘Paul Landless provides a lot of thought leadership in the fintech space.’

‘Lena Ng – responsive, practical, always up-to-date with great market knowledge and with the right contacts in the relevant areas.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

International arbitration Tier 1

Clifford Chance operates a relatively unique model through its Formal Law Alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP, enabling it to provide a seamless offering for international arbitration and any related Singapore court applications and proceedings. The team has achieved a broad geographic coverage, with a notably strong records in disputes involving India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea. Paul Sandosham is widely praised for his expertise in infrastructure and construction cases, while Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh are also known for large India disputes. Harpreet Singh Nehal SC has left to launch Audent Chambers LLC and Kelvin Teo has moved to Drew & Napier LLC.

Practice head(s):

Nish Shetty; Paul Sandosham; Kabir Singh


‘The team we work with are highly efficient, capable of grasping key points of the case and soon sorting out rough strategy to work on.’

‘They are neat and polite in writing and communication with all relevant parties, and are professional in offering suggestion and solutions. Their sourcing of domestic legal support (the country to which the jurisdiction of the contract is subject to) is also very well organized and executed, which helps a lot in winning the case.’

‘Our in-house peers would like to know the firm’s legal practices in international contract dispute resolution, the industries involved and the cooperation with local legal firms.’

‘Our sincere gratitude goes to Mr. Nish Shetty, Ms Joan Lim-Casanova and Mr. Xide Low. The are highly efficient, always on time in document deliveries and excellent in cross-examination during the case opening. The team work in high harmony and they treat the case very seriously.’

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance's 'top-tier group of experienced lawyers' includes managing partner Kai-Niklas SchneiderLena Ng, Matthias Feldmann, counsel Daryl Liu and senior associate Luke Chen. The team stands out for its broad coverage and stellar client base of international and regional fund managers. The practice is able to advise on the formation of, and investment in, a variety of funds, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, venture capital and hedge funds. Other areas of expertise include funds-related regulatory and securities law,  secondary transactions and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Kai-Niklas Schneider

Key clients


ICG Strategy Equity

Quadria Capital

CBRE Global Investors

Tata Capital

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance provides 'an outstanding, seamless service' on a range of employment issues covering advisory work, dispute resolution and the employment aspects of major transactions. The practice is also known for its expertise in regulatory risk management, personal data, privacy, confidentiality, appraisals in respect of bonus allocations, disciplinary actions and appeals. Corporate lead Valerie Kong and dispute resolution partners Kabir Singh, Nish Shetty, Harpreet Singh Nehal SC and Melissa Ng are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kabir Singh, Valerie Kong

Key clients

Henkel Group

Airbus S.A.S

Navis Capital Partners


Projects: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance has devoted considerable resources and expertise to its thriving projects practice in Singapore, which is achieving prominence in renewables, including offshore wind in Taiwan and Japan, midstream and downstream oil and gas, and conventional power. The firm is also active in transport and social infrastructure, including airports, 5G telecoms programmes and data centres. Nicholas Wong is co-head of the global projects group and has a huge body of experience in renewables and conventional power projects, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Matthew Buchanan leads the Asia Pacific construction practice and is another notable name, while Ross Howard brings additional senior-level experience in energy and infrastructure projects, having transferred from Tokyo.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Wong


‘Excellent knowledge of project financing for the renewable energy field.’

‘The team is very organised and efficient and they conduct themselves in an utmost professional manner.’

The period of time between a request and the associated response is quite short given the complexity of the issue. The team is very solution oriented and it has a very advanced commercial view.

Nicholas Wong is very experienced, wise and reliable. He is one of most trusted advisers I’ve ever worked with. He is an extremely quick thinker and diligently takes care of his clients. I believe his most distinctive characteristic might be his innovative approach for deadlock situations.

‘Matthew Buchanan is very ingrained with us and essentially part of our team. Matt and his team are driven to produce the best outcome on our behalf. And he has proven to be a business partner worthy of our trust.’

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Changi Airport International

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance fields an 'experienced team' of restructuring and finance specialists who are 'very good' at handling restructurings and rescue securitisations, moratoriums, work-outs, standstills and override arrangements, debt-to-equity swaps, as well as structured receiverships and restructurings through insolvency processes. The practice is supported by a cross-disciplinary network of industry specialists in the oil and gas, construction, telecoms and shipping sectors. Nish Shetty is currently acting for the liquidators of O.W. Bunker Far East in connection with the liquidators of the OW Bunker Group. Andrew Hutchins focuses on cross-border leveraged transactions, restructuring and enforcement. Andrew Brereton joined King & Spalding LLP in December 2018.

Practice head(s):

Nish Shetty

Other key lawyers:

Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance has leveraged its local, regional and global expertise to carve out an impressive market share of renewables sector engagements in Asia Pacific. The firm has made significant inroads in M&A, private equity investment and projects in the full-range of renewables segments, including offshore wind in Taiwan and Japan. It has also secured major mandates in midstream and downstream oil and gas, conventional power and mining. Melissa Ng is a key name in energy and resources M&A and investments, while Nicholas Wong is co-head of the global projects group and has a tremendous record in conventional power and renewables projects, and oil and gas projects. Matthew Buchanan leads the Asia Pacific construction practice and is a key figure in the team. Ross Howard is another experienced figure in energy and resources projects.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Buchanan; Ross Howard; Melissa Ng; Nicholas Wong


‘The team is extremely dedicated to what we do as its client. They work with us like partners and seek outcomes that are always in our interest. They are insightful and forward thinking, anticipating problems before they arise. We appreciate their strategic thinking and partnership approach.’

‘The team is solutions focused and can see the path to resolution of issues as issues arise. This type of thinking drives outcomes.’

Key clients

PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)


Macquarie Capital

Star Energy

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 3

Focusing on corporate, financing and restructuring work in the maritime sector, Clifford Chance further benefits from its strategic alliance with Cavenagh Law to provide shipping dispute resolution capabilities and support to clients in insolvency proceedings. Gervais Green regularly advises on project financing, particularly in the offshore oil and gas and shipping space, for LNG vessels. Kate Sherrard is noted for handling cross-border asset and structured finance transactions

Practice head(s):

Gervais Green

Other key lawyers:

TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Clifford Chance's practice is led by Luke Grubb, who also chairs the firm's Asia Pacific technology group. His practice extends to all forms of complex and cross-border technology matters, including outsourcing, payments and fintech, commercial contracts, cloud computing, content licensing and distribution, data privacy and cybersecurity. Lena Ng and Satbir Walia are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Luke Grubb

Other key lawyers:

Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 1

Clifford Chance has a substantial Vietnam practice, with cross-sector expertise covering banking, M&A and asset financing matters. The team is headed by Singapore-based duo Fergus Evans and Ross Howard, who have specialisms in project financing for large international clients, and undertake advisory work for major financial institutions. Other names include M&A specialist Valerie Kong, and away from Singapore Hans Menski in Tokyo is the name to note for energy maters. Andrew Gambarini has retired.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Evans; Ross Howard

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bangkok Bank PCL

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

DVB Bank S.E.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation


The Export-Import Bank of Korea

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance has experience handling a range of Malaysia-related corporate, banking and finance and capital market instructions. The group has a particular reputation for its capital markets expertise and recently advised Malaysia-based poultry producer Leong Hup International Berhad and its selling shareholders on a RM 1bn initial public offering on Bursa Malaysia. Names to note include Singapore-based partners Raymond Tong and Johannes Juette for capital markets and Valerie Kong for corporate and M&A transactions.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance has international arbitration talent across many of Asia's key centres. Ling Ho and Thomas Walsh in Hong Kong are notable, and Greater China arbitration practice head Cameron Hassall divides his time between Sydney and Hong Kong. Sam Luttrell, who has a track record of investor-state disputes and Ben Luscombe are also notable in Australia, while in Singapore Paul Sandosham, Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh are key names in a team with a track record for India-related work. Lei Shi is at the helm of the firm's arbitration offering in Mainland China.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance's skill set in this space covers corporate and M&A, banking and finance, projects and energy, restructuring and insolvency, and dispute resolution. Melissa Ng leads the practice and is particularly skilled in M&A and joint ventures. Tom England is regularly instructed in financings and restructurings, whereas Kate Sherrard is an expert in restructurings and insolvency. Other highly recommended members of the team include capital markets specialist Johannes Juette; Paul Sandosham, who focuses on energy disputes; Kabir Singh, who works on general commercial litigation and arbitration; and Nicholas Wong, who specialises in project development and financing.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Ng

Key clients

ICG Strategic Equity Advisors

BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch

Surya Pertiwi

The Export-Import Bank of China

Medco Power

Star Energy

Barito Group

Navis Capital

Ayala Land

Northstar Group

Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 2

Recommended firm Clifford Chance provides English, Singapore law and US law advice to its clients in multi-jurisdictional transactions, with particular strength in corporate and M&A and finance. Its sector specialisms span energy and natural resources, private equity, real estate, financial institutions and telecoms, among others. In a significant transaction, Valerie Kong and a team advised Golden Springs Group on the sale of a majority stake in Gold Coin, a major animal feed manufacturer with operations in 11 countries, to Pilmico International. Singapore-based financial institutions and tech specialist Satbir Walia (who previously worked in the Hong Kong and New York offices) was promoted to partner in 2018. Andrew Gambarini retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

Alex Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Paul Landless; Satbir Walia; Johannes Juette; Ross Howard; Fergus Evans; Melissa Ng; Simon Briscoe; Valerie Kong

Key clients

Golden Springs Group Ltd

AC Energy

Metrobank Card Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Mitsui & Co.

L Catterton Asia

India > Foreign firms Tier 2

Clifford Chance advises on a wide range of India-related matters, including inbound and outbound M&A, joint ventures, commercial arrangements, capital markets transactions, acquisition financing, external commercial borrowing as well as dispute resolution. Apart from its deep expertise in the banking sector, the firm is a strong force in some of the key sectors for the Indian economy, including infrastructure, telecoms, energy and resources. Singapore-based capital markets expert Rahul Guptan jointly heads the group alongside banking and finance lawyer Ranbir Hunjan (London), Mark Poulton (London) and Neeraj Budhwani (Hong Kong). Budhawani has extensive experience in M&A and private equity, including leveraged buy-outs and general securities related work.

Practice head(s):

Rahul Guptan; Neeraj Budhwani; Mark Poulton; Ranbir Hunjan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas England

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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