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Clifford Chance

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Assisting both national and international clients, Clifford Chance’s litigation and dispute resolution department handles commercial litigation including class actions, regulatory investigations, and alternative dispute resolution. Particularly noteworthy is the group’s strength in arbitration, where the team is well versed in acting in respect of both international commercial arbitration as well as on investor-state dispute settlement. Cameron Hassall splits his time between China and Australia and specialises in disputes arising across sectors such as energy and infrastructure, corporate, private equity, aviation, and banking. Perth-based Sam Luttrell is a prominent practitioner in the natural resources sector and is recommended for ISDS work. Also based in Perth, ‘amazing’ practice co-head Ben Luscombe is equally adept at assisting clients with international commercial arbitration and large-scale litigation. Sydney-based department co-head Angela Pearsall has expertise in financial reporting litigation and contentious regulatory matters. Jenni Hill departed to accept a judge appointment at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.


All team members are always very professional, have valuable skillsets, and provide excellent legal services

The team stands out for its strategic thinking, understanding of the client’s commercial drivers, and its comprehensive and high-quality legal representation

Ben Luscombe and counsel Angelina Gomez are always very professional – I have been particularly happy with them due to their commitment, courtesy, patience, and the high quality of their reports

Key clients


Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Kingsgate Consolidated

S&P Global

Rio Tinto

New Century Resources

Xstate Resources

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining Kenya

Churchill Mining Plc

Banking and finance Tier 3

Clifford Chance utilises its international network to excel in cross-border financings, with notable expertise in acquisition, asset and project finance work, structured products and financial regulatory issues. The group counts lenders, borrowers, advisers and other intermediaries as clients, with Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs and Westpac being key examples. Practice head Richard Gordon is Australia managing partner and specialises in leveraged acquisitions, project and infrastructure transactions, corporate lending and restructurings; Chad Bochan is also recommended for infrastructure matters. Alastair Gourlay joined Baker McKenzie in 2019.


Richard Gordon has a strong work ethic, a clear understanding of client and counterpart objectives and critical points with a clear ability to navigate through an issue, delivers on tight timelines and has a holistic view of key focus areas to deliver on all stakeholder objectives.

Richard Gordon is a solid negotiator and is great at focusing attention on important matters and reaching compromises on lower order issues.

It is a smaller team with great access to senior individuals (partners and special counsel). They are very active in the market and have solid knowledge and expertise, and are very capable at guiding bank groups.

Senior-led practice with a deep bench of global talent and precedent to draw from to provide best in market advice.

Key clients

Bain Capital

Goldman Sachs







Davidson Kempner

Deutsche Bank



Bain Credit


Metrics Credit Partners



Tasman Capital


Tamar (subsidiary of CITIC)



Deutsche Bank



JP Morgan

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Nadia Kalic in Sydney and Sam Luttrell and Philip Sealey in Perth head the Clifford Chance energy and natural resources practice. Sealey also spearheads the Asia renewable power group. Across the energy and natural resources sectors, a multi-disciplinary offering has a focus on advising equity investors, sponsors and financiers on all aspects of renewables transactions involving capital raising, M&A, financings, commodity trading and disputes/arbitration. Tracey Renshaw has left the practice.

Key clients


Quadrant Energy


Arrow Energy

Macquarie, Orsted and Swancor Renewable Energy



Partners Group

Coleambally Solar Farm


Project finance Tier 3

Australia managing partner Richard Gordon who heads the banking and finance team at Clifford Chance is highlighted for his 'immense experience' and strong team leadership. His project finance expertise is well rated; he advises domestic and international lenders and borrowers on the financing and refinancing of transactions in various energy sectors and transport. Nadia Kalic provides broad corporate and project development support to clients and associates Philip Sealey and Chad Bochan are active on the financing of energy projects.


A very strong and experienced small team with terrific client focus.  Very good problem solvers with strong analytical bent. Excellent at explaining their points and finding common ground to solve problems during negotiations.’

Richard Gordon leads the team strongly. He has immense experience and is always available when his input is required. He has very fantastic support from Chad Bochan(particularly) and Nadia Kalic. Each of them is capable of leading a deal in their own right.’

Key clients

Three syndicates of Australian and international financiers

Macquarie, Ørsted (previously known as DONG Energy) and Swancor Rewewable Energy

Lenders in relation to the financing of the Tailem Bend Solar Farm

Japan Bank for International Cooperation, The Export-Import Bank of Korea and the Mandated Lead Arrangers

Lenders on the financing of the 189MWp Coleambally solar farm

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Holdings Pty Limited Public-Sector Pension Investment Board and Sunsuper Pty. Ltd consortium

Competition and trade Tier 4

Clifford Chance’s team is led by Dave Poddar in Sydney. The department forms part of the firm’s global group, which enables it to act on complex cross-border matters. Mark Grime is an experienced senior associate whose expertise includes domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger clearances and regulatory investigations and litigation. The practice handles a wide range of issues, including mergers, market investigations and competition litigation. In highlight work it acted for Glencore in its successful application to the Australian Competition Tribunal and the subsequent appeal to the Federal Court and the successful High Court case over access charges to the shipping channels of the Port of Newcastle.

Key clients

Glencore Coal




Parmalat Australia Pty

CBH Group

The National Titanium Dioxide Company (Cristal)

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

From its Sydney and Perth offices, Clifford Chance's Australian lawyers are often involved in complex multi-jurisdictional energy, natural resources and other global transactions. It also assists foreign investors including with FIRB issues. The team is headed by Andrew Crook and Lance Sacks who offer expertise in complex mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, private treaty transactions  and a range of fund raisings. Nadia Kalic is noted for her broad experience in the natural resources and energy sectors.

Key clients

PVH Corp


Carlyle Group

Nature’s Care

Royal Dutch Shell

William Hill

Mantra Group

Order-In Global Infrastructure

Partners led consortium

Partners Group

Pepperstone Group

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 4

Clifford Chance’s litigation and dispute resolution department is jointly headed by Angela Pearsall and Perth-based Ben Luscombe. The Australian group is a desired destination for clients seeking assistance with disputes in the resources and energy space. Team members’ particular strength lie in shareholder class actions. The team’s structure has undergone changes, with Diana Chang retiring in April 2019, as well as Jenni Hill departing to accept a judicial appointment at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Cameron Hassall joined internally from the firm’s office in Hong Kong, and currently splits his time between China and Australia.

Key clients

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Deloitte Corporate Finance Pty

S&P Global Inc.

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Clifford Chance provides multi-disciplinary teams that can handle a range of natural resources (and energy) transactions. As a regional hub, it advises on capital raisings, M&A, project finance, commodity trading and dispute resolution. In Sydney, Nadia Kalic has widespread expertise of international corporate transactions and Andrew Crook brings private equity and corporate experience. In Perth, Sam Luttrell focuses on dispute resolution and Philip Sealey heads the renewable power practice. Paul Lingard has moved to Norton Rose Fulbright and Tracey Renshaw has moved to the UK.

Key clients

Eramet S.A

Rio Tinto

Kingsgate Consolidated

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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