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Clifford Chance
LEVEL 16, NO. 1 O'CONNELL STREET
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australia

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Clifford Chance is noted for the cross-border nature of its work and has a particularly strong presence across the Asia-Pacific; the Australian team benefits from being fully integrated within the firm's global arbitration group. The team is at the forefront of investor-state dispute settlement and has significant capabilities on the international commercial arbitration front. Notably, it relies upon its own advocacy capabilities before arbitral tribunals. Cameron Hassall splits his time between Hong Kong and Sydney and leads the firm's international arbitration for Greater China group. Based in Perth, Sam Luttrell is a key contact for disputes in the natural resources sector, although the group maintains a wider focus on energy, infrastructure, aviation, corporate, and banking disputes, among others. Counsel Robert Tang is also noted in Sydney.

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Key clients

Carlyle

Accolade

Kingsgate Consolidated

Rio Tinto

David Lemon

New Century Resources

EmergeVest

Chairman of Forge

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining Kenya

Churchill Mining Plc

Xstate Resources

Saipem SA / Saipem Portugal Comercio Maritimo LDA

Glencore

Aercap

China Development Bank

Partner Group

Nord Anglia

Macquarie Bank

CVC

Global Switch

ECommerced

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance has significant capabilities in class actions, regulatory investigations, and alternative dispute resolution. Due to its access to the firm’s global network, the team is also well-versed in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. The group’s recent high-profile mandates testify to the depth of the team members’ expertise in acting on the defence side in insolvency-related litigation and in relation to claims alleging misleading or deceptive conduct; standout clients in this space include Herbert Smith Freehills’ corporate partners and EY. Ben Luscombe (Perth) and financial reporting specialist Angela Pearsall (Sydney) share leadership of the department.

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Key clients

HSBC

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Kingsgate Consolidated

Rio Tinto

David Lemon

New Century Resources

Herbert Smith Freehills

Chairman of Forge

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining Kenya

Churchill Mining

Xstate Resources

Saipem SA / Saipem Portugal Comercio Maritimo LDA

Glencore

EY

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Clifford Chance advises a combination of resource companies and financial investors on transactions, disputes, and negotiations with host governments for energy projects in Asia and Africa, with a strong focus on renewable energy. The practice also has notable capabilities in the commodities trading market. Key names within the practice include the Perth-based duo of Sam Luttrell, who specialises in international arbitration within the energy and resources sector, and Philip Sealey, who advises international sponsors and borrowers on project financings. Sydney-based Nadia Kalic advises industry players and investors on domestic and cross-border energy and infrastructure transactions. Perth-based senior associate Amanda Murphy is highly recommended for her technical expertise across corporate advisory, regulatory, and contentious work.

Key clients

Shell

Quadrant Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners

Arrow Energy

Rio Tinto

Macquarie, Orsted and Swancor Renewable Energy

Kingsgate Consolidated

Equis

Cbus

Partners Group

Coleambally Solar Farm

JBIC, K-EXIM

Vision Infrastructure TopCp S.à r.l

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Tantalum International Ltd

Cortec Mining

Saipem SA & Saipem Portugal Maritimo Comercio LDA

Project finance Tier 2

Clifford Chance focuses on first-to-market deals, regularly leading complex cross-border and multijurisdictional financing transactions across the Asia-Pacific, drawing on the firm's regional and global platform for infrastructure and energy projects. The team also advises on privatisation transactions, acting for private equity sponsors and international banks. Banking and finance head Richard Gordon advises lenders and borrowers on a range of project and infrastructure transactions, many involving foreign investors. Perth's Philip Sealey advises international sponsors, lenders, and borrowers on renewable energy financings, while Nadia Kalic is active in oil and gas and natural resources transactions. Cameron Hassall takes the lead on disputes work. Chad Bochan advises on infrastructure and green financing projects as part of the firm's banking team. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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Key clients

Three syndicates of Australian and international financiers to the Sydney Transport Partners consortium

Macquarie and Swancor Rewewable Energy

Arrow Energy

Partners Group

Land Services WA consortium

Endeavour Energy

Vision Infrastructure

China Development Bank

Bank of China

NAB

Banking and finance Tier 3

Drawing on its vast international network, Clifford Chance is regularly instructed on significant cross-border deals. Sydney-based Australia managing partner Richard Gordon heads up the department, bringing specialist experience in leveraged acquisitions, project and infrastructure transactions, corporate lending, and restructurings. In recent team news, May 2020 saw the promotion to partner of both Chad Bochan in Sydney, an energy and infrastructure financing specialist and head of the firm's Australian financial markets regulatory practice, and Mark Gillgren, who leads the national restructuring and insolvency practice from Perth and has expertise in trade and commodity finance.

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Testimonials

Very strong banking and finance practice.

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Five V Capital

Credit Suisse

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Land Services WA consortium

OCP Asia

Deutsche Bank

ING Bank

HSBC

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

AMP Capital

WestConnex syndicates

Opportunity International

Barclays – on EG Group’s acquisition of Woolworths’ petrol stations

Davidson Kempner

Bank of China

ANZ

Competition and trade Tier 4

At Clifford Chance, merger control, competition litigation, market investigations and regulatory issues for the bedrock of the competition team’s work. Of particular note, clients praise the team’s credentials in the realm of access regulation; acting for tech sector clients is another particular area of focus. Sydney-based Dave Poddar chairs the Asia-Pacific antitrust group, which benefits from being fully integrated within the firm’s global network across Europe, Asia and the US. Senior associate Mark Grime is also a key figure in the team.

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Testimonials

Very good service. Great at meeting timelines for any work that is requested. Availability to discuss issues is also very good.

Well-versed in the competition and regulatory sphere, especially access regulation. Consistently involved in high-quality work. The team brings an understanding of how to navigate the key drivers behind the government’s and the regulators’ decision-making.

Dave Poddar is always available to discuss issues and to ensure that clients receive a very good service. He has very good experience.

Dave Poddar is extremely responsive and commercial in his dealings with us.  He understands our business and looks for all avenues to support the organisation in achieving its goals, including proactively advising of potential developments in this sphere.

Key clients

Glencore Coal

Bunnings

NBC Universal

Wesfarmers

Lactalis Australia

CBH Group

Australian Vintage

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

New South Wales Minerals Council

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Clifford Chance has a highly focused private equity, infrastructure, and financial sponsor practice, advising a number of high-profile funds and investors on buyouts, minority investments, and sales nationally and internationally. The team is integrated within the firm's global and APAC platforms, with significant cross-border and multijurisdictional expertise. Andrew Crook leads the practice and advises major clients including Partners Group on complex transactions in a number of industries. Mark Currell is highly active in a variety of transactions and regulatory matters. Nadia Kalic focuses on energy and infrastructure-related deals, while senior counsels Jacob Kahwaji and Reuben van Werkum are also highly recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team is made up of seasoned M&A attorneys. They are a well-oiled team, working seamlessly and tirelessly.

‘Andrew Crook is a smart, experienced team leader. He understands not only M&A but takes time to understand a client’s business so he can tailor his approach to meet their needs. He and his team, including Jacob Kahwaji and Reuben van Werkum, have strong technical skills and provide superior client service – even with a time difference of 14 hours.’

Key clients

PVH Corp.

Five V Capital

Pepper Group

Partners Group

AMA Group

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Holdings

Sunsuper and HESTA

ProTen

BizCover

Pemba Capital Partners

TBG AG / DTN

Navis Capital Partners and Device Technologies

Tobi Pearce and Kayla Itsines, and The Bikini Body Training Company

BBRC Private Equity

I-MED Radiology Network

Quintet Partners

The Carlyle Group

Willian Hill

Nature’s Care consortium

Photon Energy

Pacific Infrastructure Partners

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 4

Clifford Chance’s class action mandates are certainly high-profile; it is currently involved in a series of class action proceedings in the New South Wales Supreme Court, where it is representing Deloitte in relation to matters to Dick Smith’s collapse. The group also benefits from a significant volume of referral work due to its strength in insolvency-related litigation. Ben Luscombe (Perth) shares leadership of the dispute resolution group with Angela Pearsall (Sydney), who counts financial reporting cases among her core areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Herbert Smith Freehills

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

S&P Global Inc.

Deloitte Corporate Finance Pty

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Clifford Chance advises a combination of resource companies and financial investors on transactions, disputes, and negotiations with host governments for resources projects in Asia and Africa. The practice also has notable capabilities in the commodities trading market. Key names within the practice include the Perth-based duo of Sam Luttrell, who specialises in international abritration within the energy and resources sector, and Philip Sealey, who advises international sponsors and borrowers on project financings. Sydney-based Nadia Kalic advises resource companies and investors on domestic and cross-border energy and infrastructure transactions.

Key clients

Shell

Quadrant Energy

Global Infrastructure Partners

Arrow Energy

Rio Tinto

Macquarie, Orsted and Swancor Renewable Energy

Kingsgate Consolidated

Equis

Cbus

Partners Group

Coleambally Solar Farm

JBIC, K-EXIM

Vision Infrastructure

China Development Bank

Bank of China

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining

White-collar crime Tier 4

Ben Luscombe and Angela Pearsall co-head the Clifford Chance litigation and dispute resolution team which includes the regulatory and white-collar crime expertise. Pearsall's broad litigation practice includes contentious regulatory disputes, defending professional services firms, and she is a specialist in financial reporting disputes. Litigator Tim Grave undertakes a range of matters, such as contentious regulatory cases, investigations by ASIC in relation to allegations of foreign bribery, and also a high-profile case of an alleged conspiracy to commit insider trading offences.

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Key clients

Rio Tinto

An international bank

Churchill Mining

The Managing Director of ForexCT, a provider of forex and CFD trading services.

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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