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Clifford Chance


Clifford Chance LLP - London
  • Level 16
  • No. 1 O'Connell Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • www. cliffordchance.com
  • tel: +852 2825 8888 
  • fax: +852 2825 8800
  • Managing Partner: David Childs
  • Senior Partner: Malcolm Sweeting
  • Managing Partner (Asia-Pacific): Peter Charlton
  • Number of partners: 575
  • Number of other fee-earners: 2824
  • Number of staff: 6314
  • International Offices: The firm also has offices in Brussels, Belgium; São Paulo, Brazil; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, Germany; Milan and Rome, Italy; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Casablanca, Morocco; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Warsaw, Poland; Doha, Qatar; Bucharest, Romania; Moscow, Russia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia*; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Kyiv, Ukraine; London, United Kingdom; and New York and Washington, DC, USA. *Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Al-Jaderan & Partners Law Firm in Riyadh.

Firm Overview:
Clifford Chance is one of the world’s leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm operates across the four key markets of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; and litigation and dispute resolution. The firm has 35 offices in 25 countries with some 3,400 legal advisers. Clifford Chance operates across Asia Pacific, with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. With over 400 lawyers in Asia Pacific alone, it is one of the largest international firms in the region, enjoying a market leading reputation across practices.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Capital Markets:
The capital markets practice has over 400 legal advisers worldwide, and offers a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides 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.

The corporate practice has 750 legal advisers worldwide and represents many of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on the largest and most complex transactions across the globe – from public takeovers, mergers and cross-border acquisitions to strategic alliances, joint ventures, outsourcings and restructurings. The practice offers specialist focus across a range of sectors including communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology.

The firm’s leading international finance practice has over 700 legal advisers worldwide. The practice provides 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. It regularly advises regulatory authorities, supranational bodies, governments and government agencies.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The litigation and dispute resolution practice combines local expertise and a global network of over 500 litigation and dispute resolution lawyers, including an integrated team of recognised international arbitration specialists. The team works with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques. They also work with clients to develop compliance programmes that minimise future litigation risks.

Real Estate:
The real estate practice has over 500 partners and lawyers worldwide. The team advises 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.

Clifford Chance’s leading tax practice advises clients on the complete range of international and domestic tax issues. Local tax groups work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The employment practice has more than 100 specialist employment lawyers worldwide. Lawyers advise on a wide range of labour, HR and employment issues.


  • 28th Floor,
  • Jardine House,
  • One Connaught Place,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2825 8888
  • Fax +852 2825 8800
  • Website : www.cliffordchance.com
  • Level 7, 190 St Georges Terrace,
  • Perth,
  • Western Australia
  • Australia
  • WA 6000
  • Tel +61 8 9262 5555
  • Fax +61 8 9262 5522
  • Level 16,
  • No. 1 O'Connell Street,
  • Sydney,
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Tel +61 2 8922 8000
  • Fax +61 2 8922 8088
  • 33/F China World Office Bldg 1,
  • No 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100004
  • Tel +86 10 6535 2288
  • Fax +86 10 6505 9028
  • 40th Floor,
  • Bund Centre,
  • 222 Yan An East Road,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200002
  • Tel +86 21 2320 7288
  • Fax +86 21 2320 7256
  • Akasaka Tameike Tower,
  • 7th Floor, 17-7 Akasaka,
  • 2-Chrome,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 107-0052
  • Tel +81 3 5561 6600
  • Fax +81 3 5561 6699
  • 25th floor, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3,
  • 12 Marina Boulevard,
  • Singapore,
  • Singapore Island
  • Singapore
  • 018982
  • Tel +65 6410 2200
  • Fax +65 6410 2288
  • Sindhorn Building Tower 3,
  • 21st Floor, 130-132 Wireless Road,
  • Pathumwan,
  • Bangkok,
  • Thailand
  • 10330
  • Tel +66 2 401 8800
  • Fax +66 2 401 8801
  • 21st floor, Ferrum Tower,
  • 66 Sooha-dong,
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • Tel +82263638100
  • Fax +82263638101

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Offers a broad range of industry area specialisations, with particularly notable energy and resources-related expertise concentrated in the Perth office. Benefits from the firm's international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity of advice: "Its clear and unambiguous advice is what differentiates the practice."

What's new? Dave Poddar joined the practice as a partner and Robyn Glindemann and Clive Lumsdon joined as counsel, all through lateral hires.
Partner Jason Mendens relocated to Clifford Chance's Doha office.

Work highlights Advised Griffin Coal Mining on renegotiating its coal supply arrangements with the Bluewaters power plants and on the creation of new security arrangements for its mining assets in Western Australia, connected to the sale of the power stations to Japanese purchasers.

Acted for the Lowy Family Group on the innovatively structured AUD663.7 million sale of its 7.1% interest in the Westfield Retail Trust to UBS.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Pistilli is best known for his work on complex M&A deals and for his specialist knowledge of the energy and resources sector. He recently advised Vale on its AUD150 million buyout of Aquila Resources' 24.5% interest in the Belvedere coal project in Queensland. 

Sources describe Ian Cochrane as "a good operator with a good practice and a good following in Perth," with one client adding: "Ian is brilliant, both in his understanding of the law and in his commercial and strategic advice." Cochrane has extensive experience in the energy and resources sphere, and recently advised Kagara on the AUD68 million sale of its non-core nickel assets to Western Areas NL. 

Michael Lishman heads the corporate group in Perth and also led the team handling the Griffin Coal matter. He specialises in resources-related matters and is highlighted as being "tapped into the Perth market.

Daniel Simmons recently played a key role advising the Lowy Family Group on the sale of its interest in the Westfield Retail Trust to UBS. He is recommended as a particularly knowledgeable source of advice on the management of company and shareholder meetings.

Significant clients APA Group, Coal of Queensland Holdings, Emirates, Lend Lease Primelife, MGPA. 

Dispute Resolution - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A compact but growing team with extensive international connections. Reputation for advising on high-profile, cross-jurisdictional matters. Acknowledged for its strength in the energy and natural resources sector in Perth. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "Unlike some, they don't spend too much time on details before determining a strategy, but do that first and then work on the detail to support it."

Work highlights Acted for companies in India's Lanco Infratech group threatened by an AUD6 billion damages claim brought by Perdaman Chemicals & Fertilisers.

Advised Lend Lease Primelife on regulatory and contentious issues arising in both New South Wales and Victoria as a result of the collapse of Australian Property Custodian Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Diana Chang operates from the Sydney office and is widely respected and "very well known around town as a really tough litigator." A client noted that she "grasps issues very quickly and doesn't beat around the bush, but gives very clear, concise and to-the-point advice.

Significant clients Apache, Hong Kong Aviation Capital, KPMG, Traxys Europe, Vale.

Energy & Natural Resources - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has the capacity to take a leading role on global as well as domestic energy and natural resources transactions. Major involvement in the coal industry advising local and international clients on establishing and developing projects, including the financing aspects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients). 
Expertise: "The firm has a wide expertise in M&A deals involving energy and natural resources companies, plus the team does great work in project financing in the sector."

What's new? Counsels Robyn Glindemann and Clive Lumsdon joined the firm's Perth office; Nathan Landis was promoted to counsel.

Work highlights Advised Vale on its acquisition of an interest in the Belvedere Coal Project in Queensland from Aquila Resources.

Advised APA Group on its AUD100 million investment in Envestra. 

Notable practitioners  

Partner Jon Carson is praised by market commentators for "his great work in the natural resources industry." He recently advised Statoil on a joint venture with Petrofrontier for the exploration and development of shale gas and oil fields in the Northern Territory.

Mark Pistilli is highly rated by his clients for his expertise on infrastructure matters in the energy sector. He recently advised APA Group on its investment in Envestra, a natural gas distribution and transmission company.

Significant clients Donaldson Coal, Gloucester Coal, Xstrata, Sumitomo Corporation, Statoil.

Paul Lingard is based in Perth and focuses on project development and operations work. He is particularly active in the mining sector, and is an experienced adviser to a number of major corporates.