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Clifford Chance


Clifford Chance LLP - London
  • Mainzer Landstrasse 46
  • Frankfurt-am-Main
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • 60325
  • www. cliffordchance.com
  • Managing Partner: David Childs
  • Senior Partner: Malcolm Sweeting
  • Number of partners: 5878
  • Number of fee earners: 3325

Firm Overview:
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, the firm prides itself on its approachable, collegiate 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. The firm provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Main Areas of Practice:
Capital Markets:

The capital markets practice comprises over 420 partners and lawyers who concentrate 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 structure securities.

The corporate practice, which comprises over 790 partners and lawyers worldwide, provides clients with a single law firm that combines a market leading practice with specialist, local expertise. Its global transaction capability includes English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across the UK, Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The practice represents many of the world’s leading multinational and national corporations, financial institutions and sponsors 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 firm’s cross-border M&A experience is enhanced by a depth of sector expertise across financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, TMT, insurance, healthcare, private equity, real estate, funds and investment management, industrials, consumer goods & retail and transport and logistics.

Clifford Chance’s finance practice, which comprises over 700 legal advisers worldwide, 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. It advises regulatory authorities, supranational bodies, governments and government agencies and actively helps to shape the market through working with market organisations to develop documentation, policy and best practice.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm has a team of over 500 litigators internationally and has experience in the full range of litigation and dispute resolution issues that their clients face. The lawyers work 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. The firm offers clients a seamless team for cross-border disputes, with expertise in individual jurisdictions but also an understanding of the interplay between different legal systems. The team also advises on regulatory enforcement and criminal investigations into corporate activity across multiple jurisdictions.

Real Estate:
Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. Over 300 partners and lawyers worldwide advise 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.

Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm, with over 200 tax advisers worldwide. 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.

Employment, Employee Benefits & Pensions:
Clifford Chance’s Employment, Employee Benefits and Pensions Groups comprises over 150 legal advisers worldwide. The teams 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.


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Competition/Antitrust - Europe-wide

What the team is known for A strong practice maintaining offices across Europe, with hubs in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, amongst others. Assists with the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including state aid and public procurement issues, and continues to have an excellent reputation for assisting with merger control elements of corporate projects. Noted for its work in the financial services, consumer goods, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "Competition is often multi-jurisdictional and they are able to think about strategy on a wider scale."

Work highlights Advised Shell on the European Commission's antitrust investigation into oil and biofuel prices.

Assisted Pfizer with the cash sale of its Nutrition business to Nestlé.

Notable practitioners  

Oliver Bretz is head of the global competition practice and splits his time between Brussels, Paris and London. In Brussels, Thomas Vinje is chairman of the global practice. Other key partners include Elizabeth Morony in London, Miguel Odriozola in Spain and Torsten Syrbe in Russia.

Significant clients EADS, Everything Everywhere, Pfizer, Siemens, Shell, Volkswagen.

Banking & Finance - Germany

Alexandra Hagelüken was recently promoted to head of banking and capital markets at Clifford Chance in Germany. Highlights from the last twelve months include advising the lending banks on the refinancing of Techem Group's debt structure.

Sources describe Barbara Mayer-Trautmann as "well versed in acquisition finance." She has a strong focus on structured finance and secured and unsecured bank lending, and recently formed part of the team acting for the banks funding Macquarie's EUR3200 million acquisition of Opengrid Europe.

The "extremely strong" Bettina Steinhauer continues to impress sources with her technical expertise: "You can ask her any question and she'll know the answer. She has an incredible depth of knowledge." She recently advised Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank on the financing of Linde's acquisition of Lincare via a syndicated credit facility.

Edmund Boyo remains a standout name in aviation and rail financing transactions. Impressed interviewees state: "He is outstanding in both his track record and his ability to focus and cross out whatever else is unimportant. He is very reasonable in his approach and clearly demonstrates strength of leadership in his team. He is very experienced in the market and handles processes very efficiently." A recent mandate saw him advise DS Aviation on a EUR160 million sale and leaseback transaction regarding an Airbus A380-800 aircraft for Air France.

Frankfurt-based Riko Vanezis has an established reputation for German and cross-border asset finance deals. He is active in both aviation and rail-related transactions, and recently acted as counsel for ECA lenders Natixis, KfW IPEX-Bank, BPCE, and Siemens Bank on the financing of an ECA French tax lease with Air China for six Airbus A321 aircraft. Vanezis also has a strong focus on financing transactions in Turkey, including project financings. He has worked on a series of major energy projects in the country, advising a variety of clients, including financial institutions, borrowers and arrangers.

Counsel Jens Augst receives impressive feedback from clients for his work on rail finance transactions: "He is a very skilled professional - business-oriented, efficient and makes sure the deals work from a business perspective as well." He recently advised the lending banks on the financing of a rail portfolio manufactured for Alpha Trains and leased to Westfalenbahn.

Frankfurt-based Dietrich Stiller is experienced in advising on infrastructure projects and the refinancing of distressed enterprises. He is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

Munich-based senior associate Maia Welters speaks Bulgarian, German, English and Russian and is admitted to the Bulgarian and German Bars. She advises on domestic and cross-border corporate finance.

Loren Richards is based in the firm's Frankfurt office, where he advises on a vast range of structured debt finance transactions involving Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the transport, retail and infrastructure sectors. Market commentators view him as active in "big regional financings," adding: "He is thorough and nice to deal with."

Capital Markets - Germany

Head of debt capital markets Sebastian Maerker is a leading name in the German market. Clients commend his "excellent understanding of business," and describe him as "a very smart and diligent dialogue partner." In the course of the last twelve months he has acted on a number of significant debt transactions, most recently advising on Techem Group's planned EUR1.3 billion refinancing.

Derivatives-focused Peter Scherer's recent work includes advising a German bank on securities transactions and counselling a German insurance group on the financial regulatory aspects of infrastructure debt funds.

Regulatory and derivatives-focused Marc Benzler's recent mandates include advising a US investment bank with regard to a 'living will' focusing on its German operations and subsidiaries.

George Hacket remains a visible presence in equity capital markets. He is qualified in New York and Austria and has vast experience of advising issuers and investment banks on US placements. He led the group's recent work on the placement of subordinated mandatory convertible notes issued by Volkswagen International Finance.

Clients praise Arne Klüwer for his "sophisticated and detailed advice." According to sources, he has been particularly visible advising on CMBS restructurings in recent months.

Oliver Kronat recently worked on Bank of America Merrill Lynch's CMBS refinancing of Gagfah's Dresden Woba portfolio. Sources say: "We had a very good experience working with him and his team - they had astonishing resources to produce a document overnight."

Sources consider Markus Pfüller an excellent equity capital markets lawyer. His recent activity includes advising Hamborner REIT on its EUR74 million capital increase.

Kirti Vasu recently advised a financial institution on notes issued by a closed-end securitisation fund. Sources highlight her responsiveness and technical legal skills.

The last twelve months saw Gregor Evenkamp advise Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe as a bondholder in the context of security arrangements for a bond issued by CMI Chamartin Immobilien.

Corporate/M&A - Germany

Arndt Stengel heads the German corporate group. He recently represented EADS in the sale of a 4.8% stake in the company by a banking consortium to KfW Bankengruppe.

Wolfgang Richter's recent mandates include advising Volkswagen on the creation of an integrated automotive group with Porsche.

Respected figure Andreas Dietzel frequently assists global household names with international M&A transactions.

Having spent four years as head of the firm's Beijing office, Mandarin speaker Stefanie Tetz is a specialist in Chinese matters. She headed the team that advised Jiangsu Jinsheng Industry Stock Co. on its acquisition of natural fibres and textile components business units from the Swiss company Oerlikon in a CHF650 million deal. She is described by sources as "hard-working, professional and dedicated."

Marc Bartholomy heads the corporate practice in Moscow. He is a long-established name in the market for M&A and joint ventures across Russia and the rest of the CIS, and is also well regarded for his Germany expertise.

Dispute Resolution - Germany

Clients are highly satisfied with litigator Uwe Hornung: "He is able to see things in the context of the bigger picture - he is extremely experienced and deals with the opposition well. He is pragmatic and knows how best to treat someone in any given situation."

Burkhard Schneider is particularly highly recommended for financial litigation. His recent mandates include defending Volkswagen in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of disclosure duties.

Fabian von Schlabrendorff impresses interviewees with his work as arbitrator. His practice encompasses disputes around corporate transactions, banking, construction and engineering projects.

Sebastian Rakob's recent highlights include successfully representing ENERGIS in a EUR208 million civil action against Alexander Falk.

Intellectual Property - Germany

Claudia Milbradt specialises in trade mark and patent litigation, notably within the pharmaceutical industry. Market observers say: "She is a well-structured lawyer who gets straight to the point, with a deep knowledge of patent law and litigation."  

Restructuring/Insolvency - Germany

Excellent market feedback sees Stefan Sax move up to the top of the rankings. Sources say: "He is extremely strong in this field and has a solid commercial mindset. He is very well regarded in the German insolvency landscape and his reputation, expertise and knowledge really helped us." He recently advised on the EUR170 million restructuring of Euro-Druckservice Gruppe.

"Senior and highly experienced" practitioner Heinz-Günter Gondert represented the State of Saxony in a liability insurance mandate valued at EUR50 million.

Tax - Germany

Market commentators praise Stefan Behrens for his "expert knowledge" of real estate transaction tax. His practice also covers corporation tax, restructurings, tax field audits and court proceedings.

Head of the funds group Josef Brinkhaus is "responsive, very well connected and well informed about current developments," according to clients.

Sources recognise Hubert Schmid as a leading tax lawyer who specialises in structured finance. He recently advised Morgan Stanley on the sale of the Trianon office tower in Frankfurt to Madison International.