Managing Partner Matthew Layton
Senior Partner Malcolm Sweeting
Executive Partner & Legal Counsel Chris Perrin
Number of partners 570
Number of other fee-earners 2,820
The Firm International law firm Clifford Chance combines the highest global standards with local expertise. Leading lawyers from different backgrounds and nationalities come together as one firm, offering unrivalled depth of legal resources across the key markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The firm 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. Through a strong understanding of clients’ cultures and objectives, Clifford Chance draws on the full breadth of its legal skills to provide results-driven, commercial advice. Clifford Chance has more leading global practices than any other firm (Chambers Global 2014) and further recognition includes: International Law Firm of the Year (IFLR Europe Awards 2014), International Law Firm of the Year (IFLR Asia Awards 2013), Private Equity Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2013) and Corporate Finance Team of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2013).
Principal Areas of Work
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 structured securities.
Corporate: The Corporate Practice, which comprises 820 legal advisers worldwide, 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. 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, 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 more than 470 litigators internationally and has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. They 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 is currently representing clients in some of the largest and most significant actions, particularly in antitrust/ competition litigation, white-collar, regulatory, insurance, banking securities and international arbitration.
Real Estate: Clifford Chance’s leading Real Estate Practice, with over 300 partners and lawyers worldwide, 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: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm, with over 230 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. The Employment Group advises on all key employment issues from appointment and severance of senior executives to collective dismissals, contractual documentation and policies, outsourcing of services, discrimination and equal opportunities, immigration, works councils, trade unions and high court and tribunal litigation.
Clifford Chance’s international capabilities include offices in: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Kyiv, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kyiv, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Riyadh, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington DC. * Clifford Chance has an association agreement with Linda Widyati & Partners
As well as recruiting the best people, the firm insists on the professional development of all its employees. The firm’s lawyers work continuously to develop both legal and personal skills through the training programmes offered by the ‘in-house’ law education system, the Clifford Chance Academy. Visit www.cliffordchance.com/careers for more information on opportunities within the firm.
- Administrative & Public Law Oliver Bretz
- Arbitration (International) Audley Sheppard
- Asset Finance William Glaister
- Banking Mark Campbell
- Banking Litigation Matthew Newick, Ian Moulding
- Civil Fraud Roger Best
- Collective Investments Clare Swirski
- Commercial Daniel Sandelson
- Commercial Litigation Jeremy Sandelson, Simon Davis
- Commodities Tim Plews
- Construction Tim Steadman
- Contentious Trusts Jeremy Kosky, Jeremy Sandelson
- Corporate Finance David Pearson
- Defamation Simon Davis
- Derivatives Habib Motani
- Employee Benefits Christopher Goodwill, Robin Tremaine
- Employment Christopher Goodwill
- Energy & Natural Resources Andrew Grenville
- Environment Nigel Howorth
- EU & Competition Alex Nourry
- Financial Services Christopher Bates
- Hotels Sarah Thomas
- Insolvency & Restructuring Mark Hyde
- Insurance Katherine Coates
- Intellectual Property Vanessa Marsland
- International Capital Markets David Bickerton, David Dunnigan
- IT Daniel Sandelson
- Life Sciences Alex Nourry
- Marketing & Advertising Vanessa Marsland
- Media Daniel Sandelson
- Pensions Hywel Robinson
- PFI Tim Steadman
- Planning Nigel Howorth
- Private Equity (MBOs/Funds) Simon Tinkler
- Product Liability J A Acratopulo
- Professional Negligence Simon Davis
- Project Finance Jeremy Connick
- Property Litigation John Pickston
- Public Policy/Sector Oliver Bretz
- Rail Alex Nourry, Gavin Teague
- Real Estate/Finance Jonathan Solomon, Franc Pena
- Regulatory Tim Plews
- Retail Vanessa Marsland
- Sovereign Debt Rescheduling Andrew Yianni
- Structured Debt & Trusts Andrew Forryan
- Structured Finance Robert Lee
- Tax David Harkness
- Telecommunications Joachim Fleury, Jenine Hulsmann
- VAT David Saleh