Clifford Chance LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding Europe-wide capabilities, with a vast on-the-ground presence and a proven capacity to lead pan-European transactions for clients based in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Able to rely on in-house regulatory and transactional expertise for corporate matters that extend into the CEE region. Wins further praise for its handling of transactions together with external local counsel in countries in which the firm has no direct presence. Routinely mandated on complex cross-border M&A transactions, public takeovers and corporate restructurings. Notable work on behalf of Asian companies carrying out global energy sector or real estate-driven corporate deals. Further strength assisting clients in the life sciences sector with multinational co-operation agreements and joint ventures.

Strengths One client admires the smooth collaboration between offices: "Not only is the international presence an advantage, but they work together quite fluently, which is helpful."

"They have the right balance of detailed expertise but also understand us and our business and our structure very well," reports one client, who also highlights the firm's international presence: "The fact that they have the global footprint is very helpful."

Work highlights Advised Partners Group on its EUR2 billion parallel acquisitions of Megadyne and Ammeraal Beltech.

Notable practitioners

Global head of corporate Guy Norman is based in London and is a key contact for queries.