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What the team is known for Clifford Chance’s London office is viewed as a powerful force in the UK market, with a leading reputation for carrying out international work across a full-service range of practice areas. The magic circle firm has significant appeal for handling cross-border work because of its impressive global network and remains a popular choice for leading sophisticated international mandates. Typical clients include major international banks and financial institutions.
The firm's highly rated investigations practice is highlighted as a key player in the cross-border space, renowned for representing financial institutions in complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations concerning money laundering, market manipulation and sanctions. Additionally active in high-profile civil fraud claims before the UK courts concerning international freezing orders. Its cross-border strategy is driven by the prominent London office and reinforced by an impressive global footprint, with offices situated across the world. The firm is particularly strong for investigations involving European investigators and clients, and has an established presence in China.
Strengths Sources laud the firm's ability to co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional investigations, with one commentator noting: "They do a great deal of work in this area, including very large cross-border investigations and high-profile matters. In my view, they provide an absolutely first-rate service to their clients, are extremely effective and are a pleasure to work with."
Clients highlight the firm's strong local and international platform across a wide variety of legal disciplines" as being particularly effective for investigations.