Managing Partner: Matthew Layton
Senior Partner: Malcolm Sweeting
Managing Partner (Asia-Pacific): Geraint Hughes
Number of partners: 520
Number of other fee-earners: 2760
Number of staff: 6160
Asia Pacific Offices: Perth, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok
International Offices: Belgium: Brussels; Brazil: São Paulo; Czech Republic: Prague; France: Paris; Germany: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich; Indonesia: Italy: Milan and Rome; Luxembourg: Luxembourg; Morocco: Casablanca; Netherlands: Amsterdam; Poland: Warsaw; Qatar: Doha; Romania: Bucharest; Russia: Moscow; Saudi Arabia: Riyadh; Spain: Barcelona and Madrid; Turkey: Istanbul; UAE: Abu Dhabi and Dubai; Ukraine: Kyiv; United Kingdom: London; and USA: New York and Washington, DC.
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 36 offices in 26 countries with some 3,300 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:
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. It also works with clients to develop compliance programmes that minimise future litigation risks.
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.