Managing Partner: Matthew Layton
Senior Partner: Malcolm Sweeting
Executive Partner & Legal Counsel: Chris Perrin
Number of partners: 570
Total fee-earners: 3300
International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Riyadh**, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai*, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC
* The firm also has an association agreement with Linda Widyati & Partners in Jakarta, Indonesia and Clifford Chance Asia is a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore between Clifford Chance Pte Ltd and Cavenagh Law LLP
** Clifford Chance in association with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
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 has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the five key markets of the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.
Main Areas of Practice:
Provides full-service US and UK securities law capability – the law of choice for most international transactions – complemented by first class local securities law expertise. The practice acts on a wide variety of public and private debt and equity securities offerings, where proceeds are used to finance a range of needs. The securitisation group is consistently ranked as the leading global practice, advising the primary market participants.
Leads high value, complex M&A, private equity and other critical corporate finance deals for the world’s leading corporations. Partners combine technical expertise in global cross-border deals with a business focused, innovative approach, leading teams of lawyers in working closely with clients to access the full breadth of the firm’s intellectual and logistical resources.
With lawyers located in major financial and commercial centres across the globe, the firm has the world’s pre-eminent and largest finance practice. It provides advice on the full spectrum of financial products including bank lending, acquisition finance, asset finance, derivatives, project finance, restructuring, insolvency and structured finance. The practice also works on national and international regulatory developments and strategic issues for financial institutions.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
This global practice, the world’s largest and most comprehensive, has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. It works with clients to resolve disputes through arbitration, litigation and other techniques. It also helps clients to develop compliance programmes aimed at minimising future litigation risks.
Acting for the real estate industry’s leading players, this global real estate practice advises on the full range of real estate-related transactions. Forward thinking and commercial in approach, with a recognised ability to deliver complex deals, the practice handles 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:
The tax practice comprises of dedicated specialists and is one of the largest in the world. It offers legal expertise on international and domestic taxation – covering a wide range of financing, investment, corporate and commercial issues – and advises on VAT, disputes, litigation and transfer pricing. The firm is a market leader in employee benefits and share plans. The highly regarded international pensions practice advises companies, trustees and product providers and works jointly with the litigation practice on pensions litigation matters. 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.