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Clifford Chance LLP

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Americas Regional Managing Partner: Evan Cohen
Number of partners: 72 Number of other attorneys: 246

Firm Overview:
From offices in New York and Washington, DC, Clifford Chance provides US and global clients with exceptional legal expertise that combines deep market-specific knowledge and experience with additional competencies afforded by an expansive global network. The firm’s lawyers in the United States represent companies around the world on a wide array of complex corporate and financial transactions and high-level investigations. The firm regularly advises leading American and international financial institutions and corporations, as well as governments and multilateral agencies.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Capital Markets:
Clifford Chance’s capital markets practice in the United States has earned an outstanding reputation for developing innovative solutions in the expanding area of specialty finance, especially in relation to permanent capital vehicles and alternative REIT structures. The firm advises on the full range of capital raising transactions in the United States representing issuers, underwriters, sponsors and selling stockholders The firm’s US REIT practice has been awarded Band 1 status for six consecutive years and has taken a leadership role in exporting the product to Mexico, where it advised on the first FIBRA, and to Europe, where it advised on the first US REIT comprised of non-US real estate assets. Product coverage includes IPOs (for both US and non-US companies listing on US exchanges), secondary equity, private placements, preferred equity, equity-linked products, debt and high-yield offerings. The firm also represents numerous investment banks as underwriters of securities issued by closed-end funds and is regularly engaged in fund creation work for US registered open-end and closed-end funds and hedge funds. It is frequently instructed on cross-border capital markets matters, with a principal focus on Latin America.
Contact: Kathleen Werner, Partner (New York)
Tel: 212 878 8526
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jonathan Zonis, Partner (New York)
Tel: 212 878 3250
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/ M&A:
Clifford Chance has a long history of advising clients on business-critical mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. Clients include public and private corporations, investment banks and financial institutions, and private equity sponsors. The firm advises clients on the full spectrum of M&A transactions, including those related to public M&A, distressed M&A, private equity investment, insurance transactions and fund formation, and is regularly handles US inbound foreign direct investment work for non-US clients. In addition, the Clifford Chance corporate team in the US has been at the forefront of developing structured products, representing clients across a broad spectrum of securitization and other structured capital markets products, and in derivative products, in the US and internationally.
Contact: David Brinton, Partner (New York)
Tel: 212 878 8276
Email: [email protected]

The firm’s US finance practice focuses on providing worldclass representation of financial institutions and corporates in connection with all manner of financial products, including complex national and multinational insolvency and restructuring proceedings, acquisition finance, bank lending, asset finance, equipment leasing and debt trading. The group is among the most active in the world in advising on large, complex aircraft finance transactions. Clifford Chance is also a recognized leader in project finance, especially in Latin America, where it represents lenders, sponsors, and developers, particularly in the renewables, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecoms and petrochemical sectors. The firm also boasts a unique US-based financial services regulatory team that works hand-in-hand with the wider global network and across practice areas to provide clients with comprehensive, comparative advice that accounts for regulatory environments the world over.
Contact: Zarrar Sehgal, Partner (New York)
Tel: 212 878 8403
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Clifford Chance has a strong litigation team in the United States that helps clients resolve complex disputes in a manner that reflects their global business objectives. The firm’s experienced team of litigators is frequently called on by large global companies to conduct critical domestic and cross-border investigations; the team also defends multifaceted and high-risk securities class actions and boasts a highly regarded white collar and enforcement capability. The practice offers substantial trial expertise in all manners of civil and criminal cases before juries and judges in multiple jurisdictions, and in appellate practice before national and international courts and tribunals. In addition to helping clients through the challenges of a trial, Clifford Chance’s US litigators offer in-depth guidance regarding the development of compliance programs to assist in minimizing future risks.
Contact: David DiBari, Partner (Washington, D.C.)
Tel: 202 912 5098
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Clifford Chance’s US real estate practice advises clients in the execution of real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing transactions and development arrangements. The group also counsels sophisticated borrowers and lenders on complex real estate finance matters that originate through both traditional sources and the capital markets (public and private), including mezzanine financing, and construction and warehouse lending. The firm is a leader in both real estate securities and real estate investment funds transactions.
Contact: Ness Cohen
Tel: 212 878 8217
Email: [email protected]

Tax, Pensions & Employment:
The firm’s TPE group provides advice on US and international taxation, covering corporate and commercial transactions, equity and debt offerings, real estate and private equity funds and investments, financing and securitization transactions, tax efficient structured transactions, insurance taxation, charitable organizations and the resolution of tax disputes. The firm offers an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing US tax rules, and combines that with the broader network’s knowledge of international tax systems and how they interlink. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for its tax work in supporting REIT and insurance structures, and substantial experience with executive compensation and ERISA issues.
Contact: Richard Catalano, Partner (New York)
Tel: 212 878 8421
Email: [email protected]


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