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Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage. Operating from 37 offices and associated offices across six continents, we have over 1,500 lawyers advising corporates, financial institutions, private individuals, and governments. The firm has a strong reputation for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, the Americas and Africa.
We hire the best people in our chosen core sectors – genuine specialists. This combination of sector expertise and legal excellence allows us to provide the most innovative and commercial solutions to our clients.
Our long history of advising the world’s insurance markets has taken us far beyond the insurance sector and into the many facets of international trade. Today, our strategic aim is to be the best and most complete provider of legal services to businesses engaged in our core sectors – trade and commodities, energy, infrastructure, transportation and insurance.
As patterns of global trade have shifted, we have actively invested in our international network to meet the evolving needs of our clients. We invest for the long term and have always been early movers into key hubs of international commerce – as demonstrated by our offices and associate offices in Mongolia, Libya, Indonesia and Tanzania. Mirroring our clients across the spread of their operations we view the world from their perspective, fully aware of their ambitions and mindful of the commercial realities of their markets.
Clyde & Co’s reputation in disputes, and particularly international cross-border disputes, is outstanding. We have the largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm and with our international spread we have become specialists in international arbitration in both developed forum and emerging market centres. We have a significant US and Canadian trial capability; a specialisation in financial institutions, shareholder and other commercial disputes; as well as deep experience of bilateral treaty disputes.
We are specialists in assisting businesses when they enter, operate and grow in emerging markets, helping them access capital and transact in the world’s capital markets. The firm has one of the largest dedicated global corporate practices based in New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Our commercial team has a particular focus on IP, franchising, technology and outsourcing. We also have one of the largest employment practices of any City law firm, and have dedicated employment expertise across our entire international network.
Infrastructure: With over 20 projects and construction partners we provide a global offering. This exceptionally strong and diversified infrastructure group acts as global construction counsel across the world’s jurisdictions operating in both front and back-end matters across all infrastructure classes.
Energy: Our clients are often working in frontier markets, dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional, cross-border transactions and disputes. Clyde & Co has one of the few legal teams with a 100 per cent focus on oil and gas; this group works across all areas including oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), upstream and downstream projects and their related infrastructure. Supported by a wider group with extensive experience in the oil and gas sector, the group operates across all legal disciplines including specialised areas such as employment, HSE, regulatory and compliance, insurance, trading and derivatives.
Trade & Commodities: Recognised as market leaders in the commodities sector, our dedicated team works across the full range of the commodity markets – hard and soft commodities, oil and energy, futures and derivatives, and the newer specialisations such as carbon trading. In addition to standard trading matters, we also advise on hedging, freight trading/freight derivatives and risk management and on sovereign immunity issues, sanctions, bilateral investment treaties and WTO regulations.
Transportation: We have substantial specialist teams focused on providing both transactional and contentious advice on all aspects of transportation logistics across land, sea and air. We have been named Global Aviation Law Firm of the Year for the past eight years (2005 to 2013). In marine we have the largest international shipping group of any law firm and every one of our 32 partners is recognised as an expert in their field. In disputes the group was the top listed firm for reported cases in Lloyds Law List 2013, and is recognised at one of the largest users of the LCIA by the LCIA. Our expertise is global with our Middle Eastern team recently being voted as the 2014 Maritime Firm of the Year by Trade and Export Middle East.
Insurance: Clyde & Co is recognised as the leading global insurance law firm. While many major law firms have downplayed their focus on insurance, Clyde & Co has taken the opposite path and continues to expand its global and business line coverage. We have structured our business around the needs of the industry, with specialist teams to match every line of insurance business. We are able to provide insurers with the highest-quality commercial advice from the leading practitioners in the market. Our reputation, together with the primacy we offer insurers, enables us to attract insurance lawyers of the highest quality in each jurisdiction in which we operate.
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