This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR- RUSSIA, COMMERCIAL LITIGATION, PROJECT FINANCE
Clifford Chance is ranked among the world’s leading law firms for its in-depth legal knowledge and global footprint. Created in 1987 by a merger between London firms Coward Chance and Clifford Turner, the firm has since been credited with leading changes in the legal landscape. By anticipating evolving client needs and focusing firmly on the future, Clifford Chance has remained at the vanguard of the legal industry – from forming the world’s first global law firm in 2000 to creating offshore legal support centres. A single partnership, Clifford Chance offers clients a fully integrated service spanning its offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas and pledges to continually exceed clients’ expectations. The firm consistently performs well in our research, winning the Law Firm of the Year award for Russia as well as being named the world’s most highly regarded firm for commercial litigation and project finance work. The firm achieves a total of 184 listings in 27 chapters.
|CLIFFORD CHANCE LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 184|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||6||Insurance & Reinsurance||6|
|Asset Recovery||4||Internet & e-Commerce||3|
|Aviation||11||Labour & Employment||2|
|Business Crime Defence||4||M & A||4|
|Capital Markets||9||Oil & Gas||5|
|Commercial Mediation||2||Private Funds||2|
|Corporate Governance||1||Real Estate||14|
|Corporate Tax||7||Regulatory Communications||3|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||6|
Project finance emerges as the firm’s strongest practice in our research with 26 lawyers selected for inclusion from 14 offices throughout the world. With big-ticket instructions such as advising the Siam Commercial Bank on financing a solar power project in Thailand, banks and Euler Hermes on the financing of a wind farm project in South Africa and advising on the €750 million financing of a 450 MW lignite-fired power plant in Turkey, it is not surprising that the firm is once again recognised in our research as the world’s leading project finance law firm. The firm’s European offices are home to a wealth of talent, with a trio of names from London, Paris and Madrid. Head of the global energy and infrastructure group Andrew Grenville specialises in project development and project finance. Based in London, Grenville is praised for his “exceptional abilities” in the field. In Paris, Anthony Giustini is a “prominent name” in the market, specialising in large energy and infrastructure projects. He is also listed in the public procurement chapter. Madrid-based José Guardo is highly recommended by clients for his “impressive knowledge” in the renewable energies and infrastructure sectors. He has advised all the main financial institutions, both domestic and international, located in Spain. In Amsterdam, Jaap Koster is considered a “true specialist” in project finance. He also has considerable expertise in construction law and achieves a further listing in that chapter. Bleddyn Phillips in the firm’s Moscow office is a “well-respected figure” commended for his oil and gas and project finance expertise. Three practitioners are based in the firm’s Dubai office including the “terrific” Robin Abraham, who specialises in banking and project finance. Abraham has acted on a number of high-profile project finance deals and is equally well regarded in the aviation chapter. In Singapore, Geraint Hughes features prominently in the oil and gas chapter, as well as the project finance chapter, and has extensive experience in financing infrastructure projects including oil and gas, power, mining, water and transportation. He is joined in the office by Ting Ting Tan, an “incredibly gifted lawyer” praised by clients for her banking and project finance know-how. The Hong Kong office is represented by Huw Jenkins, who performs exceedingly well in our research and is listed in three chapters: banking, project finance and public procurement. Jenkins’ practice focuses on the financing of property, telecoms, aircraft, shipping and corporate acquisitions.
Twenty-one Clifford Chance lawyers feature in the banking chapter, demonstrating the firm’s leading capabilities in this field. Clients include First Gulf Bank, UniCredit, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Commercial Bank of Qatar. The London office is the best represented with 10 listings including Mark Campbell, the global head of finance. Sources praise Campbell’s expertise in the sector as “second to none” and describe him as a “definitive source of information”. Roderick McGillivray is considered a “font of knowledge” on banking and aviation finance matters, while Nicola Wherity is “brilliant”, particularly in structured finance and leveraged finance and restructurings. Three listings in the firm’s Singapore office and a further listing in the Hong Kong office highlights the strength of the firm’s Asian offering. Andrew Brereton focuses on acquisition finance, structured lending, syndicated loans and reserve-based financing while Andrew Gambarini is considered “highly proficient” in export credit financing. In Moscow, Victoria Bortkevicha is listed in both the aviation and banking chapters for her “superb” financing practice. She is also highly regarded for her regulatory knowledge related to Russian banking and insurance activities and her advice is “highly sought-after”. Kiev-based Jared Grubb is “highly knowledgeable” while Fabricio Longhin in DC is “first class”.
Clifford Chance’s competition practice spans Europe, the US and Asia and offers a “one-stop shop” for clients in need of advice on local as well as multi-jurisdictional matters. Our research identifies 15 lawyers as “world class” from offices in key competition centres: Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and DC. The London office, with four inclusions, is a stronghold of talent and is home to Alex Nourry, head of the London antitrust practice. He specialises in EU and UK competition law including merger control, joint ventures, cartels and abuse of dominance as well as state aid, distribution and licensing, public procurement and the regulation of utilities. Nourry is “phenomenal” according to peers and continues to impress clients with his “unparalleled knowledge”. Alongside him, Elizabeth Morony heads the firm’s global antitrust litigation group and is “top notch”. In Brussels, Tony Reeves is “immensely knowledgeable” in merger control and cartels and represents clients from a range of industries. He is joined by Thomas Vinje, who receives numerous listings in our research in the competition, internet, e-commerce and data protection and regulatory communications chapters. Vinje is a “distinguished figure” in the market known for representing clients in the information and communication technology industries. Düsseldorf-based Marc Besen specialises in EU and German competition law and represents clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, food and chemicals sectors. Ninette Dodoo is located in the firm’s Beijing office and is “exceptionally talented”. Her “very active” practice includes cartels and merger control. William Blumenthal chairs the firm’s US antitrust group and calls upon his experience as general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission to guide clients through all aspects of competition law.
The firm boasts 14 inclusions in the real estate chapter from its offices in Europe and the US. The Frankfurt office is the best represented fielding three practitioners to the chapter. Jörn Stobbe MRICS is noted for his experience in portfolio and sale-and-leaseback transactions and is “greatly valued by clients”. Cornelia Thaler recently advised Tristan Capital Partners and AEW Europe on the sale of a Karstadt real property in Frankfurt’s centre while Klaus Minuth concentrates on advising investors, banks, project developers and public authorities in real estate transactions, portfolio and sale-and-leaseback transactions, commercial leases and real estate financings. London head of the real estate practice Jonathan Solomon specialises in joint ventures, investment transactions and hotels and is particularly recommended for his expertise in City of London office developments. In Madrid, Carlos Portocarrero de las Heras is recognised in the construction and real estate chapters for his “superior knowledge” in the field. In New York, Douglas Wisner and Alan Gosule are very well regarded in the sector. Wisner is the chairman of the firm’s real estate practice in the Americas and specialises in hotels, resorts, office, residential and mixed use developments while Gosule is commended for his real estate finance practice, in particular his knowledge of the tax aspects of various investment vehicles.
The commercial litigation practice is in a “class of its own” and Clifford Chance is the recipient of our award for litigation firm of the year for the third consecutive year. Fielding 13 individuals, the firm is noted for its ability to “handle the most complex disputes with efficiency”. Uwe Hornung puts in a strong performance receiving multiple nominations from colleagues and clients. Head of the German litigation and dispute resolution practice Hornung has experience in a range of matters including corporate, commercial, banking, construction and engineering, white collar and product liability. In Moscow, Timur Aitkulov is noted for both his arbitration and litigation expertise and is known for his “expert handling” of energy, oil and gas, mining, regulatory and white collar issues. London-based Roger Best is commended for his “strategic thinking” and “commercial insight”; he receives listings in the asset recovery and commercial litigation chapters. Regional managing partner for the Middle East Graham Lovett is highly recommended for his expertise in asset recovery, commercial litigation and mediation. He is praised for his “solutions-oriented approach”. Martin Rogers is based in the firm’s Hong Kong office and has more than 20 years’ experience in the region focusing on litigation particularly within the financial services industry. His clients include major investment banks, fund manager and international corporations and he is a “frontrunner” in the fields of asset recovery and commercial litigation. In Frankfurt, Fabian von Schlabrendorff receives high praise for his arbitration and commercial litigation practice and is known for playing an intrinsic role in corporate, banking, construction and engineering matters.
With its forward-thinking approach, Clifford Chance continues to keep apace with changes in the legal marketplace. The firm elicits effusive praise for its depth of talent across its international network and is recognised as a global leader in the legal marketplace.
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