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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a leading firm nationally in its own right, having been based in French capital for over 50 years. However, it also has the benefit of a 36 office network with over 2,500 lawyers, which ensures that the firm acts on some of the most complex and innovative inbound and outbound transactions. This scope is recognised in its prominent status in 15 practice areas featured in our research.


Arbitration is one of the firm’s leading practice areas, with three “fantastic” practitioners listed. Simon Greenberg acts as both counsel and arbitrator and has extensive experience of both ad hoc and arbitrations under the rules of most major international arbitral institutions, notably the ICC. Jason Fry is global co-head of the firm’s international arbitration group and impresses with his “world-class practice" in disputes arising from infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Grandjean, a reputed “star” of the French disputes bar, garners recommendations for his commercial litigation and arbitration practice.

Clifford Chance is strongly established in the French market and the Paris office is very active in national and European cartel, abuse of dominance position and merger control investigations. Michel Petite is “a noted luminary in the field”. Patrick Hubert is a distinguished practitioner active in some of the most prominent cartel matters before the French and EU authorities. Emmanuel Durand is seen as one of the rising starts of the French competition bar.

Project finance is another top practice at the firm, with a further three names featured. Daniel Zerbib is a leading figure in the financing of both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects, and is commended for his “comprehensive sector experience”. Two names recommended for their project finance work also receive recognition for their energy practices. Nikolaï Eatwell specialises in mining, and oil and gas projects in Africa, Turkey, Russia and the former CIS. Anthony Giustini is highly recommended for his “superb” work in project development and finance transactions and also receives praise for his mining practice.

Clifford Chance is our capital markets firm of the year and its Paris office is no exception to the rule. Alex Bafi advises clients on IPOs, rights issues and other capital market transactions and is “among the top players” according to peers. The “outstanding” Cédric Burford has a particular expertise in debt and equity-linked bond issues, debt issuance programmes, structured debt issues and tax-driven finance structures.

Two practitioners are also noted for their corporate tax practices. Alexandre Lagarrigue specialises in the tax aspects of LBOs, M&A transactions and group reorganisations and is a “tremendous talent” with “fantastic experience”. Eric Davoudet advises clients on the tax aspects of property investments and is a “trusted counsel” whose work is “of the highest quality”.

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