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Clifford Chance appoints three partners in the Americas

21 April 2016

Clifford Chance appoints three partners in the Americas

Firm bolsters its leading U.S. Asset Finance, Leveraged Finance and REIT practices

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announced that Jake Farquharson, Patrick O'Reilly and Daniel Winick, all in the New York office, have been promoted to partner.

Mr. Farquharson concentrates his practice on domestic and international REIT and capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactions. He regularly advises issuers and investment banks in connection with IPOs, follow-on equity and debt offerings, pre-IPO financings and 144A and Reg S offerings.

Mr. O'Reilly focuses on asset finance and has broad experience advising lenders, underwriters, operating lessors, manufacturers and export credit agencies in a wide variety of aircraft finance and related matters. He has expertise in the areas of secured and unsecured loans and notes issuances, private placements, finance leases, operating leases, leveraged leases, aircraft portfolio acquisitions and sales, securitizations, restructurings, PDP financings and export credit financings.

Mr. Winick has extensive experience with acquisition finance, leveraged finance, asset-based and structured finance deals, project and export finance transactions and other financing matters. He advises domestic and foreign financial institutions and corporate and sponsor borrowers in secured and unsecured financing transactions.

Evan Cohen, Regional Managing Partner of the Americas, said, "Each of these impressive individuals adds valuable depth to their individual practice areas in the U.S. market. Just as importantly, all three have demonstrated expertise on domestic and international matters, further solidifying the Firm's position as a truly global legal services provider."

A total of 24 new partners were appointed by Clifford Chance globally. They have been drawn from all of the firm's market-leading practices and reflect the range and depth of the Firm's capability in those areas most critical to the world's leading businesses. The new partners' practices cover public M&A and IPOs; Private Equity, funds and trusts; leveraged, acquisition, asset and project financing; investigations, commercial litigation; tax and employment matters; and sanctions. The new partners are based in 13 of the Firm's international offices.

Clifford Chance Managing Partner, Matthew Layton said, "These promotions recognize talent, commitment and entrepreneurialism. Each of these new partners has already made their mark: by virtue of the quality of their expertise and service delivery, they are seen as 'go-to' advisors by their clients; they are role models for our teams; and they play a critical part in delivering the Firm's strategy. I congratulate each of them for their impressive achievements to date and the valuable contribution they have already made to the Firm and I look forward to working alongside them as they further develop their careers at Clifford Chance."

The promotions will take effect from May 1, 2016 and will bring the total number of partners in the Firm to 577.

The full list of newly promoted partners:


Jake Farquharson – Capital Markets, New York

Patrick O'Reilly – Finance, New York

Daniel Winick – Finance, New York

Asia Pacific

Yusuke Abe – Finance, Tokyo

Timothy Democratis – Finance, Beijing

Edith Leung – Finance, Hong Kong

Continental Europe

Luis Alonso – Corporate, Madrid

Guillermo Guardia – Corporate, Barcelona

Niek De Pauw – Corporate, Brussels

Marianne Pezant – Corporate, Paris

Ioana Talnaru – Corporate, Bucharest

Miloŝ Felgr – Finance, Prague

Fabian Bőhm – Real Estate, Frankfurt

Floris van de Bult – Tax, Pensions & Employment, Amsterdam

Alexandre Ooms – Tax, Pensions & Employment, Brussels


Paul Deakins – Capital Markets

Louise Keary – Capital Markets

Alexandra Davidson – Corporate

Katherine Moir – Corporate

Christopher Sullivan – Corporate

Andrew Husdan – Finance

Michael Pearson – Finance

Michael Lyons – Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Christopher Yates – Litigation & Dispute Resolution