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Clifford Chance

Matthew Layton

Managing Partner

Clifford Chance, London
Sector Private equity
Tel +442070061229

Matthew Layton is Clifford Chance's Managing Partner.  He chairs the firm's Management Committee which is responsible for the management of the firm and for Clifford Chance's strategic growth and development.

Before taking up leadership of the firm globally, Matthew was the global head of Clifford Chance's Corporate practice.

Matthew has over 30 years experience at Clifford Chance. His practice specialises in domestic and cross-border public and private M&A, with a particular focus on private equity transactions, as well as aspects of corporate finance work.

Relevant experience

  • EADS N.V. on the proposed combination of the businesses of BAE Systems plc and EADS using a dual listed company structure
  • Actis on the buy-back of the UK government's stake in it
  • Permira on the US$5 billion sale to Cisco of NDS Group plc, having previously advised on the US$3.7 billion public -to-private of the company
  • Permira and Birds Eye Iglo Group on the €800 million acquisition of Unilever's Italian frozen foods business, Findus Italy, having previously advised on the €1.9 billion acquisition of Birds Eye Iglo Group

Career & qualifications

  • Leeds University (LL.B) 1982
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1983
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1986
  • Partner since 1991
  • Global Head of Corporate Practice 2008
  • Managing Partner from May 2014

Awards and citations

Matthew has been ranked in Private Equity International's 2013 Legal Power 30 as one of the 30 most influential lawyers working in the private equity industry today. He is also ranked as a leading individual in a number of legal directories:

  • Private Equity - Buyouts (UK-wide): Chambers UK 2014
  • Corporate/M&A - High-end Capability (London): Chambers UK 2014
  • Private Equity - Transactions: Legal 500 UK 2013
  • Private Equity - Transactions: IFLR 1000 UK 2013
  • Matthew Layton leads the global corporate group and has had "a stellar reputation since day one." According to peers, he remains the "gold standard" for private equity lawyers.
    Chambers UK 2013

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