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We advise domestic and international clients in the US, the Americas and across the globe. We help them make the most of markets and opportunities, and address the legal challenges that affect their businesses.

A strong US team backed by a global network

Clients rely on us for market-leading expertise and the capability to advise on complex matters. We've built our US teams to meet these demands domestically – our Tier One REITs practice and world-class Aircraft Finance practice are just two examples of this. On cross-border matters, our capabilities are unmatched in the US market. When clients have multinational operations or multijurisdictional needs, our US team of nearly 300 lawyers in New York and Washington, D.C. works closely with specialist colleagues in our firm’s international network.

Our collaborative approach, as well as our work on deals like Kraft's $19.5 billion acquisition of Cadbury; the bankruptcies of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers; the US Department of Energy's multibillion dollar clean energy program, and AEI's sale of $4.8 billion in assets to 11 different buyers, have won us market-leading clients, headlines and awards.

We believe that delivering excellent, efficient legal advice begins with strong working relationships – both with clients and within our multidisciplinary, global teams. Our US Financial Services Regulatory Group is a good example of how this approach delivers real value for clients. This group brings together US and UKqualified partners from various transactional and litigation practices to give Clifford Chance clients a single access point for advice on their risks and regulatory obligations across international financial markets.

An established, powerful presence in Latin America

We have achieved several firsts in Latin America. For example, we were the first international law firm to open an office in São Paulo (1998). More recently, we advised on the IPO of the first Mexican REIT, Fibra Uno, and two follow-on offerings totaling nearly $2.5 billion – an enormous sum in any market for a new product offering. We have also advised on a number of important, highly visible deals in recent years, including the $5.25billion expansion of the Panama Canal; the LAN-TAM merger to create LATAM Airlines – one of the largest airlines in the world by market value; and Rodoanel Oeste, part of the 110-mile São Paulo metropolitan beltway project – one of the largest infrastructure projects Brazil has ever undertaken. All three were recognized with Deal of the Year awards.

Additionally, Chambers Latin America continues to rate us in Tier One for both Corporate/M&A- International and Capital Markets: International in Brazil , and for Latin America-wide - Projects.

Find out more about our work in the Americas region and Brazil.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • Latin American M&A Deal of the Year: The American Lawyer and Latin Lawyer for our work on the LAN-TAM merger to create LATAM Airlines, which has a fleet of 310 aircraft and more than 51,000 employees
  • We advised on 10 aircraft finance-related Deal of the Year transactions in 2012 – more than twice the number of the second-best firm
  • More than half of our US partners and counsel were recognized by The Legal 500 United States in its 2013 National Elite rankings – one of the best showings of any large firm in the US
  • We advised on four Deal of the Year: Latin Finance, 2013, including cross-border M&A, Financing Innovation, Project/Infrastructure Financing, and Structured Financing
  • North America Law Firm of the Year for Funds Formation: Private Equity Real Estate
  • We were honored by ISLP as one of only two Global Pro Bono Visionary Law Firms in recognition of our pivotal work and commitment in providing international pro bono legal services.

Recent assignments

Examples of work include advising:

  • the owners of the Empire State Building on its planned IPO
  • on the first transitional loan financing to tap the CMBS market since the financial crisis, and the first actively managed commercial real estate CDO in the US since 2007 
  • on the IPO of the first Mexican REIT, Fibra Uno, and two follow-on offerings totaling nearly $2.5 billion
  • MasterCard on its strategic partnership with mobile wallet and transactions platform provider, C-SAM
  • General Motors Asset Management in the restructuring of the group annuity contracts of the GM Pension Plans
  • Banco do Brasil on a $1 billion issuance – one of the first perpetual bond offerings to contemplate Basel III guidelines
  • Hearst in its purchase of Lagardère's international magazines unit, which included popular titles such as Car & Driver, Elle and Woman's Day.

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Legal 500: United States, 2013

  • Tier One in Asset Finance and Leasing 
  • Tier One in REITs 
  • Tier One in Tax - Financial Products 
  • Five US partners identified as Leading Lawyers

Chambers: USA, 2013

  • Tier One in Capital Markets: REITs: Nationwide 
  • Seven additional practice areas ranked Tier Two or Three
  • 12 Tier One or Two rankings for US partners

Chambers: Latin America, 2013

  • Tier One in Projects, Latin America-wide 
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: International, Brazil 
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: International, Brazil 
  • Three partners ranked in Tier One or Two

Client comments

  • "Clifford Chance is a dominant player in the REIT capital markets space…"
    Legal 500: United States, 2013
  • "This firm stands out for its high level of experience on cross-border securitization transactions. Sources speak with particular admiration of the team's capabilities on regulatory issues."
    Chambers: USA, 2013
  • "Aviation finance is a core focus for Clifford Chance… The highly esteemed New York practice…is considered 'among the best' for innovative cutting edge financings, particularly when it comes to bond underwritings and asset-backed securitization (ABS)."
    Legal 500: United States, 2013
  • "Its (funds formation) lawyers are recognized for their strength in the niche of private equity real estate and for their proactive approach in keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market knowledge."
    Chambers: USA, 2013
  • "The team at Clifford Chance is widely applauded as a 'top choice for complex and cross-border restructurings,' not least because it can 'marshal appropriate resources across the globe very quickly'."
    Legal 500: United States, 2013