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We opened our first Asia Pacific office in 1980 and have gone on to build a significant market leading regional presence. Our 400-plus lawyers advise clients on the full range of business law for their regional and international activities.

We have worked with clients in the Asia Pacific region for over 30 years

Our Asia Pacific network began with our Hong Kong and Singapore offices which opened in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Since then we've invested in them to keep pace with our clients' businesses and worked on opportunities both within and beyond the region.

We now have nine offices in six Asia Pacific countries. They include two offices in China – Beijing, which opened in 1985 and Shanghai, which opened in 1993 – and our newest office, Seoul, which opened in 2012. We also have an association with Linda Widyati and Partners in Indonesia and with litigation boutique, Cavenagh Law in Singapore. In other countries where we don’t have offices we have close working relationships with local law firms. This gives us a cost-effective way to deliver results for clients in every country in the region - our lawyers know these firms well and carefully pick the firms that best meet the needs of individual clients and projects. 

Multi-jurisdictional teams that deliver award-winning work

We've advised clients on a string of landmark Asia Pacific deals. These deals, and our day-to-day work with clients across the region, have given us extensive experience of managing projects that span multiple regional and international jurisdictions.

We use this experience – and the substantial resources in our international network – to build effective teams. We make sure that each team has the right balance of hands-on experience of local and regional markets.

These teams of talented lawyers have won us a string of awards that include IFLR Asia Awards, 2013 and International Law Firm of the Year.

A dedicated ASEAN focus

With a combined population of approximately 620 million people and a growth rate averaging 6% a year, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) offers huge opportunities for investors. The ten country bloc – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos the Philippines and Cambodia – is one of the fastest growing regions in the world and aims to launch a single market, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

With the AEC beginning to emerge, we are one of the few firms with a dedicated taskforce of partners and associates focusing on industry trends, opportunities and challenges for clients in the ASEAN region. This taskforce operates across and co-ordinates lawyers in our offices in Bangkok and Singapore, our association with Linda Widyati & Partners in Jakarta and our "Country Focus Groups" for Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam, where country teams of lawyers based in all our practice areas and offices worldwide pool their knowhow and expertise for issues involving these ASEAN jurisdictions.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • 2014: The Firm won Chambers Asia Pacific 2014's "Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year" and "China Finance Law Firm of the Year"
  • 2014: We were named top law firm for Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year Transactions by Private Equity International
  • 2014: Energy and resources partner Paul Lingard joins Perth office
  • 2013: We launched the Clifford Chance Africa Academy, aimed at providing a structured training programme to African counsel. The first course, "Introduction to Banking and Capital Markets" for junior associates was held in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2013: The Firm marked the 20th anniversary of its Shanghai office on 25 October. We are one of the first international law firms to receive a license in Shanghai in 1993, following the opening of its Beijing office in 1985
  • 2013: We entered into an association with Indonesian firm, Linda Widyati & Partners (LWP)
  • 2013: We were awarded Global Law Firm of the Year and Asia Law Firm of the Year at the Global Derivatives Awards 2013, hosted by Derivatives Week
  • 2013: Partner Mark Shipman, Global Head of Funds and Investment Management, was appointed to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)'s Advisory Committee
  • 2013: Alastair C. MacAulay joined the Hong Kong office as a partner to lead on maritime and offshore finance matters
  • 2013: We were named the top law firm for private equity transactions, private equity real estate transactions and private equity real estate fund formation in Asia Pacific by readers of Private Equity International (PEI) and Private Equity Real Estate (PERE)
  • 2013: The Firm won "International Law Firm of the Year" in International Financial Law Review (IFLR)'s annual Asia Awards and was also involved on two winning deals: the Debt and equity-linked deal of the year for Axiata sukuk multi-currency programme, and the Project finance deal of the year for Tanjung Bin coal-fired IPP. We were also shortlisted in all eight team of the year categories
  • 2013: We were awarded the prestigious "China International Law Firm of the Year", "Singapore International Law Firm of the Year and "China Corporate Law Firm of the Year" by Chambers Asia Pacific. Clifford Chance China also earned 15 Tier 1 rankings in China and Clifford Chance Singapore earned nine Tier 1 rankings, both higher than any other international law firm, in the 2013 edition of the Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
  • 2013: Mark Shipman, Head of the Global Funds and Investment Management sector, has been appointed to the Hong Kong Government's Financial Services Development Council (FSDC)
  • 2013: Leading Australian antitrust specialist Dave Poddar joined the Firm as a Partner in the Sydney office
  • 2013: Awarded "Corporate Syndicated Loans Law Firm of the Year" in the APLMA Syndicated Loan Awards 2013
  • 2013: Received the "Asia Law Firm of the Year" in the Derivatives Week 2013 Global Derivatives Awards
  • 2013: Won the "International Law Firm of the Year" in the Asian Legal Business China Law Awards 2013
  • 2013: Awarded the "International Law Firm of the Year" in the IFLR Asian Awards 2013
  • 2013: Received the "Syndicated Acquisition Finance Law Firm of the Year" in the APLMA Asia Pacific Syndicated Loan Awards
  • 2013: Won the "Syndicated Project Finance Law Firm of the Year" in the APLMA Asia Pacific Syndicated Loan Awards
  • 2013: Won the "Finance team of the Year" in the Legal Business Awards 2013 

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Asia Pacific 2014:

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Debt in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Derivatives & Structured Products in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Equity in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Hedge Funds in Asia Pacific 
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Private Equity in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Real Estate in Asia Pacific
  • Tier One in Projects & Infrastructure: in Asia Pacific

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014

  • Tier One in Banking and finance in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital markets (debt) in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Corporate (including M&A) in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Dispute resolution in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in International arbitration in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment funds in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Private equity in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Projects and energy in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Real estate in Hong Kong

IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific 2014

  • Tier One in Bank lending in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Capital markets in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Competition in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Financial services regulatory in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment funds – hedge funds in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment funds – private equity funds in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Investment funds – real estate funds in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in M&A in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Private equity in Hong Kong
  • Tier One in Project finance in Hong Kong

Client comments

  • "In aviation, Clifford Chance is number one; they do great work."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Aviation Finance Asia Pacific
  • "Their lawyers are very good and commercially articulate. You do not often see quality work like this."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Banking & Finance Asia Pacific
  • "Their ability to tap into their global knowledge base and experience is a key strength."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Capital Markets Asia Pacific
  • "The reason why we like working with them is the good mix of local and international lawyers in the team. That is very useful in addressing the needs of a global organisation whilst having insight to local practices."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Asia Pacific
  • "Globally, they're very familiar with the energy and natural resources sectors."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Energy & Natural Resources Asia Pacific
  • "They can cover a number of practice areas and have offices in various jurisdictions around the world, so whenever we have a problem, we use them as they are a true one-stop shop."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Investment Funds Asia Pacific
  • "Their innovative thinking is their number-one strength. They take a commercial approach to the product and are rigorous in their analysis."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 – Islamic Finance Asia Pacific

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