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Clifford Chance announces short-listed undergraduates for final round of Intelligent Aid competition

1 March 2011

Clifford Chance announces short-listed undergraduates for final round of Intelligent Aid competition

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announces the top 10 applicants selected by the firm to attend a final round judging day of its microfinance-focused competition for undergraduates.

Part of Clifford Chance's 2010/11 graduate recruitment activities, the firm launched Intelligent Aid in November 2010 and invited UK university students to enter. Open to all non-final year students, irrespective of the subject they are studying, the competition is a chance to champion a charitable cause while demonstrating their creativity and understanding of microfinance.

In the first round, students were asked to answer two questions and submit their responses via the firm's website. The first question tested the applicant's understanding of microfinance and the second asked about the role of the legal professional within the debate.

Clifford Chance's graduate recruitment committee reviewed over 120 applications and selected the short-listed ten.

The chosen ten and their respective universities are:

·         Armand Cazalis, Warwick

·         Alison Ford, Durham

·         William Green, UCL

·         Sophie Hill, Oxford

·         Katja Loncaric, UCL

·         Robbie Marwick, Edinburgh

·         Alex McDonald, Leicester

·         Stephen Wilkinson, Aberdeen

·         Tasmin Patel, Oxford

·         Genevieve Wastie, Oxford

The initiative was speared-headed by graduate recruitment partners, Emma Matebalavu and Nick Swinburne and Capital Markets Senior Associate Maya Mehta who founded the firm's Microfinance Group in 2010.

Emma explained: "Clifford Chance is constantly looking at new ways of engaging with talented students and encouraging them to demonstrate their understanding of sometimes complex topics, in innovative and creative ways. Microfinance is such a hot topic and an important focus for the firm, it's an excellent foundation for this year's competition."

Nick Swinburne continued: "We have been extremely impressed by both the quantity and quality of applications for the competition. Selecting the final ten was challenging but we are eager to hear the ideas of these undoubtedly bright and enterprising young people on March 14th."

These students have been invited to Clifford Chance's London office for the judging day, when they will attend a presentation training course in the morning, followed by the chance to present their ideas to a panel of judges in the afternoon.

The first, second and third placed students will be selected and presented with the prizes at a drinks reception in the evening. The winner will nominate a charity to receive a donation from Clifford Chance, and receive a place on the firm's vacation scheme, an ipad and a trip to New York with a day spent in the firm's office there. Second and third place winners will also be awarded a place on the Firm's vacation scheme.