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Clifford Chance elects new Senior Partner

20 November 2018

Clifford Chance elects new Senior Partner

Leading international law firm, Clifford Chance has elected Jeroen Ouwehand as its new Senior Partner. Jeroen will succeed incumbent Malcolm Sweeting and serve a four-year term, starting 1 January 2019.

Jeroen Ouwehand has been Office Managing Partner for Clifford Chance's Amsterdam office since 2015 and leads the firm's Continental European Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Jeroen was a member of the firm's Partner Selection Group from 2010-2015. He specialises in financial, commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration.

Malcolm Sweeting commented, "Jeroen will make an excellent Senior Partner for the firm. During his career at Clifford Chance, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to our clients and a sharp understanding of how the world they operate in is changing, and what that means for our firm, our clients and our markets. As we focus on our future, and how we realise our vision globally, this ability to integrate effectively an external perspective with the dynamics of our partnership and wider firm will be crucial."

Jeroen commented, "I am honoured to have been elected as our next Senior Partner and thank partners for the trust they have put in me. This is a fantastic firm, with huge opportunities ahead of us. I am greatly looking forward to working alongside my fellow Partnership Council members, with Matthew, the partnership and all of our talented colleagues across the firm to ensure that we are constantly challenging ourselves to anticipate and respond to changing global and economic realities, to the march of technology and an increasingly complex legal landscape."

Matthew Layton added, "I congratulate Jeroen on his election and look forward to working with him in his new position. He steps into big shoes: Malcolm has done an exemplary job as Senior Partner, playing an invaluable role in supporting the firm as we have undergone significant changes over the past four years, in particular. Malcolm has also been a tireless ambassador for the firm, engaging with clients, policy makers and other influencers across the globe, bringing an international perspective and deep insight into some of the key issues shaping our world. On behalf of all the partners, I'd like to thank him for his huge dedication over the past eight years in post."