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Clifford Chance elects 29 new partners

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Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announces the promotion of 29 lawyers to the partnership. The new partners are drawn from all of the firm's market-leading practices and every region, with strong representation in particular across Europe, including the UK.

Together they specialise across a range of our leading practice and product areas that are critical to our clients and their strategic needs, in particular financial investors1, litigation and dispute resolution, and financial restructuring.

Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance Global Managing Partner comments: "I'd like to congratulate each and every one of our new partners for reaching this important milestone in their career. It is a testament to their commitment to being trusted advisers to our clients on their most complex and important challenges and opportunities. Together they underline the quality, diversity, and depth of talent that underpins our strategy and they embody the collaborative and inclusive culture that is at the heart of our firm. Promoting these new partners reinforces our ambitious commitment to invest in our firm for today and into the future."

Key statistics:

  • Financial investors: 14 (48%) of the new partners have a strong focus on work for financial investors.1
  • Gender: 38% (11) new partners were female. This represents the largest number in the firm's new partner promotions to date. The rolling average of 32% over five years is also the highest to date. The firm has a target of at least 40% female and at least 40% male global partners in the firm by 2030.
  • Ethnicity: 20% (3) of the 15 new US and UK partners2 who have disclosed ethnicity identified as non-white. This exceeds the firm's target of 15% new partners by 2025.

The promotions take effect 1 May 2021. Meet our new partners below.



Asia Pacific

Continental Europe

Middle East

United Kingdom

Notes to Editors - key statistics:

1. Financial investors are a key growth priority for Clifford Chance, and grew from 26% (GBP 353m) to 33% (GBP 590m) of the firm's revenue between 2015 and 2020. Kai-Niklas Schneider was recently appointed to the firm's global board to lead this focus on financial investors, who have over USD 90 trillion under management.

2. One new partner did not disclose. Note that Clifford Chance can only collect ethnicity data in this way legally in the UK and US. Full regional diversity data against all criteria we measure will be published in the firm's Responsible Business Report.

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