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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Matthew Layton

Matthew Layton

Managing Partner

Managing Partner
Matthew Layton

Matthew Layton is Clifford Chance's Managing Partner. He chairs the firm's Executive Leadership Group which is responsible for the management of the firm and for Clifford Chance's strategic growth and development.

Before taking up leadership of the firm globally, Matthew was the global head of Clifford Chance's Corporate practice.

Matthew has over 30 years experience at Clifford Chance. His practice specialises in domestic and cross-border public and private M&A, with a particular focus on private equity transactions, as well as aspects of corporate finance work.

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Career and qualifications

  • Leeds University (LL.B) 1982
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1983
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1986
  • Partner since 1991
  • Global Head of Corporate Practice 2008
  • Managing Partner from May 2014

Awards and citations

  • Excellence in Leadership at the British Legal Awards 2020
  • Ranked as a Top 50 Ally Executive in the 2016 OUTstanding List, presented by the Financial Times