Clifford Chance

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We advise clients on matters and transactions that redefine their businesses. We use our technical skills, commercial knowledge and substantial resources to get them the best possible results.

Full-service offering from top-ranked teams

We have London roots that go back to the early 1800s. Today we work closely with domestic and international companies, financial institutions, regulators, and government and public-sector bodies.

Our clients have access to top-tier legal advice across the full spectrum. In 2016, the Legal 500 UK ranked us tier one in 31 categories, more than any other law firm in the UK. We are well known for our work in finance and the debt and equity capital markets, as well as corporate advisory and M&A work; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; and tax, pensions and employment.

A capability that delivers high-profile results

We have invested in order to build a resource that meets our clients' needs. Our London team is integrated with our international network of offices – in 2017, Chambers Global awarded us more global tier one rankings than any other firm.

This gives us the ability to field multi-practice, multi-jurisdictional teams to address complex issues within tight timescales.

This capability delivers results for our clients on business critical matters. Recent examples include advising Informa PLC on its acquisition of Penton Business Media Holdingsand Citi in relation to the bank's successful defence of Terra Firma's GBP 1.5bn law suit in the High Court.

A focus on efficiency

Our ethos is to strive to deliver what our clients need in the most commercial, pragmatic and efficient way possible.  We regularly partner with clients to examine the complete end-to-end process of regular legal mandates so that we can identify more efficient ways of working together. For information about our award-winning Continuous Improvement team, please visit Delivering value to our clients.

Highly rated by clients and competitors

We believe in long-term client relationships and we invest time and energy to understand our clients' businesses, priorities, and their working culture. Comments in independent legal directories suggest that clients appreciate the way we work as much as the results we deliver:

  • "What stands out is that they have their finger on the pulse of market developments, not just legal issues but also market and financial developments."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Their commerciality sets them apart: they can apply the law to business situations and are very good at understanding a company's inner workings."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They provide a quality service. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2017

Recent highlights

  • Advised international energy renewables business Abengoa Group bondholders and investors in relation to restructuring the company's EUR€20bn indebtedness. The multi-jurisdictional project remains Europe's largest ever financial restructuring.
  • Advising FTSE100-listed Informa PLC on its acquisition of Penton Business Holdings for USD$1.558 billion. The deal is one of the most high-profile UK to US acquisitions in recent years.
  • Represented Citi on the bank's successful defence against Terra Firma's GBP 1.5bn law suit before Mr Justice Burton in the High Court in London. During its eight year life, over 50 Clifford Chance partners advised on the case, from across every practice and from every region.

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Chambers UK 2017

  • Tier One in 26 categories (Chambers UK 2017)

Legal 500 UK 2016

  • Tier One in 31 categories, more than any other firm (Legal 500 UK 2016)

Client comments

  • "What stands out is that they have their finger on the pulse of market developments, not just legal issues but also market and financial developments."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Their commerciality sets them apart: they can apply the law to business situations and are very good at understanding a company's inner workings."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They provide a quality service. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They deliver an outstanding product. Clients are getting the highest-quality work because that's what they do and that's what they provide."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "The service is extremely good. They have been extremely pragmatic in their approach to very challenging situations."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They are absolutely terrific. Very timely, very positive and creative with solutions at every level."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Very timely and extremely responsive. They are extremely knowledgeable and are able to leverage their worldwide partner network very well."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They have complete knowledge of the relevant law and they deliver advice that takes account of the whole situation rather than the specific issue in question."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "A firm that is truly connected, in whatever part of the world the issue might be."
    Chambers UK 2017