Clifford Chance US LLP at a Glance


  • “The truly international practice”
  • “Camaraderie at all levels of the firm”
  • “Global name recognition”


  • “The lack of racial diversity”
  • “It's international, so more middle of the night work than average”
  • “Europe-centered outlook”

The Buzz

  • “British leader”
  • “Nerdishly charming”
  • “More quantity than quality”
  • “Long hours”

About Clifford Chance US LLP

In many ways, the formation of Clifford Chance presaged the future of modern law practice, especially as it is carried out in its native city of London. The firm was created in 1987 when giant U.K. firms Coward Chance and Clifford Turner merged, creating an entity The Times of London called "the country's first mega law firm." Indeed, Clifford Chance was twice as large as the firm that had previously been the U.K.'s largest: Linklaters & Paines.

When Two Firms Become One

Clifford Turner and Coward Chance shared two distinctive and important goals: international expansion and scaling-up of their businesses. While neither Coward Chance nor Clifford Turner was considered a top-tier or elite firm per se on its own, leaders of the combined Clifford Chance resolved to build a worldwide firm that would innovate and collaborate across borders and set new standards of excellence for the practice of law in a global economy. And that's exactly what happened. Clifford Chance opened offices and built client lists around the world, adopting a cross-border focus well before such an outlook became commonplace. At the same time, the firm grew from hundreds of attorneys to thousands, which enabled it to take on several major deals and cases and to work on them simultaneously.

Financiers' Friend

Today Clifford Chance has 35 offices spanning key markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with a particularly strong reputation in the financial sector. It also has a flourishing and growing litigation practice. The firm offers substantive experience in a wide array of practice areas and industry sectors, including banking, consumer goods and retail, energy and resources, financial services, funds and investment management, government and public policy, health care, life sciences and chemicals, industrials, insurance, private equity, real estate, technology and telecom, and transport and logistics.

Success in the Americas

The firm has delivered strong results in the U.S. in recent years and is widely recognized for its strength in several Americas practices, including REITs, asset finance, insurance M&A, structured finance, fund formation, project finance, and cross-border investigations. Offices in New York, Washington, DC, and São Paulo (the first opened by an international law firm in 1998) comprise nearly 300 lawyers, each with a thorough understanding of U.S., Latin American, and global markets.


Awesome Attorneys

The National Law Journal named Americas Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice area leader David DiBari as a recipient of a 2015 Trailblazers Award in the White Collar Crime category. Clifford Chance's US Litigation team has been frequently mentioned in news reports for its representation of both top executives and companies on a number of highly-visible matters, including the FIFA investigation. Continuing the trend of being identified as a leader within the legal profession, the New York State Bar Association named Ari Kahn as its 2016 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Bar Association's Law Youth & Citizenship Committee (LYC) to a lawyer that has made a significant commitment to serving students in a volunteer capacity. Kahn led the 2012 selection process to assemble a New York City team that would eventually compete in the inaugural International Moot Court competition at The Hague, Netherlands. That team was comprised of students from public schools representing all five boroughs and, under Kahn's guidance, won the world championship, beating out teams from across the world.

April 2016
Award Worthy

Clifford Chance's Washington, DC-based Project Finance team had a year for the record books in 2015, being named International Financial Law Review's (IFLR) 2016 Americas Project Finance "Team of the Year" and also winning IFLR's Americas Project Finance "Deal of the Year" for its work on the metro line in Lima, Peru. Additionally, Clifford Chance finished 2015 ranked No. 1 for deal volume and No. 1 for deal value in InfraDeal's league tables for Project

Finance in Latin America. The IFLR awards followed on the heels of the firm winning six more Americas energy and projects awards in a single evening from infrastructure trade media IJGlobal.

February 2016
Laying down the Line

Clifford Chance's US Banking & Finance team worked with colleagues in Paris to advise Natixis on a loan of more than a quarter-billion dollars to fund the building of the first direct undersea fiber optic cable between New York and São Paulo. It's expected to be the world's longest cable utilizing 100 Gbit/s coherent technology. Global Trade Review named the transaction the "Best Deal of 2015." The cable will be built by another Clifford Chance client, Alcatel Lucent, and is expected to become operational in 2017. This São Paulo to New York direct route will provide lower latency as compared to existing submarine cable systems on the route.

February 2016
Let's Get Coffee

Clifford Chance M&A lawyers in New York and London advised Mondelēz International in connection with the acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain by JAB Holding Company for $13.9 billion. Earlier, the Firm also advised Mondelēz International on the transaction with JAB to combine its respective coffee businesses to create Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the world's No. 1 pure-play coffee company.

January 2016
Big in Brazil

Clifford Chance's Americas team advised on the largest M&A deal in Latin America in 2015-the $5.2 billion acquisition of HSBC Holdings PLC's Brazilian business by Banco Bradesco SA. Clifford Chance represented Bradesco on the all-cash deal to acquire the Brazil business of Europe's largest bank. The transaction was announced on July 31, 2015 and included collaboration between firm lawyers in the Americas and UK.

March 2016
Silver Addition

Clifford Chance added the former Chief of the National Security and Cybercrimes Section in the Eastern District of New York, Dan Silver, to its growing stable of former federal prosecutors.

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Clifford Chance US LLP

31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 878-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Matthew Layton
  • U.S. Managing Partner: Evan Cohen
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 2,586

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $300,000
    Summer associate: $7,500/semi-monthly

  • Summer Associate Offers
    22 out of 22 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Asset Finance
    Banking & Finance
    Bank Lending
    Capital Markets
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Finance/Securities
    Energy & Infrastructure
    ERISA/Executive Compensation
    Financial Services Regulatory
    Funds & Investment Management
    Latin America
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Project Finance
    Real Estate
    Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar
    Restructuring & Insolvency
    Securities Litigation
    Structured Finance
    Tax, Pensions & Employment

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY • Washington, DC • Abu Dhabi • Amsterdam • Bangkok • Barcelona • Beijing • Brussels • Bucharest • Casablanca • Doha • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Jakarta (in association with Linda Widyati & Partners) • London • Luxembourg • Madrid • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Perth • Prague • Rome • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore• Sydney • Tokyo • Warsaw