2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people are considerate and overall great to work with.”
“Timeline to partnership, which is comparatively long.”
“The hours can be difficult.”
"The office building.”
About Clifford Chance US LLP
With 2,500 lawyers across more than 30 offices around the globe, Clifford Chance is a legal behemoth. The firm boasts a growing practice in the U.S. and a global reputation that shines.
Brits and Yanks
The Modern Clifford Chance was created in 1987 when giant UK 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 UK's largest: Linklaters & Paines. Over the years, Clifford Chance has 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.
Starting in the 1990s, Clifford Chance trailblazed the way forward for international firms practicing U.S. law. Now almost two decades removed from its merger with New York litigation powerhouse Rogers & Wells, Clifford Chance has a thriving, full-service U.S. firm with nearly 300 lawyers and offices in New York and Washington, DC. According to the firm, its U.S. practice is currently the firm’s No. 1 priority.
Delivering the Best
Today Clifford Chance has 32 offices spanning key markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with a particularly strong reputation in the financial sector. The firm offers substantive experience in a wide array of practice areas and industry sectors, including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, and tax pensions and employment. The firm also offers numerous cross-practice areas, such as Latin America (which includes energy and infrastructure, M&A, and capital markets), regulatory, and technology (which includes fintech).
First years in the firm’s transactional practice enter the Clifford Chance Transactional Pool for around three years and can receive assignments in banking and finance, capital markets, and corporate matters. An assignment manager oversees the pool and aims to provide associates with assignments that align with their long-term goals.
Lawyers at the firm can also make their practice more efficient by calling on the firm’s Best Delivery team. The team includes professionals who specialize in continuous improvement, project management, and legal technology. The team focuses on making practice more efficient and tailoring practice to the client’s needs.
Commitment by Committee
Looking to improve diversity? Clifford Chance has a committee for that. The firm’s Diversity Committee is comprised of five subcommittees: the Asian and Pacific Islanders Subcommittee; the Black and Latino Subcommittee; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Subcommittee (known as Arcus); Veterans and Affiliates (known as CliffVets); and the Women’s Subcommittee. The firm is vocal about its commitment to creating a diverse workplace and put its money where its mouth is in 2018 when it achieved Mansfield Certification.
News & Awards
Clifford Chance announced that Sharis A. Pozen joined the Firm as a partner and co-chair of the Global Antitrust Group. Pozen comes to Clifford Chance from General Electric, where she was the company's vice president for Global Competition Law and Policy.
Their Voices: Insights from Today's Rising Lawyers: Following the success of Advice to My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers, Clifford Chance again partnered with The Legal 500 to develop a bespoke book, in this instance profiling 20 junior lawyers from the Firm's US offices. Their Voices features a diverse group of rising lawyers who share their perspectives on why and how they came into the legal field, the qualities that drew them to Clifford Chance and the strategies that are helping them develop their careers, stay true to their values and find the right balance.
Clifford Chance was named Latin America Legal Adviser of the Year (International) at the IJGlobal Awards 2018. In addition to this prestigious award, our Latin America team also advised on two award-winning transactions: (1) Latin America Solar Deal of the Year – Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power and photovoltaic plant, Chile, and (2) Latin America Transmission Deal of the Year – Cajamarca Transmission Line Refinancing, Peru.
Clifford Chance announced that Steven J. Mastrovich has joined the Firm in New York. A former managing director of three major investment banks, Mastrovich is a highly regarded senior executive in the real estate capital markets space. Mastrovich adds an important strategic dimension to the Firm's market-leading REIT, real estate, hospitality, private equity, fintech and specialty finance practices. He will be supporting clients in private capital raising, joint venture and capital formation, enterprise reorganizations, complex transactions and in developing next step strategies to support enterprise growth and success.
- Clifford Chance advised GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) on its milestone deal with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to create a US$2 billion global aircraft financing platform.
- The firm advised Mondelēz International with respect to the merger of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. to create Keurig Dr Pepper.
- Clifford Chance are representing a leading blockchain innovation company in an SEC enforcement investigation into alleged violations of the federal securities laws.
- The firm advised Apollo REIT on a US$330 million equity offering and US$500 million Term Loan B.
- Ranked #1 in the 2019 Chambers Survey for "Most Satisfied Associates" and "Best Firm for Diversity"
- Ranked #3 in the 2020 Vault Associate Survey for "Best Firm to Work For"
- Mansfield Certification (pioneering U.S. firm)
- Six Band 1 U.S. practices: Asset Finance, LatAm (Banking & Finance, Corporate M&A and Projects), REITs and Tax
- "Law Firm of the Year" awards in Derivatives and RMBS (both: GlobalCapital), Fund Formation (PERE) and US Export Controls (WorldECR)
31 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 878-8000
Managing Partner: Matthew Layton
U.S. Managing Partner: Evan Cohen
Recruiting Chairs: Nicholas R. Williams & Steve Nickelsburg
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2.5K - 3K
New York, NY
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
9th year+: $350,000
Summer associate: $7,916.67/semi-monthly
Summer Associate Offers:
21 out of 22 (2Ls only) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
24 total (22 2Ls; 1 1L; 1 SEO)
New York, NY
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Banking & Finance
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax Pensions & Employment
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries