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Clifford Chance led the way for international firms when it started practicing US law in the 1990s. Now a thriving, full-service domestic Firm, Clifford Chance US operates from offices in New York, Washington, DC and São Paulo (celebrating its 20th anniversary), while also offering clients the benefit of seamless access to a leading global platform. The US Firm's 300 lawyers have a deep understanding of US, Latin American and global markets.

We are a high-quality, full-service US law firm advising clients on their most important and complex domestic and cross-border mandates. We attract the best and brightest people who want to practice US law at the top level. They want to work on interesting, challenging matters in a supportive team-based environment, where the collective goal is to help our clients – elite US and multinational companies – succeed in a global marketplace. We often hear from our associates that Clifford Chance was their first choice out of law school.

(Note: The preceding paragraph contains excerpts from an interview with Americas Regional Managing Partner Evan Cohen for Chambers Associate. The full interview is not yet published online, but is copied in full in the Q&A section for further reference.)

Selected work highlights

  • Our cross-practice REIT team advises on major deals, such as the $1 billion IPO of ESRT, which includes the Empire State Building.
  • The project finance team routinely places at the top of the Latin America league tables for both volume and value and has advised on some of the most important and innovative deals in the region, including the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal.
  • The Firm's Investigations team has significantly expanded over the past few years. Partner Chris Morvillo was honored as Am Law's Litigator of the Week for a precedent-setting FCPA investigation, and the team was named the 2017 US Export Controls “Law Firm of the Year” for advising Chinese telecom company ZTE during a multi-year, multi-agency investigation.
  • The Firm advised on Kraft’s $19.5 billion acquisition of Cadbury and on the bankruptcies of both the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

We can provide additional market-leading deal descriptions from our asset finance, insurance M&A, structured finance, fund formation and tax practices

Major Practices 

Clifford Chance US boasts six top rankings for its Americas-based practices and routinely works on groundbreaking, high-profile matters.

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance, Debt Trading, Leveraged Finance, Project Finance, Restructuring

Capital Markets: Capital Markets, Structured Finance, REITs

Corporate: Antitrust, Funds & Investment Management, Insurance, M&A

Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Investigations/White Collar; Complex Civil Disputes, including class actions; Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Real Estate: Major transactions, cross-practice team

Tax Pensions & Employment: Complex domestic and international work, ERISA

Cross practice: Latin America, including Energy & Infrastructure, M&A and Capital Markets; Regulatory; Technology, including Fintech

Global teams: US-Qualified attorneys located in offices worldwide