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As a single, fully-integrated global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable way of working

We work across geographies, practices, product areas and sectors to deliver the best advice and support to our clients, and to create a dynamic and rewarding environment for our people.

Our office is committed to improving and further developing the service we offer to our clients. Our clients come to us because of our outstanding experience across the whole spectrum of legal products, our client-friendly attitude and our "can do" attitude.

In order to react to the ever-changing business environment, our lawyers are actively involved in reviewing, interpreting and improving legislation by participating in professional forums. Many of our partners and Counsel sit on working parties that advise on industry regulations and state legislations and also contribute by writing articles and commentary for both French and international periodicals. Our focus is on the core areas of commercial activity and all aspects of business law.

Finance & Capital Markets

We provide highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of the financial sector including acquisitions of financial institutions, leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, asset finance, structured finance, general banking, derivative products, securitisation, financial regulation, insolvency and restructuring, capital markets and Islamic finance.

Our capital markets practice provides legal advice on complex debt and equity transactions, structured finance, derivatives and securitisations. We combine our expertise in a wide range of financial products with a broad understanding of debt and equity securities issues, enabling us to maintain an overview of the whole capital structure.

Leading members of Clifford Chance's award winning worldwide Projects group are based in the Paris office and form part of a multi-disciplinary team of common and civil law lawyers, well equipped to advise on major French and international project finance transactions.

Corporate – M&A, Funds and Commercial Contracts

We lead high value, complex M&A (including public takeovers), private equity and other corporate finance deals for the leading local and international banks, corporations and financial investors. The team has a sound understanding of the business and legal environment across a number of industry sectors. The corporate team has a wide range of expertise and experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructurings, private equity, securities law, equity capital markets, privatisations, shareholders agreements, joint ventures, cooperation agreements, corporate governance and private funds.

The commercial contracts group has a wide-ranging practice of fundamental importance, advising on the many facets of contract law, economic regulations, consumer law, telecommunication, media and technology, intellectual property and transport and logistics regulations.

We have demonstrable strength in these core areas and a track record that is second to none. Our specialists regularly work in integrated, cross-practice teams that combine technical expertise in French and multi-jurisdictional deals with a business-focused, innovative approach.

Real Estate

The dedicated real estate practice group, led by two partners, advises on all aspects of real estate including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholders agreements, construction and development, global asset management, real estate finance, restructuring and funds. This highly experienced team has the capability to undertake complex work, wherever our clients require, and whatever the legal nature of the transaction.

The Paris real estate team represents all players in the real estate market – from developers and investors to financial institutions, as well as landlords and tenants in relation to retail, office and industrial leases.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our litigation and dispute resolution group, led by 10 partners, advises clients across the full range of civil litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The group also comprises teams of lawyers specialising in anti-trust/European law, public law, employment law and white collar crime, investigations and compliance issues, both nationally and internationally, as well as in matters spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Our approach emphasises the practical understanding of our clients' business problems and is supported by our experience across every segment of the corporate and financial world. We specialise in managing complex cases that involve multiple claims and parties, covering securities litigation, M&A and banking litigation, product liability, injunctions and interim measures.

We also work closely with other Clifford Chance practice areas to develop compliance initiatives and other techniques that help our clients reduce litigation risk. The team advises on dawn raids, internal investigations and provides training for top management and teams on anticorruption, anti-trust, sanctions and embargoes.

The international arbitration team has experience of arbitrations seated all over the world, in various industry sectors and has unparalleled ties with the ICC Rules, ICC Court and ICC arbitrators. The lawyers specialising in anti-trust and European law advise on both public and private anti-trust enforcement (such as cartels and the abuse of dominant position), merger control, distribution law, state aid and EU regulation. The Public law team specialises in public contracts, restructuring/privatisations in the public sector, deregulation and environmental law issues. A fully dedicated employment team provides advice on restructuring; employment litigation and severance, collective employment relations, compensations matters, employment contracts and policies as well as accompanying corporate lawyers on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Tax

The dedicated tax team in the Paris office, led by three partners, provides a full range of advisory tax services relating to mergers & acquisitions, LBOs, corporate restructurings joint ventures, real estate and finance. The team also specialises in financial modelling and funds structuring and has a deep experience in tax litigation, employee profit sharing and incentive share plans.

Energy, Mining and Infrastructure

Over the past ten years, we have been involved in almost all the major energy, mining and infrastructure projects in Morocco, whether as adviser to foreign and local investors or lenders. Our work involves accompanying clients (corporates, financial institutions, Private Equity houses) across the full spectrum of sectors. This broad coverage allows us to be familiar with the latest market trends, understands the requirements of key stakeholders and enables us, as lawyers, to create tailor-made and innovative solutions.

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Innovation

Innovation is action. Proven by what we do, not what we say. Putting evolution into evidence, in every facet of our work, every day.

Whether it's the way we work today and how we pave the way for future methods, or the new answers we bring to our clients.

Our capabilities, digital solutions, insights and research speak for themselves. And so do the results.

We use a range of specialised capabilities in the delivery of our legal services including expert project management and continuous improvement, specialist resourcing through our delivery centers, cutting edge legal technology and data science, and a dedicated research and development team who design and build digital solutions with and for our clients.

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An insight into our work

Here, Thierry Schoen, one of our M&A partners, talks about his role in the financial rescue of Peugeot by Dongfeng Motor Group. The deal was multi-faceted and required expertise from Clifford Chance offices around the world, involving lawyers from China, the U.S. and Australia.