Apr 20, 2018

Clifford Chance elects 26 new partners

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Daniel Royle and Paul Coates promoted to partnership in the Middle East
Yasser Al-Hussain promoted to partner at AS&H in cooperation with Clifford Chance in Riyadh

Leading international law firm, Clifford Chance, today announced the promotion of 26 lawyers to the partnership. The new partners are drawn from all of the firm’s market-leading practices, and from across the firm’s global network, including Daniel Royle and Paul Coates, based in the Middle East.

Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance Global Managing Partner comments, “I am delighted to welcome to the partnership a group of particularly talented senior lawyers. Each of them has established their credentials as a go-to advisor for clients by virtue of their well-recognised expertise and excellent client service skills. They share a strong international mindset – 80% of the group has already worked in more than one of our offices globally. The make-up of this group also demonstrates the breadth and diversity that will underpin our future success. I look forward to working with them over the coming years as they help drive our progress in a fast-shifting legal landscape.”

Joining the team are:

  • Daniel Royle, who will be seconded as a partner to the Corporate practice at AS&H in Riyadh. Daniel is trusted adviser to international companies and Saudi entities and continues to drive the growth of our practice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which operates in cooperation with AS&H.
  • Paul Coates, who becomes a partner in the Middle East Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, based in Dubai. Paul returns to the Dubai Litigation & Dispute Resolution team from our London office, having previously spent four and a half years based in our Dubai team. He has a broad range of experience and will focus in particular on the growing regional demands for construction and projects disputes expertise.

In addition, Yasser Al-Hussain has been promoted to partner at AS&H in Riyadh. Yasser heads the Banking and Finance practice at AS&H. He has extensive experience advising on a broad range of banking and finance matters including project finance, bilateral and syndicated lending transactions as well as representing international and Saudi claimants in litigation, arbitration and enforcement proceedings.

Regional Managing Partner, Middle East, Robin Abraham added, “We are thrilled to welcome two new partners to our Middle East team and to extend our congratulations to Yasser at AS&H in Riyadh. Our new appointments reflect the continued success and leadership position that Clifford Chance holds in the Middle East markets, including through our co-operation with AS&H Law Firm in Saudi Arabia. Daniel, Paul and Yasser are highly respected by our clients and by their colleagues and these promotions enable us to continue to build on our market leading platform in the Middle East. We wish them every success.”

Globally, the promotions add further partner capability in a wide range of areas that are increasingly critical for clients, such as Tech, antitrust, pensions, restructuring and insolvency, as well as strategically important practices such as M&A, Funds, contentious disputes, project and structured finance.

The promotions take effect 1 May 2018. The new partners are:

Thais Garcia – New York, Corporate
Jeff LeMaster – New York, Capital Markets
Robert Hagan – Washington, D.C., Capital Markets

Asia Pacific
Yong Bai – Beijing, Corporate
Hong Zhang – Beijing, Corporate
Bryan Koo – Hong Kong, Corporate
Thomas England – Singapore, Finance
Satbir Walia – Singapore, Corporate
Hans Menski – Tokyo, Finance

Continental Europe
Ilse van Gasteren – Amsterdam, Finance
Kristina Jaeger – Frankfurt, Real Estate
Ines Keitel – Frankfurt, Corporate
Gioacchino Foti – Milan, Capital Markets
Vladimir Barbolin – Moscow, Finance
Charles-Henri Boeringer – Paris, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Julien Rocherieux – Paris, Capital Markets
Milosz Golab – Warsaw, Finance

Cheng Li Yow – Corporate
Daud Khan – Corporate
William Winterton – Finance
Samantha Ward – Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Ian Painter – Real Estate
Chinwe Odimba-Chapman – Tax, Pensions & Employment
Sarah McAleer – Tax, Pensions & Employment

Middle East
Daniel Royle – Seconded to AS&H, Riyadh, Corporate
Paul Coates – Dubai, Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Notes to Editors:

1. Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate and team based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not for profit organisations. We provide them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

For further information about Clifford Chance see www.cliffordchance.com

For further information about this release contact Magdalena Suder on +971 4 503 2744.

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