Evan Cohen Elected Clifford Chance’s Regional Managing Partner And Craig Medwick Elected Corporate Leader For The Americas

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:49

Clifford Chance has announced that Evan Cohen has been elected Americas regional managing partner (RMP) by a vote of his fellow partners in the region. Mr. Cohen, who has led the Americas Banking & Finance practice since 2005, will begin his four-year term as RMP on May 1 of this year.  Current Americas RMP Craig Medwick will return to the Corporate practice following the completion of his second and final term on April 30.

During the past eight years, Mr. Cohen has built a high-performing Banking & Finance team through the strategic acquisition of lateral partners, the growth and promotion of talented associates, and by driving industry expertise to increase the value of the legal advice delivered to clients.  He has deep experience in acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, and syndicated lending and restructurings. During his career, which includes eight years in Hong Kong, he has advised a wide array of clients, including commercial and investment banks, borrowers, institutional investors and project sponsors.

During Mr. Cohen’s tenure as the head of Banking & Finance, his teams were routinely involved in significant matters in the U.S. and Latin America, while also introducing important new client offerings.  For example, the Asset Finance team worked with colleagues globally to advise on 10 aircraft finance-related “2012 Deal of the Year” transactions – twice the number of any other law firm.  The Energy & Infrastructure team won a major mandate from U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Program office to advise on more than $4 billion in renewable energy projects, and also represented multiple international lenders on the first expansion of the Panama Canal – a matter nominated for “Deal of the Decade.” And last year, Clifford Chance formed one of the first integrated Financial Services Regulatory Groups. The New York-based team advises clients on U.S., European and cross-border matters, leveraging the firm’s vast regulatory expertise across its global network.

Meanwhile, Craig Medwick has been elected to lead the Americas Corporate practice by his fellow Corporate partners in the region. In his new Corporate role, Mr. Medwick succeeds co-heads John Healy and Brian Hoffmann, who have just finished their second terms.

Mr. Medwick has been a Clifford Chance partner since 1987. His practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, including funds formation, real estate securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance.  Before assuming the role of Regional Managing Partner in 2007, he led the formation of Clifford Chance’s U.S. Private Funds team, which last year was named best in North America by Private Equity Real Estate magazine.

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Clifford Chance has won the prestigious Chambers Global: International Law Firm of the Year Award for 2013. The firm was also named Chambers Global: Law Firm of the Year for Europe and for the Middle East.

Rieta Ghosh, editor-in-chief, Chambers and Partners, commented, “We were unanimous in our decision. Clifford Chance’s continued international expansion and involvement in cutting-edge deals and cases has earned it this much-coveted title of International Law Firm of the Year.”

In Europe, Chambers highlighted Clifford Chance’s outstanding network coupled with formidable strength in banking and finance, corporate, energy and projects. The firm regularly tops the tables in key countries such as Belgium, France, Spain, Germany and Russia, as well as throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey.

In the Middle East, the firm was recognized for its ability to combine high-end transactional expertise with one of the most respected dispute resolution practices in the region. 

In addition to the awards, Clifford Chance earned more tier-one rankings in the global tables and more tier-one rankings overall than any other firm in the Chambers Global 2013 edition. The firm earned 119 tier-one rankings overall, 16 more than the next law firm.

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Clifford Chance has been appointed by the Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022 to advise on its “Technical Programme,” which includes advising on the development of the main “Iconic Stadium,” with a capacity of over 85,000.

Clifford Chance's expertise in procurement for major sporting events, ability to mobilize an international team and its significant expertise in Doha positioned the firm to win the mandate. The firm has, for example worked on infrastructure and development projects for major sporting events, such as the recent London Olympics and Poland’s Euro 2012 program, as well as advising on aspects of major stadia, including Wembley National Stadium, Stamford Bridge in the UK and Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Clifford Chance maintains an impressive track record in Qatar, having advised in connection with major projects including The Pearl in Qatar, Doha Festival City and Ras Laffan II. The firm has also recently advised QNB on the acquisition of Société Générale’s stake in National Société Générale Bank Egypt, the largest cross-border financial services M&A deal in the MENA region in 2012; and Mannai Corporation on its acquisition of Damas International, for which Clifford Chance was awarded M&A Deal of the Year by IFLR Middle East Awards.