Kathy Honeywood to Lead Clifford Chance's Corporate Practice In Southeast Asia

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:47

Clifford Chance has announced that London partner Kathy Honeywood will be relocating to Singapore in May to head the firm's tier one Corporate practice in Southeast Asia. Kathy specializes in corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures and has significant Asia Pacific experience including two secondments in China and advising on a number of high-profile M&A deals such as Shell on their $2.6 billion disposal of a significant part of their downstream assets in Australia, and Chinalco on their $19.5 billion strategic partnership with Rio Tinto and their proposed acquisition of Las Bambas from Glencore Xstrata.

Kathy will replace Simon Clinton, who will be relocating to London later this year. In London, Simon will continue working with Asia Pacific clients, leveraging off his 15 years of experience in the region, leading the firm's sovereign wealth sector team, as well as leading and supporting client relationships across the firm.

Singapore regularly advises clients on a wide variety of corporate M&A transactions in Southeast Asia including, most recently, Mondelēz on its proposed acquisition of 80 percent stake in Vietnamese snack company for US$370 million and Sime Darby on its US$1.74 billion cash offer for New Britain Palm Oil Limited.

These moves reflect the firm's strategy of delivering the highest levels of expertise and service to clients, including through partner mobility to maintain a balanced spread of experience across different offices and practice areas.