Clifford Chance elects four new partners to the firm's partnership in the Americas

Clifford Chance announces the promotion of four new partners to the firm's partnership in the Americas. They are part of a global cohort of new partners drawn from all of the firm's market-leading practices and every region, with strong representation in particular across Europe, including the UK.

Together, they focus across a range of our leading practice and product areas that are critical to our clients and their strategic needs, in particular financial investors2, litigation and dispute resolution, ESG and financial restructuring.

Regional Managing Partner for the Americas Evan Cohen offers: "I'm delighted to see these impressive individuals promoted to the firm's partnership. Our Americas team continues to grow in support of our expanding client base in the region. Of particular note is how well connected these individuals are with the wider global team. They've all worked extensively with their colleagues in other jurisdictions on international matters, which is a key element of Clifford Chance's unique value proposition as a fully integrated firm."

Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance Global Managing Partner comments: "I'd like to congratulate each and every one of our new partners for reaching this important milestone in their career. It is a testament to their commitment to being trusted advisers to our clients on their most complex and important challenges and opportunities. Together they underline the quality, diversity, and depth of talent that underpins our strategy and they embody the collaborative and inclusive culture that is at the heart of our firm. Promoting these new partners reinforces our ambitious commitment to invest in our firm for today and into the future."

Key statistics:

  • Financial investors 50% (15) of the new partners have a strong focus on work for financial investors.2
  • Gender: 37% (11) of the new partners were female. This represents the largest number in the firm's new partner promotions to date. The rolling average of 32% over five years is also the highest to date. The firm has a target of at least 40% female and at least 40% male global partners in the firm by 2030.
  • Ethnicity: 20% of the new US and UK partners3 who have disclosed ethnicity identified as non-white. This exceeds the firm's target of 15% new partners by 2025.

The promotions take effect May 1, 2021. The new partners in Americas are:

Neil Barlow (corporate)

Daniel Drabkin (corporate)

Jessica Springsteen (global financial markets)

Andrew Young (global financial markets)

New partners across the rest of Clifford Chance's global network are:


Ouns Lemseffer (global financial markets)

Asia Pacific

Jacob Kahwaji (corporate)

Yufei Liao (corporate)

Reuben van Werkum (corporate)

Continental Europe

Stefanie Ferring (global financial markets)

Ashwin van Rooijen (corporate)

Dimitri Slobodenjuk (corporate)

Maren Stadler-Tjan (corporate)

Nienke van Stekelenburgh (global financial markets)

Philipp Stoecker (real estate)

Cristina Weidner (global financial markets)

Milica Zatezalo-Falatar (global financial markets)

Middle East

Sahel Mughal (corporate)

Nicola Reader (global financial markets)

United Kingdom

Jonathan Bray (corporate)

Adam Craig (global financial markets)

Richard Evans (global financial markets)

Stephanie Huts (litigation and dispute resolution)

Christopher Ingham (litigation and dispute resolution)

Charlotte Madden (corporate)

Olamide Oladosu (global financial markets)

Laura Smallcombe (global financial markets)

Nick Spurrell (corporate)

Sachin Trikha (litigation and dispute resolution)

Alastair Windass (tax, pensions, and employment)