Clifford Chance Appoints Alexandra Davidson as New Head of Global Funds and Investment Management

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Alexandra Davidson, a partner in the firm’s highly regarded Private Funds practice in London as the next head of its Global Funds and Investment Management group. Alex will succeed Hong Kong partner, Mark Shipman who has led the more than 300 lawyer team for over a decade.

Alex specialises in advising sponsors on the establishment of private investment funds and is widely recognised as a leader in her field.

Alex, who is already a member of the firm’s Financial Investors Leadership Group, will continue to work closely with Kai-Niklas Schneider who leads the firm’s global focus on supporting its Financial Investors clients, including private equity firms, asset managers, alternative capital providers, insurers, real estate and infrastructure funds, pension and sovereign wealth funds, and family offices. Clifford Chance has deep and long-standing relationships with many of the pre-eminent players in the sponsor community, and this client group is responsible for more than a third of the firm’s global income.

Mark Shipman comments, “It has been a privilege to lead our work in the sector, collaborating with so many fantastic clients and talented colleagues around the globe. I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Alex, who has the exact mix of expertise and dynamism that we want to take our ambitious team into the next stage of our development.”

Kai Schneider comments, “Ensuring the firm remains best placed to support our financial investor clients as they grow and face increased complexity in the operating and regulatory landscape, is one of Clifford Chance’s top strategic priorities. I am greatly looking forward to working with Alex in her new role, as she continues the outstanding work that Mark has already done in pursuit of that goal.”

Alex Davidson comments, “It is an honour to succeed Mark, who is a trailblazer in the industry and a wonderful colleague. Under his leadership the group has grown consistently across all our key metrics. Our Funds and Investment Management clients are navigating a busy market within an increasingly intricate legal environment worldwide, and I am excited to work with our team to continue to deliver the very best “one stop shop” international service to them.”

Alex will be working closely with Mark over the coming months before formally assuming the role on 1 May. Mark will remain an active member of the team and continue to focus on his market leading investment management practice in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.

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Ex Clifford Chance litigators set up disputes firm in Singapore

Harpreet Singh Nehal, former managing partner of Cavenagh Law, the Singapore Formal Law Alliance (FLA) firm of Clifford Chance, has co-founded a disputes-focused boutique in the city-state called Audent Chambers.

The other co-founder is Jordan Tan, who was previously a counsel at the same firm. The two lawyers will be joint managing partners of Audent.

The firm will have an advocates-only setup, working with solicitor firms.

Nehal, who helped to launch Cavenagh Law, focuses on banking and finance, oil and gas, and TMT sectors. Meanwhile, Tan has experience advising on a number of cases including a minority oppression claim concerning a company with assets above $100 million.

In an interview with Business Times, the lawyers said that they wanted the firm to be one that took on highly complex commercial matters as well as pro bono cases that raised important questions of law and public interest.


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As a leading law firm, we recruit the best talent from around the world. It is essential to our commercial strategy that we foster an inclusive culture so that we can provide our clients with the best advice.

Our clients are made up of a diverse range of businesses. To find ever better solutions to our clients’ most important challenges, we must build the best team, made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds, which is nurtured and developed in an inclusive and collegiate environment.

We are committed to increasing diversity within the firm and report yearly on the inclusion and diversity commitments we have made. These include our target of improving the gender balance in our partnership, so that women make up at least 30%, and our undertaking to improve ethnic diversity within the firm.

We are focused on promoting social mobility, particularly through our London recruitment process, and are involved in a number of initiatives, which aim to attract and support employees from less advantaged backgrounds.

Inclusion and diversity is not just a commercial imperative for the firm. It is also important to our people, many of whom are involved in internal diversity networks, such as Arcus, our global LGBT+ network.

The work we have been doing at both a global and a local level was recognised when we were ranked in 2017 among the top 5 UK best employers for LGBT+ colleagues in the 2017 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. We were also recognised in the Asian Legal Business Diversity List 2016. Our managing partner, Matthew Layton, features on the 2016 OUTstanding Leading Ally Executives List, presented by the Financial Times. The list recognises leading individuals in business who have made a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion.