Mergers & Acquisitions / Joint Ventures

Clifford Chance expands into Australia

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Clifford Chance will gain a presence in Australia through mergers with two boutique law firms in the country, as part of the London-based firm’s planned expansion in Asia Pacific.

Chang Pistilli and Simmons of Sydney and Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe in Perth will officially be rebranded as Clifford Chance on 1 May. Clifford Chance will gain 14 partners in Australia through the mergers, which will see the firm initially focus on finance, high-end M&A cases and litigation.

Clifford Chance aims to double its revenue in Asia to £250 million ($400 million) by 2014, accounting for about 15 per