Evan Cohen Elected Clifford Chance's Regional Managing Partner for the Americas

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announced that Evan Cohen has been elected Americas regional managing partner (RMP) by a vote of his fellow partners in the region. 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, 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.

"It's an honor to have been elected," said Cohen. "I have the highest regard for my colleagues – many of whom I've worked with collaboratively for more than a decade – and I thank them for their confidence. I also want to thank Craig for his leadership during a time of economic turbulence in the US market. He helped us build a strong foundation to deliver profitable growth; I look forward to spending more time with him in the months ahead to ensure a smooth transition."

During Cohen's tenure as the head of Banking & Finance, his teams were routinely involved in significant matters in the US 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 US 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 US, European and cross-border matters, leveraging the firm's vast regulatory expertise across its global network.

"I want to extend my congratulations to Evan – a superb partner who is well known, liked and respected across our firm," said Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs. "I also want to thank Craig for his eight years of strong leadership; we're very pleased he's returning to the Corporate practice and the market-leading US Funds team he helped to build."

Cohen received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his BS, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He is based in New York, where he is admitted to the bar, and belongs to the American Bar Association and the American College of Investment Counsel.

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The Firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the five major regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M &A; finance and banking; real estate; tax, pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Clifford Chance has 35 offices in 25 countries with some 3,400 legal advisers. The Firm also operates a co-operation agreement with Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm in Saudi Arabia.

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