Clifford Chance has gained more than 90 per cent of the work carried out by the team it plundered from Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and plans to relocate two New York partners and an associate to its new West Coast office
A total of 19 Brobeck partners finally came across to Clifford Chance at the beginning of July, after serving a 30-day notice period at Brobeck. The Brobeck team, comprising predominantly securities litigation partners plus several intellectual property (IP) and real estate specialists, has introduced a run of new clients to Clifford Chance. They include Nike, Broadcom, Citrix Systems, Siebel Systems and eBay. Among the large-value instructions to have moved across with the group are major securities litigations involving Cisco and Intel. Former Brobeck chairman Tower Snow is leading for Cisco, while partner Michael Torpey is advising Intel. Torpey said: "Brobeck wanted to hold all of that litigation if they could and they made efforts in some cases and in other cases they didn't. We felt that our client relationships were strong and that we provided excellent service and value to them. We were always very hopeful that they would follow. I would say that in excess of 90 per cent of all of the matters we were working on followed us." Clifford Chance's US managing partner Jim Benedict told The Lawyer: "All of the clients that were on my check list are now within Clifford Chance." The former Brobeck partners are working through a cross-selling process with Clifford Chance on a global basis. They will shortly be joined by partners Craig Waldman and Kathleen Werner and associate Johanna Calabria from New York.