Clifford Chance hands second term to global corporate head Layton

The Clifford Chance partnership as re-elected Matthew Layton as global head of corporate.


Matthew Layton
Matthew Layton

He will start his secon, four-year term from November after first being elected to the role in 2008.The election was uncontested.

The announcement follows yesterday’s news that Logan Wright will take over from Jan ter Haar as managing partner of the firm’s Moscow office, from 1 January 2013 (18 October 2012).

Layton is one of 16 members on the firm’s management committee who picked up an average profit share of £1.19m in 2011-12, according to the firm’s latest LLP figures (4 October 2012).

Layton has helped Clifford Chance top the table of M&A instructions so far this year, with round 150 deals worth £138m. That includes a role for Dutch aerospace group EADS in its aborted tie-up with BAE Systems (13 September 2012).

He has been a corporate partner at Clifford Chance since 1991.

Managing partner David Childs said in a statement: “Clifford Chance boasts a leading international M&A and corporate practice and Matthew has played a key role in building this success over the past few years.

“I’m confident that under his leadership the practice will continue to go from strength to strength around the world.”

Layton said he would be leading an “outstanding practice and highly talented team”. He added: “Our collective achievements, including having advised on five of the top 10 global M&A deals this year, make me immensely proud.”