Searching for Clifford Chance

Today we reported that the magic circle was lining up to take pole position on Lloyds’s mega £13.5bn rights issue, a deal that totals £22.5bn when £9bn’s worth of contingent convertible notes, (CoCos to you and me) are thrown in (see story).

Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May all secured lead roles on the deal.

Now, here’s your starter for ten – can you spot the missing magic circle firm?

If you said Clifford Chance you’re… wrong. OK, it’s true the firm – which is still in the magic circle, despite what one or two mischievous website commenters say – missed out on this peach of a deal.

But what’s this? The firm has just announced that London partner Andrew Forryan has been elected practice group leader for four years, effective from 1 January 2010 (see story).

It might be a consolation prize, but hopefully the headlines will go some way to quantatively easing Clifford Chance’s pain.


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