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David Brinton Appointed Head of US Corporate Practice of Clifford Chance

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Summary: Clifford Chance names David Brinton as the head of its Corporate Practice in the US and Americas.

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance announced Tuesday that David Brinton has been appointed Practice Area Leader of the Corporate practice in the US and Americas region. Brinton’s term took effect September 1, 2014, and will run for four years. Brinton, who has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1994, specializes in corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Brinton succeeds Craig Medwick who will retire in April 2015 after 28 years with Clifford Chance, including eight years as head of the Americas region. Brinton and Medwick will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

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Speaking on Brinton’s appointment, Evan Cohen, Americas Regional Managing Partner, said, “David has an in-depth understanding of the firm and a successful track-record of working on large multinational deals with colleagues in the US and around our global network …I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Craig for leading our growing Americas Corporate practice during the past year and for his many important contributions to our firm during his long career at Clifford Chance.”

Brinton added, ” I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to help us further grow a practice that includes the Americas top-ranked real estate fund formation group, members of the industry’s only global-wide Band 1-rated Insurance team, structured finance lawyers who are leading on the rebirth of US CLO offerings, and an exceptionally strong group of M&A attorneys … I see great potential for our Corporate practice in this area and look forward to working with my colleagues to further grow our capabilities and market position.”

Magic circle law firms like Clifford Chance brushing up their act in the US indicates at least one thing – the recession in the legal industry is definitely over, and the market is again growing lucrative.

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