Clifford Chance has announced that Neil Evans will be re-joining the firm in January 2022 as a private equity partner based in London.
Having originally practised at Clifford Chance, and then Simpson Thacher Bartlett,
Evans rejoins from Mayer Brown’s private equity practice having advised on transactions with a range of clients, including Blackstone, KKR and Bain Capital.
The firm said the appointment reflects its “continued investment” in its global private equity practice. Clifford Chance has over 700 private equity lawyers globally and the team supports clients throughout the world’s major financial centres and emerging markets.
It said added recent highlights for the practice include advising on Clayton, Dubilier and Rice’s bid for Wm Morrison Supermarkets; KKR and Roompot on the envisaged acquisition of Landal GreenParks from Platinum Equity; Cinven on the acquisition of a majority stake in True Potential, a wealth management company and Blackstone on the public takeover of NIBC Bank.
Global head of Private Equity, Jonny Myers, said: “Holistic, high quality and commercially-focused experience and insight has been at the heart of our private equity practice since we began working alongside the pioneers of the industry.
“Now more than ever, this is what the sector needs, and Neil Evans will play a key role ensuring that we remain best placed to support private equity as it plays a transformative role in the global economy. I am delighted to welcome home Neil Evans, and we look forward to continuing our success together.”
Evans added: “Returning to Clifford Chance feels like coming home. Having had a great start to my career at the firm, I am excited to be able to bring the benefit of my experiences in the wider industry back to work alongside familiar faces.
“A pioneer in the sector, Clifford Chance has enviable European and global capabilities, and I look forward to working hand in hand with my new colleagues and clients on the investments that will shape the future.”