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Clifford Chance adds partner from HSF

International law firm Clifford Chance has appointed a senior real estate and infrastructure partner from BigLaw rival Herbert Smith Freehills for its Sydney office.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 15 September 2023 Big Law
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Philip Podzebenko has joined Clifford Chance in its corporate practice and is set to add senior capabilities in real estate and infrastructure investments, deepen relationships with private capital investors and strengthen Clifford Chance’s offerings in private equity, energy transition and infrastructure.

He is “one of Australia’s foremost real estate and infrastructure M&A lawyers”, the firm said in a statement, bringing more than two decades of experience advising private capital and strategic investors on real asset merger and acquisition (M&A), public M&A and capital markets transactions.


Mr Podzebenko will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.

He joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he has worked since October 2000.

Speaking about the appointment, Clifford Chance Australian managing partner Richard Gordon said: “The momentum of our corporate practice has contributed significantly to the success of the firm in Australia.

“Philip will be a tremendous addition to the team, broadening our financial investor transactional advice with his deep experience in real estate and infrastructure investments.”

Andrew Crook, who heads up the firm’s Asia-Pacific corporate group, added: “A strategic priority of ours is to deepen our bench strength advising private capital providers, particularly as we continue to see strong investment interest across Australia and Asia in real assets.

“Philip’s first-class expertise and outstanding market reputation are natural complements to our ambitions. Having him join the team is a fantastic outcome for our clients and the firm.”

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