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Managing Partner of Clifford Chance's Sydney office departs
12 February 2016
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The Managing Partner of Clifford Chance's Sydney office and his deputy are both leaving the firm.

MP Mark Pistilli and partner Danny Simmons founded Clifford Chance's Australian presence in 2011 when their firm Chang Pistilli & Simmons joined CC. Pistilli has led Clifford Chance's Sydney office since its inception. However, Diana Chang (the other name above the door at legacy CPS) will now take over as Managing Partner.

It is not entirely clear why Pistilli and Simmons, who are due to depart at the end of June, are leaving. While a source claims that issues arose because the Aussie operation was not generating enough work, a spokesman for Clifford Chance would only say that the pair decided that "the time is right ... to step down to pursue new opportunities".

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Clifford Chance said the duo had "made a valuable contribution" in helping to establish a "strong and growing practice in Australia", illustrated by the fact that Clifford Chance has tripled the number of its lawyers in the country to 70 over the last four years. RollOnFriday asked to see the Sydney office financials for that same period but Clifford Chance said that its policy is not to provide office-specific breakdowns.


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