Clifford Chance hires OMERS infra director

27 March 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

Toby Parkinson has rejoined Clifford Chance as a partner as the law firm shores up its infrastructure team in London following two high profile departures.

Parkinson (pictured) joins Clifford Chance from the OMERS, where he was a director in the legal department, having joined the Canadian pension fund in 2016. Previously he was at Clifford Chance, having begun his career there in 2006 as a trainee and worked in London and Tokyo.

His return to Clifford Chance comes after Brendan Moylan left last year to join US law firm Latham & Watkins and fellow partner Amy Mahon left to join Simpson Thatcher, also a US law firm, earlier this year. 

US law firms have been hiring staff from London-based magic circle law firms such as Clifford Chance recently as they look to expand their European infrastructure capabilities.

Clifford Chance’s London infrastructure team is led by managing partner Michael Bates. Other team members include transportation specialist Paul Carrington and PFI specialist Michael Pearson.

Recent transactions the Clifford Chance infrastructure team has advised on include Infracapital on its acquisition of a 50% stake in SSE’s telecoms arm for up to GBP 380m and the purchase by Dalmore and Equitix of a 33.3% stake in in the rolling stock programme for the Thameslink rail franchise from 3i Infrastructure for GBP 333m.


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