Adrian Cartwright


Clifford Chance
10 Upper Bank Street
London E14 5JJ
United Kingdom

Tel: +442070062774


Adrian Cartwright specialises in equity capital markets including issues of shares and global depositary receipts in the international markets.

Adrian leads the Firm’s European Equity Capital Markets group.

Career & Qualifications

-Richard Taunton College, Southampton 1982
-Buckell University, Pennsylvania, USA 1984
-London School of Economics (LLB, LLM) 1985
-Trainee Solicitor, Linklaters 1990
-Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1992
-Solicitor, Global Securities Group, Linklaters 1992
-Joined Clifford Chance 1999
-Partner since 2002

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Adrian Cartwright is co-head of the European capital markets group. He acted on behalf of JPMorgan in relation to the EUR1.25 billion issuance made by KBC, via an accelerated book build.
Chambers UK, 2014