Clifford Chance has narrowed the list of contenders for its next global managing partner to two, with both contenders for the top role being based outside of the U.K. for the first time in the firm’s history.

London structured finance partner Jessica Littlewood is out of the race to replace incumbent Matthew Layton following the second round of voting, leaving the firm’s Continental Europe managing partner Charles Adams, who is based in Milan, and Singapore-based partner Nicholas Wong as the two remaining contenders, according to people at the firm.