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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

WORLDWIDE PLAZA, 825 EIGHTH AVENUE, 10019-7475, USA
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Work +1 212 474 1000
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Fax +1 212 474 3700
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www.cravath.com
London, NEW YORK

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United States

Founded in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent law firms in the world. Each of its practices is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognized for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the US and throughout the world.

International experience

Cravath is committed to an international practice of the highest quality. Its lawyers regularly advise clients based outside the US on a wide range of international transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets, bank financings and general corporate and SEC compliance matters. The firm represents clients in litigation in US courts and in arbitrations and investigations conducted throughout the world.

Main international areas of practice

Corporate: Cravath’s work with many of the world’s most significant companies has enabled it to develop a broad-based corporate practice. The firm’s corporate lawyers advise companies on a range of M&A transactions, including public and private company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, as well as hostile takeovers and hedge fund activism. Cravath has a highly regarded capital markets practice, representing issuers and investment banks in all types of US and global offerings. The firm’s banking and credit team represents major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multi-currency, multi-jurisdictional financings. Cravath’s tax department develops innovative, tax-efficient structures for complex US and international transactions. The firm provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. Cravath’s IP lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multi-party joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements, and portfolio development and exploitation. The firm’s executive compensation and benefits department advises clients on a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements as well as legal compliance concerns. Cravath’s environmental lawyers work with clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a range of environmental issues. The firm’s trusts and estates department serves as legal counsel to several generations of families who built many of the world’s most important businesses.

Litigation: Cravath’s litigation department is staffed by trial lawyers with broad courtroom experience in complex corporate litigation, including class action and derivative litigation, across all industries. The firm’s litigators are routinely called upon to represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in many other types of proceedings, including internal investigations. The firm has extensive litigation experience in areas such as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, employment, general commercial, IP, M&A, securities, tax and white-collar criminal defense. Companies, boards and board committees regularly rely on the firm to handle contested transactions and guide them through the intricacies of shareholder litigation and investigations. In addition to handling antitrust litigation, the firm advises on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws and represents clients in securing regulatory approvals. With respect to IP, the firm handles critical litigation involving trade secrets, patents, copyright and trade marks in industries as wide-ranging as technology, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. Cravath also frequently advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy and the identification of IP assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes. In the area of securities litigation, the firm is widely recognized for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases on behalf of issuers, financial institutions and audit firms.

  • Number of Partners: 83
  • Number of Lawyers: 507

Latin America

Founded in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognized as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of its practices is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognized for their commitment to the representation of their clients' interests in Latin America and throughout the world.

Cravath regularly represents international clients across numerous industries in a full range of public and private corporate transactions, both friendly and hostile. A significant component of the firm's work involves private equity funds. Structuring complex cross-border merger and acquisition transactions has historically been a significant part of the firm's Latin American practice and Cravath is often tapped for the largest and most sophisticated transactions in the region. Its lawyers also advise boards of directors and special committees, helping them navigate the myriad issues involved in complex transactions and conflicts of interest. Cravath's tax department designs sophisticated, tax-efficient structures and works to capture the benefits of differences in the tax law in different jurisdictions. The firm's executive compensation and benefits lawyers advise clients in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements, as well as legal compliance concerns. Its environmental lawyers work with clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a broad range of environmental issues. Cravath's intellectual property lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multi-party joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements and portfolio development and exploitation.

Cravath has extensive experience advising on a broad range of capital markets and banking and credit matters. Its capital markets lawyers represent both issuers and investment banks in all types of domestic and global offerings. The firm's banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multi-currency, multi-jurisdictional financings.

Companies facing their most important and challenging cases and transactions due to bankruptcy, restructuring or reorganization often rely upon Cravath's deep understanding of the business dynamics involved in finance and restructuring. The firm has significant experience handling litigation related to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and board members of distressed companies, disputes arising out of lender claims, alleged breaches of contract and alleged fraudulent conveyances. Its lawyers also have significant experience in debtor-in-possession (DIP) and 'exit' financing, advising independent directors and boards of directors, distressed and bankruptcy M&A (including Section 363 transactions), as well as municipal and sovereign restructuring.

Clients turn to Cravath to handle their most significant and sensitive disputes and investigations across a broad range of practice areas and industries. Cravath advises corporations, boards and executives in significant white-collar defense and regulatory enforcement matters, government and internal investigations, and monitorships around the globe involving a variety of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and foreign anti-corruption laws, trade sanctions and export controls, accounting fraud, antitrust, insider trading, tax evasion, cyber intrusion and money laundering. The firm also assists clients in conducting fact-finding exercises with respect to shareholder demands and advises on compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures. Its investigations team includes attorneys who have spent portions of their careers at US government agencies.

Cravath's litigation department is staffed by trial lawyers with broad courtroom experience in complex litigation across all industries in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, general commercial, intellectual property, M&A, securities and white collar. The firm's litigators routinely represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in many other types of proceedings, including investigations.

Along with governments and multinational institutions, the firm handles transactions and matters involving some of the world's best known companies and financial institutions, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Axtel, Banco Santander R?o, Casa Cuervo, Celulosa Arauco, Cemex, Coteminas, CSN, E-CL, Enel, Grupo Gigante, Grupo Lamosa, Grupo Modelo, JBS, Jose Cuervo, Magnesita Refrat?rios, Office Depot de M?xico, Republic of Argentina, Sadia and YPF, among others. In recent years, Cravath has participated in matters involving companies based in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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  • Total staff: 486

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