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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Michael Goldman

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Michael S. Goldman is Head of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice, and has been described as “one of the smartest, most responsive, and creative lawyers in the leveraged finance business” (Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016 edition). His practice includes complex syndicated loan transactions, acquisition and leveraged finance, asset‑based lending and securities offerings for both U.S. and international clients.


Mr. Goldman joined Cravath in 1987, and from 1989 to 1991 practiced in the Firm’s London office. He became a partner in 1995.

Mr. Goldman has been repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners in banking and finance by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2003 through 2016; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2001 through 2017; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2016; IFLR1000 from 2010 through 2017; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2017; and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, recently participating in a panel discussion on legal trends in the primary loan market at the 2015 annual conference hosted by The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Inc. Mr. Goldman has authored several “Expert View” articles in Practical Law The Journal and his work was also featured in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2011 report.


Mr. Goldman received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 1987, where he was a member of the Law Review.

United States: Finance

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Michael Goldman - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: Commercial lending

Praised for its ‘superlative commitment to client service’, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a well-established position as counsel of choice for banks on complex acquisition financings and investment-grade loans, in which James Cooper has a pre-eminent reputation. Borrower-side deals are also taking up more of the team’s time, with individuals such as corporate managing partner George Zobitz, Stephen Kessing, the ‘outstandingTatiana Lapushchik and Michael Goldman able to sit comfortably on both sides of the negotiating table. On the borrower side, the firm acted for Mylan on the $10bn bridge loan to finance its acquisition of Meda and refinance its existing debt; lender-side highlights included assisting JPMorgan Chase with a $3.6bn loan to finance American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings’ acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group, and advising Goldman Sachs on a $2bn bridging facility to Fortis to finance its acquisition of ITC Holdings.

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