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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 someone who “truly loves his craft – a fantastic all‑around lawyer” (Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018 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 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2001 through 2018; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2017; IFLR1000 from 2010 through 2018; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2018; 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

Commercial lending

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Michael Goldman - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: Commercial lending

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a first-class commercial lending team where the partners are equally comfortable representing lenders as well as corporate borrowers. The retirement of James Cooper is a major changing of the guard, not just for the firm, but for the industry as a whole. Nevertheless, the team has enough quality in its ranks to make up for it, including corporate managing partner Jed Zobitz, banking head Michael Goldman, Tatiana Lapushchik, Stephen Kessing, Joseph Zavaglia, and Paul Zumbro. On the lender side, the firm advised JPMorgan Chase on the $2bn-plus financing of American Axle & Manufacturing’s acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group. The firm also represented aircraft leasing company AerCap on a $3.745bn four-year revolving credit facility arranged by Citibank.

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