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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Mark Greene

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Mark I. Greene serves as the Head of Cravath’s Corporate Department and as the Leader of its International Practice. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities matters, including advising on cross‑border transactions, private equity deals, complex restructuring transactions, proxy fights, takeover defense, hedge fund activism and global securities offerings.

Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has always managed to maintain a prominent global standing in M&A, despite having more limited coverage and resources than its major international rivals. This is also true for its Latin America practice, which largely centres on the eminent David Mercado, now back in New York after a long stint in London, and a handful of other partners that occasionally advise on transactions in the region. Clients include Banco Santander, Becle (Jose Cuervo) and Grupo Financiero Interacciones. Partner Mark Greene led the team that advised Grupo Financiero Interacciones on its $1.4bn sale to Grupo Financiero Banorte; both are Mexico-based financial services providers. In another major deal involving a Latin American financial institution, Richard Hall led the team that advised Banco Santander on the $528m sale of TotalBank by its subsidiary Banco Popular Español to Chile's Banco de Crédito e Inversiones. Other headline matters included advising Mexico's Becle on its $205m acquisition of the Pendleton Whisky brand assets from Hood River Distillers.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Leading lawyers

Mark Greene - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has maintained a significant market share of big-ticket M&A transactions, despite the relatively small size of its M&A department and the firm's small global presence (with offices in New York and London) compared to other tier one competitors. Its much celebrated rotation system ensures that associates and partners are able to apply their big picture experience and expertise in complex transactions. The firm has a much greater emphasis on strategic corporate acquirers than financial sponsors and private equity houses, compared to many of its natural competitors. It continues to impress in cross-border transactions where it advises both US and foreign multinationals. Clients include AXA, British American Tobacco, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Dutch Shell and The Walt Disney Company. In 2018, the firm advised Time Warner on the completion of its $108.7bn sale to AT&T and advised The Walt Disney Company on its pending $85bn acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox. Moreover, it advised The Linde Group on its immensely complex and pending $70bn merger of equals with Praxair and Barrick Gold on its pending $18.3bn merger with Randgold Resources. The firm has 'super lawyers' with the firm's presiding partner Faiza Saeed further cementing her leading position in the market with a string of headline deals, including the previously mentioned Time Warner and Walt Disney transactions. Richard Hall also continues to impress with his exemplary deal experience, as does Mark Greene and Robert Townsend. Damien Zoubek  is gaining further recognition in the market for advising the likes of Johnson & Johnson in headline transactions, while Keith Hallam, Ting Chen and Aaron Gruber are among those expected to achieve similar prominence in the future.

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