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C Allen Parker

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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C. Allen Parker is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. He has extensive experience in a broad range of finance, banking and related matters, including syndicated loan transactions, acquisition financings and leveraged recapitalizations, as well as extensive experience in a broad range of corporate advisory matters. Mr. Parker’s clients have included JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Covenant House, DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks Studios, Kissinger Associates and Permira.


After a clerkship with Hon. Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Mr. Parker joined Cravath in 1984 and became a partner in 1990. He served as Managing Partner of the Corporate Department from January 2001 to December 2004, as Deputy Presiding Partner from January 2007 to December 2012 and as Head of the Corporate Department from January 2009 to September 2010. In June 2012, Mr. Parker was elected Presiding Partner effective January 1, 2013. He is also the Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Mr. Parker has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s preeminent practitioners in banking and finance by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2015; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2015; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2014; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2015; Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America; IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms from 2011 through 2015; The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers; and PLC Which Lawyer? Recently, Cravath’s banking and finance practice received the highest ranking by Chambers for its “incredible quality of legal advice.”


Mr. Parker is a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the New York City Bar Association, where he served on the Corporation Law Committee from 2009 to 2012. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Columbia University School of Law, the Board of Visitors of the Duke University School of Law and the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center. In addition, Mr. Parker is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic, serves as a Vice Chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Mr. Parker received a B.A. magna cum laude from Duke University in 1977, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1980 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1983, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review.

United States: Finance

Bank lending (including other sources of financing)

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C Allen Parker - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: Bank lending (including other sources of financing)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a superb track record for banking and finance work built around a team of ten highly experienced partners in New York. Michael Goldman heads the market-leading practice, which is often first choice for the largest financial institutions; Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Citigroup are key clients. The firm covers all the bases, including leveraged acquisition finance and investment-grade debt. Its reputation means that it is typically involved in some of the largest deals the market has to offer. A major highlight was advising JP Morgan, Mizuho and Wells Fargo as lead arrangers on a record-breaking $36.4bn bridge credit facility to Actavis linked to its $66bn acquisition of Allergan. The firm also represented Credit Suisse in providing $12bn worth of credit facilities to Zimmer Holdings to finance its acquisition of Biomet. Another highlight was advising Credit Suisse on the financing of Bennu Oil & Gas’ complex $700m acquisition of all the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas assets of ATP Oil & Gas, which was in bankruptcy. Key partners include James Cooper, who is noted for his investment-grade debt advice, as well as Tatiana Lapushchik, Stephen Kessing, B Robbins Kiessling, who is also recommended for sports finance, and firm presiding partner C Allen Parker.

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