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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

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Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cologne, Frankfurt and 10 more

The firm : Cleary Gottlieb is a pioneer in globalizing the legal profession. Since 1946, the firm’s lawyers and staff have worked across practices, industries, jurisdictions and continents to provide clients with simple, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges.

The firm has 16 offices in major financial centers around the world. However, Cleary operates as a single, integrated global partnership, not a US firm with a network of overseas locations. The firm is fluent in the many languages of local and global business, and Cleary’s consistent success in multiple jurisdictions earned Cleary an International Law Firm of the Year award.

The firm employs approximately 1,300 lawyers from more than 50 countries and diverse backgrounds who are admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions. Cleary was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-US lawyers as equal partners around the world.

Areas of practice: With approximately 700 lawyers combined in the firm’s New York and Washington, DC offices, Cleary offers clients robust experience in more than 60 practice areas. All of Cleary’s clients enjoy access to the full resources of its offices and lawyers worldwide, and many of the firm’s US-based attorneys have served in one or more of its international locations.

Cleary’s practices are organized in the following areas:

Corporate: Cleary advises clients on a host of transactional matters that protect and advance their strategic goals. Its lawyers have crafted solutions resulting in a number of first-of-their kind deals, as well as some of the largest, most complex transactions involving cross-border issues. Among other transactional areas, Cleary provides experience in:

  • Capital markets
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Derivatives and structured finance
  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Private equity transactions
  • Private fund formation
  • Privatizations
  • Project finance
  • The myriad corporate governance, intellectual property, executive compensation, tax, and related issues that companies and their boards face

Dispute Resolution: With the increasingly global nature of disputes, Cleary is well-positioned to help clients navigate their most challenging adversarial issues. Firm engagements frequently involve complex legal issues that require novel solutions and cross-border coordination of the firm’s varied resources, allowing Cleary to pair its renowned corporate, regulatory, and financial experience with its litigation prowess. Cleary’s US practice includes 11 former federal prosecutors and several former senior government officials, including the most recent Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC’s Enforcement Division. Cleary handles litigation and arbitration involving a wide variety of issues, such as:

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Derivatives litigation
  • Employment law
  • Executive compensation investment treaties
  • General commercial disputes
  • Intellectual property
  • M&A
  • Securities
  • Sovereign debt
  • White-collar crime

Regulatory: The US and global regulatory landscape is ever-changing, and Cleary lawyers continue to draw upon a breadth of experience to proactively advise clients on emerging issues, as well as respond to increasing regulatory scrutiny related to transactions or in connection with potential risks that can lead to litigation or enforcement action. The firm has significant experience in areas such as:

  • Antitrust
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Environmental law
  • Executive compensation and ERISA
  • Financial institutions
  • International trade
  • Tax

The team includes former senior officials of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as two former General Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and two former General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Industries & Regions: Cleary applies its capabilities in these areas to provide advice and integrated services to governments and clients in a range of industries, including:

  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Energy
  • Financial technology
  • Healthcare, Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Transportation

With its rich history as a preeminent international law firm, Cleary’s US-based lawyers also advise companies based in or doing business in different jurisdictions worldwide. Notably, the firm’s Latin America practice was founded over 55 years ago and today features more than 100 lawyers firm-wide, principally in its New York, Washington, Buenos Aires and São Paulo offices.

  • Number of partners: 190
  • Number of other fee-earners: Approximately 1,300

Above material supplied by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

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