Firm Profile > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
WORLDWIDE PLAZA
825 EIGHTH AVENUE
10019-7475
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is heavily involved in high-profile antitrust litigation across all industries and well equipped to handle antitrust trials. The team covers the entire litigation spectrum from single plaintiff suits to consumer class actions on a domestic or international scale and also handles antitrust issues at the intersection of intellectual property and securities. Department head Christine Varney as well as the entire US antitrust team is based in New York. Bet-the-company cases are often tried by chairman Evan Chesler, who is frequently retained by clients for paramount antitrust litigation. The eminent Peter Barbur assists with a range of novel antitrust issues such two-sided markets and vertical merger challenges. Kevin Orsini is also of particular note, for instance for his continued representation of American Express including briefings, depositions and witness preparation. Combining antitrust with his commercial litigation and intellectual property practice, Yonatan Even adds to the firm's bench.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (a Johnson & Johnson company)

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

American Express Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield Members

Morgan Stanley

Mylan

Nomura International plc

Novartis

Qualcomm Incorporated

Sabre Holdings Corporation

Warner Media, LLC

Westpac

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 1

A true leader in the field, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represents major investment banks, large regional banks and many other clients in major antitrust-related cases, class actions and a whole host of other critical regulatory disputes. In particular, the team is one of the strongest players in RMBS litigation, an area where Lauren Moskowitz has represented Credit Suisse in over 50 cases over the last few years. In one recent highlight, Richard Clary represented Credit Suisse in the final and successful conclusion of all litigation related to Enron. Daniel Slifkin (an expert in antitrust claims in the financial services space) is representing Morgan Stanley in a series of claims against it alleging collusion to restrain competition by preventing the development of anonymous exchange trading of various complex financial products. Also recommended is Evan Chesler, who has particular expertise defending payment companies in claims arising from alleged breaches of the Sherman Act.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Slifkin; Richard Clary

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Express Company

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

GreenSky

Morgan Stanley

Nomura International

Westpac Banking

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Fielding a deep bench of 'highly qualified, creative attorneys', Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP maintains its reputation as a go-to firm for some of the most complex, high-profile commercial litigation in the country. In recent highlights, Kevin Orsini and Benjamin Gruenstein secured a victory for new client Occidental Petroleum before Delaware Chancery Court against a shareholder following the company's $57bn acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum. In another industry-defining engagement, chairman and star trial attorney Evan Chesler led a team in California federal court representing Qualcomm in its long-running multibillion dollar battle with Apple, ultimately securing a widely publicized global settlement in April 2019. Other leading practitioners include David Marriott and Lauren Moskowitz, who are representing Alcon laboratories in Florida federal court against antitrust class action allegations. Lauren Kennedy, already prominent in talc tort litigation for Colgate-Palmolive, made partner in January 2019. Partners newly elected in January 2020 focusing on general commercial litigation are Michael Addis, Justin Clarke and Lauren Rosenberg.

Other key lawyers:

Evan Chesler; David Marriott; Lauren Moskowitz; Kevin Orsini; Rory Leraris; Darin McAtee; Omid Nasab; Daniel Slifkin; Benjamin Gruenstein; Wesley Earnhardt; Vanessa Lavely; Katherine Forrest

Testimonials

The attorneys at Cravath could work at any firm in the world. They choose to be at Cravath for the quality of the work, the clients, their partners and their associates. They know that they are expected to be the most capable, most creative, most talented and most dedicated team in any situation. They are trained in an apprentice environment, refined in the fire of live commercial situations as soon as is practicable and will always face numerous attorneys on the other side of the table. When it really matters, I want a Cravath lawyer.

The firm as a whole provides excellent, business-focused advice for managing and resolving commercial disputes. They have an amazing ability to pull the facts together in short order to produce a highly trusted outcome.

The team is completely dedicated to getting the right result for their clients. They are highly qualified, creative attorneys.’

Dave Marriott had total mastery of the facts of the case. Although the central issues were simple, the amount of facts amassed during a lengthy litigation was quite extensive. Dave had even the smallest detail at his fingertips at all times. He was also impressively facile during oral arguments. His argument before the NY Court of Appeals was far superior to his opponent’s performance. Lauren Moskowitz joined the team during the trial preparation phase of the case. She demonstrated an amazing ability to master the facts in a short span of time. She also proved very adept in settlement negotiations.

The attorneys I have worked with at Cravath are not only at the very high end of the spectrum with respect to creativity, intelligence and talent, but are beyond reproach with respect to personal and professional integrity and transparency with clients. Given my choice of any attorneys in the world, I’d be represented by Faiza Saeed in an M&A deal, Richard Hall in a financing or David Marriott in any complex litigation matter. With any of these individuals, I would have zero hesitation regarding advice, attention or strategy.

Evan Chesler, Wes Earnhardt and Damien Zoubek are all exceptional.’

Key clients

Alcon

AngloGold Ashanti

Avon Products

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

IBM

NCR

Occidental Petroleum

Palantir Technologies

PG&E Corporation

Qualcomm

Tesla Board of Directors

The Williams Companies

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Evan Chesler - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 'Very well respected'  trial lawyer Evan Chesler acts for large corporations in a huge variety of trials and investigations, including major antitrust cases, securities cases and IP disputes. Recently he achieved success in the long-running patent dispute Apple Inc. v Qualcomm Incorporated (2019), in which he represented Qualcomm. Among his ongoing mandates, Chesler is retained by PG&E Corporation in over 145 lawsuits brought by various classes of claimants seeking damages as a result of the company's alleged negligence which plaintiffs assert caused the California North Bay Fires in 2017 and the 2018 campfire.

Richard Clary - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Richard Clary has experience in a wide range of areas, including securities, antitrust, bankruptcy and intellectual property. Over the last 17 years, he has acted as lead counsel to Credit Suisse in a number of high-stakes cases arising from Enron's collapse; this has included an appellate victory in the $40bn Enron class action. Acting for Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, Clary recently won dismissals of claims seeking hundreds of millions in compensation for alleged misrepresentations and common law fraud relating to the failed 2008 Hexion and Huntsman merger.

Testimonials

‘A real talent.’ 

‘Excellent.’

‘Terrific.’ 

Key clients

Mylan Laboratories

PG&E Corporation

Qualcomm Incorporated

Sabre Holdings Corporation

Tesla Board of Directors

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

'The team is simply first-class', says a client of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York who remarks that 'the depth of analysis, the dedication and the energy that they put in to defending their clients is outstanding'. The firm has built its reputation with success in high-stakes, multi-district deal-related litigation, including corporate governance matters, the defense of company independence against activist shareholders, breach of contract and fiduciary duty allegations, challenges to shareholder rights plans and disclosure issues under state and federal laws. Its recent work includes high-stakes matters for Tesla's board of directors, Credit Suisse and AngloGold Ashanti. 'It is a pleasure to work with such a dynamic, cohesive team, whose client interactions leave you feeling understood, reassured and in safe hands', says a client who recommends lead partner Gary Bornstein. Veteran litigator Robert Baron has been a key player in major commercial cases brought as individual and class actions in the federal and state courts for the last 37 years. Kevin Orsini is also recommended for securities, anti-trust and M&A litigation. Up-and-coming partner Rory Leraris is also making her mark in complex deal-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Robert Baron; Gary Bornstein

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team at Cravath is simply first class. The depth of their analysis, dedication and the energy that they put in to defending their clients is outstanding. They really do go above and beyond.

The team is able to understand the broader commercial considerations concerning its clients and can flex its style, work with cross-functional teams and foster good working relationships with other law firms brought in to advise on discreet points, to ensure that the job they are delivering is uniquely tailored to the businesses individuals needs.

Gary Bornstein should be individually credited for his standout performance. Gary, as lead partner, sets an excellent, collaborative tone with his team that fosters an excellent team spirit and drives his lawyers to excel, with excellent results.’

It is a pleasure to work with such a dynamic, cohesive team, whose client interactions leave you feeling understood, reassured and in safe hands.

Key clients

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Avon Products

Blount International

British American Tobacco

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Pinnacle Foods

Precision Castparts

Qualcomm Incorporated

Tesla Board of Directors

The Williams Companies

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York is renowned for its representation of corporate defendants as well as individual officers and directors in class actions and large individual actions. It is particularly noted for its work for underwriters, with its successes in mortgage-backed securities cases for Credit Suisse among its many highlights, though it also acts for large corporates in industries such as healthcare, retail, technology and media. Its recent work includes significant wins and the establishment of important precedents in mega-deal litigation, traditional securities fraud litigation, cases arising from the credit crisis and regulatory enforcement matters on behalf of issuers, financial institutions and audit firms The practice led by head of litigation Daniel Slifkin counts leading names in its ranks, including market veteran Richard ClaryAntony Ryan who focuses on accountants’ liability and securities litigation, and Karin DeMasi, whose experience encompasses class actions, derivative litigation and SEC investigations. Up-and-coming partner Lauren Moskowitz is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Slifkin

Testimonials

Karin Demasi is an excellent litigator.  She has a strong court presence and is always thoughtful and prepared. Lauren Kennedy is also quite good.  I have work collaboratively with them in a highly complex multibillion-dollar securities class action.  They are able to distill issues and have strong judgment.

Karin DeMasi has excellent judgment.  She is able to strongly advocate for her clients.  She is also always very prepared and is top-notch.

Newly promoted partner  Lauren Kennedy is also very strong.  She is a good writer and is always responsive.

Key clients

Akorn

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Avon Products

Big Lots

Blount International

Chemed Corporation

Credit Suisse

El Pollo Loco

First Solar

GreenSky

GTT Communications

Mylan N.V.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Reynolds American

Tesla Board of Directors

UTi Worldwide

Vista Outdoor

The Williams Companies

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is held up by sources as ‘one of the top three firms in the investment grade space’. From its New York base, the group regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in high-end work, including both registered and private offerings of debt and convertible securities. The group is a particularly popular choice for large-scale, event-driven offerings connected to acquisition and spin-off transactions. In a recent example, financing practice co-head Craig Arcella paired up with Nicholas Dorsey  to advise Occidental Petroleum Corporation on its $13bn public debt issuance to support its headline acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Andrew Pitts is ‘at the top of his game’ and heads the capital markets practice for North America; he has deep experience in advising issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings, particularly in the financial institutions, insurance, natural resources and transportation sectors. Additional senior contacts include Stephen Burns and William Fogg, who both co-head the financing practice alongside Arcella. Among the up-and-coming names, Scott Bennett had a strong recent run on the underwriter side, which saw him co-lead advice to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and RBC Capital Markets, among others — he also represents issuers. Johnny Skumpija is also an increasingly prominent figure in the capital markets space. William Whelan retired in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Craig Arcella; Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Andrew Pitts

Testimonials

‘Cravath is one of the top three firms in this space. They sit at the top of the market.’

Incredibly well versed in the intricacies of Bermuda regulatory capital and best practices within debt capital market transactions.’

Very responsive and highly diligent in ensuring everything is in order prior to a deal announcement.’

Andrew Pitts is best in class — highly competent and immediately responsive. Very practical when it comes to finding a solution that works for all parties (issuer, investors and underwriters).

Andrew Pitts is at the top of his game.’

Key clients

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

PNC

Wells Fargo

AerCap

Brunswick

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

Crown Castle

Disney

Hasbro

IBM

Lazard

Mylan

Occidental Petroleum

Olin

Parker Hannifin

Rogers Communications

Shell

Toll Brothers

WestRock

Weyerhaeuser

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

A respected name globally for capital markets, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is involved in deals throughout the globe from its platforms in New York and London — both offices exclusively practice US law. A regular fixture on both underwriter and issuer mandates, the New York-based group is particularly prolific on the debt side, where it leverages the wider firm’s dominant finance practice and close institutional relationships with lenders to excel in complex offerings. The firm also advises on IPOs, secondary equity offerings and sovereign debt deals, while its transactional expertise is supported by a robust regulatory capability. Craig Arcella co-heads the financing practice and represents financial institutions and corporate clients on a range of investment grade, high-yield and convertible bond offerings, liability management transactions and equity transactions. Andrew Pitts heads the capital markets team for North America and advises issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings, with a strong record in the financial services, natural resources and transport areas. Scott Bennett is an increasingly prominent name for global offerings and is noted for his broad sector and product experience. Stephen Burns and William Fogg also co-head the financing practice and are both recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo

AerCap

GasLog

Novartis

Rogers Communications

Shell

Finance > Commercial lending

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a top-notch reputation for representing some of the market's largest financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan on a broad variety of lending mandates. These range from leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings, to spin offs, recapitalizations and restructurings. The firm's expertise on the borrower side has also been demonstrated through some of the largest transactions and financings of the past year, including complex debtor-in-possession work, all of which typically have a major cross-border element. The New York-based team has a more generalist ethos than most of its rivals, and its key lawyers are typically comfortable advising lenders and borrowers, including major private equity funds. Among these, Michael Goldman, George Zobitz, Tatiana Lapushchik, Stephen Kessing, and Joseph Zavaglia all enjoy excellent reputations.

Practice head(s):

Michael Goldman; George Zobitz; Stephen Kessing

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very proactive. Expertise on the legal issues. Good ability to think about the business issues as well as always meeting deadlines’

‘They work well as a team and have excellent associates. Unparalleled experience in other deals. Ability to wear the hat of the client and not just go strictly by the law. Excellent ability to deal with bank counsels and solve issues on the side of their clients’

Key clients

Alliance Laundry

Cable ONE

Disney

Ferroglobe

Fortress

Hasbro

IBM

INEOS

J.M. Huber

Mylan

Occidental

Olin

Parker Hannifin

Vista Outdoor

WestRock

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

The environmental practice group at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides legal support to a range of corporate clients and financial institutions on the full scope of environmental issues arising in business transactions. In line with the firm's reputation, the team routinely advises on complex transactional work, including secured lending and acquisition financing, equity and debt offerings, IPOs, and M&A and divestitures. Other areas of activity for the New York-based team include assisting clients with post-closing obligations as well as mandatory and voluntary disclosures relating to climate change. Department head Matthew Morreale has expertise in a number of highly-regulated sectors, such as oil and gas, chemical refining, telecoms, heavy manufacturing and power generation, to name just a few. Morreale is also experienced in the environmental issues relating to periodic reporting obligations under securities laws. Annmarie Terraciano is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morreale

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Avon

Buckeye

Disney

Johnson & Johnson

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Occidental Petroleum

Parker Hannifin

Peabody Energy

Sappi

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

The New York-based practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP solely represents commercial clients and, despite the modest team size, is known for handling the employee benefits elements of some of the largest M&A transactions on the global market. Prevalent sectors include entertainment, pharmaceuticals, energy, mining and construction. Practice head Eric Hilfers, the ‘incredibly smartJennifer Conway and Jonathan Katz routinely advise household name clients – from The Walt Disney Company to Unilever – on the structuring of senior executive compensation arrangements, ESOPs, succession arrangements and golden parachute negotiations. The wide-ranging knowledge of the team encompasses the relevant securities law, disclosure requirements (including for annual proxy statements) and tax-related considerations. Alongside the roster of big-ticket employers, the team also represents high-profile senior management teams throughout corporate transactions. Other regular mandates involve advising on joint ventures and $1bn+ minority equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Eric Hilfers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Cravath team is thorough, provides practical options and solutions and builds trust from its client.  As a senior in-house attorney, I knew I could rely on Cravath and our executives knew that we had obtained top advice.

The team worked extraordinarily hard to meet our needs and timing. They also are great at explaining complex matters.

Extremely knowledgeable across strategic and tactical issues with a very pragmatic & common-sense approach to problem solving.

Jennifer Conway is incredibly smart. She exudes competence and confidence in a calm and caring manner. She and her team are thorough but don’t get lost in the weeds. She manages her team to complete extraordinary amounts of work in short time frames. She is able to find solutions to complex issues and is effective at negotiating with opposing counsel as well as briefing compensation committees.

Eric Hilfers is an outstanding lawyer and human being- very follow-up oriented; always on time; has an absolute focus on the right outcomes and processes; extremely knowledgeable across strategic and tactical issues; has a very pragmatic & common-sense approach to problem solving; excellent business sense; outstanding technical capabilities.

Key clients

Barrick

Disney

Hasbro

IBM

INEOS

Johnson & Johnson

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Occidental Petroleum

Unilever

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a major presence in headline M&A, and is regarded by some as a 'go-to' firm for large, complex, strategic transactions. The M&A practice is jointly headed by the highly-regarded combination of Faiza SaeedMark GreeneRobert Townsend III, and Richard Hall, with each lawyer playing a key role in the firm's transactional highlight reel over the past year. Standout mandates are undoubtedly those from Disney, encompassing almost $100bn in deals relating to the client's acquisition of Fox and related divestments. The Disney transactions serve as a key example of the firm's capabilities in high-value and complex international transactions, though the team has had equally impressive showings in the energy, minerals, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. Another 'outstanding' partner is Damien Zoubek, who is acting as a lead counsel alongside Saeed and Keith Hallam in relation to Viacom's upcoming $30bn merger with CBS. Of note, the combination of mandates from Viacom and Disney has seen the firm play a major role in two of the headline transactions in media and entertainment in the past year. Ting Chen has been especially active in retail-sector transactions, while Aaron Gruber and Thomas Dunn are playing key roles on behalf of Mylan in the pending $50bn combination with Pfizer subsidiary Upjohn. The team is also impressively versatile, with lawyers experienced in corporate advisory work, shareholder activism, and hostile takeover defense, producing a well-rounded service across all possible M&A-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed; Mark Greene; Robert Townsend III; Richard Hall

Testimonials

Talking quietly but carrying a very big stick. Extremely discreet action, extremely efficient.

The Cravath team is always going to be my “go-to” team when it comes to large, complex and/or strategic transactions. Like many firms who practice M&A, they surely know the latest legal, regulatory and contractual issue. But, two things set them apart from the rest: (1) they go to great pains to understand your business, why the deal is strategically important, and then actually reflect that in their work; (2) their practical and pragmatic approach. Their approach feels very curated. It’s not a “rinse and repeat” M&A practice where each deal looks the same. They understand that deals are done for different reasons and that, naturally, that changes the strategy and approach to the deal. In the end, this results in a better deal.

Damien Zoubek’s work is outstanding and always on-point. But more important than just getting the papers right is his ability to understand that every deal is different, that the motivations for each deal are different, that the players involved are different, and that the desired outcomes may be different. His ability to pivot, adjust and narrowly tailor each deal to a different set of circumstances is simply better than everyone else. Moreover, even in the most tense situations and the long hours, Damien always finds a way to make the client feel that every deal is extremely personal to him. 

Extraordinary effort that deal team put into matter, very commercial approach based on first class legal skills and market knowledge.

Superhuman performance skills.

Cravath lawyers provide excellent advice targeted to your business and needs. They are always available and listen attentively to our requirements.

Our relationship partners really know our M&A requirements inside and out – many times even better than we know ourselves. Partners provide practical, expert advice in a timely fashion. Our definitive agreements reflect our requirements and Cravath really fights for our positions and interests.

Highly skilled practitioners with the ability to implement the most complex structures but distil them in a sensible form for less-seasoned client personnel and counterparties. Attention to detail that makes finding a drafting issue a bit of a ‘needle in a haystack’ exercise. 

Aaron Gruber is one of the most-technically proficient M&A practitioners I have worked with or opposite. He responds to challenging scenarios in real-time based on a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the deal and prior deals with the same client. Associate work quality often rivals that of partners at other firms.

Key clients

Amazon.com

Ashland

Avon

AXA

Barrick

Deutsche Börse

Disney

Fortress

Frontier Communications

Hasbro

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

Linde

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Novartis

Occidental Petroleum

Pinnacle Foods

RELX

Stanley Black & Decker

Unilever

Viacom

WarnerMedia

WestRock

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 1

Based out of New York, the team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP primarily assists major telecoms and broadcasting companies with high-value mergers and acquisitions, banking and credit matters, capital markets transactions, and other complex financing transactions. Together with the firm's corporate practice, it is assisting Disney regarding its pending $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Practice head Robert Townsend is a vastly experienced M&A transaction specialist, while Johnny Skumpija focuses on capital markets transactions. Faiza Saeed and George Schoen are key contacts for clients in the broadcasting and content delivery space. Financing specialist Tatiana Lapushchik and capital markets expert William Fogg are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Robert Townsend III

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cable ONE

CommScope

Crown Castle

CyrusOne

Disney

Frontier Communications

Naspers

QUALCOMM

Rogers Communications

Viacom (Transaction Committee)

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Clients know they are 'in good hands' with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. The tax team works in conjunction with one of New York's leading corporate departments, and is thus consistently involved in the market's largest and, from a tax perspective, most complex cross-border transactions. Roughly a quarter of the firm's clients are based outside the US, and many of the firm's domestic US clients have a significant international presence. In 2019, Lauren Angelilli was named co-head of the firm's tax department, alongside Stephen Gordon. Angelilli recently advised Occidental on its sale of African assets to Total, and Gordon handled multibillion-dollar transactions for Buckeye, Novartis and Mylan, among others. Other names to note are Andrew Needham and Leonard Teti, both of whom have been singled out by clients and have co-led multibillion-dollar deals alongside Gordon; and Christopher Fargo and Kara Mungovan, two standout lawyers on the more junior end of the partnership. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gordon; Lauren Angelilli

Testimonials

The Cravath corporate tax team is consistently of high caliber, high quality work product, accountable and responsive to client requests, and easy to work with. We have worked with Mike Schler for over 40 years. He is a uniquely talented individual with great tax intellect and experience. There is also a well-defined sense of right and wrong and not crossing a line with improper tax planning. We have had good experience with other partners, for example, Andy Needham and various tax associates on M&A deals.’

Everyone at Cravath is very smart, incisive, thorough, practical, and client-oriented. The entire team possesses technical mastery and communicates succinctly and lucidly. I’m always confident of an excellent outcome for the company when Cravath is involved. You’re in good hands with Cravath.’

Len Teti is very smart, thorough, practical and solution oriented. No issue is ever missed. Len is always available when I need him, communicates extremely well and is a zealous advocate for our company.’

Kara Mungovan is very smart, thorough and extremely pleasant to deal with. She never misses an issue.’

Steve Gordon is one of the deans of the tax practice. He is a superb communicator. Steve is the man with the silver tongue.’

Key clients

Amazon.com

Avon

Barrick

Disney

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

Mylan

Novartis

Occidental Petroleum

Unilever

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

The team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is known for 'providing practical solutions to complex issues'. At the helm are two leaders in their field: Stephen Gordon and Lauren Angelilli. The pair has deep-seated experience in major M&A, spin-offs, joint ventures, restructurings, and other corporate transactions. Of particular note in the past year, Angelilli acted as one of the lead tax counsels to Disney in connection to its $85bn acquisition of Fox and its $10.6bn sale of the Fox Regional Sports Networks. Also recommended are Andrew Needham, whose practice focuses on REIT taxation, private equity fund formation and partnership taxation, and the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Leonard Teti, who advises clients on the tax aspects of strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Christopher Fargo is active in the energy, transportation and healthcare sectors, where he advises clients on the tax aspects of M&A, reorganizations and securities offerings. All listed attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gordon; Lauren Angelilli

Testimonials

‘The tax lawyers at CS&M are always available and client focused. They provide practical solutions to complex issues and always back their advice with sound legal authority. The team is very attentive to the details in a transaction document and ensuring the client receives the best possible work product.’

‘Cravath’s Tax team has a deep understanding of the technical tax rules and couples that with an appreciation for the practical implementation of those rules which is essential for its clients.’

‘The tax partners at Cravath are all enjoyable to work with and friendly. Each partner has their own unique manner of addressing client issues and negotiating style but are equally effective and proficient with the technical tax analysis.’

‘Len Teti is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. He draws on his vast experience to provide clients with practical advice.’

Key clients

Amazon.com

Avon

Barrick

Disney

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

Mylan

Novartis

Occidental Petroleum

Unilever

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Antitrust practitioners at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP enhance their merger control practice with extensive experience of other areas of law. The department represents corporate, financial institutions and their boards of directors on various types of corporate transactions including dispositions. Both key individuals of this practice are located in New York: group leader Christine Varney formulates antitrust strategies for business transactions and potential investments. Focusing on transactional matters and regulatory approval, Margaret Segall D’Amico handles antitrust clearance procedures for numerous transactions. The team's client portfolio covers a wide array of sectors including transportation, telecommunications, cable, media, healthcare, retail, technology, manufacturing and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Segall D’Amico

Testimonials

‘The team has all the technical expertise and intellectual horsepower to distil the toughest issues, while also being able to explain the issues in terms that non-legal business people understand and internalize.’

‘Top-notch intellect combined with excellent client service.’

Key clients

Hasbro, Inc.

INEOS Enterprises Group Limited

J.D. Power

Mylan

New Media Investment Group Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Orbotech Ltd.

Peabody Energy Corporation

Pinnacle Foods

Pitney Bowes Inc.

RELX Group

Unilever

U.S. Foods

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP houses a full-service capital markets group, which leverages the wider firm’s premier finance and corporate practices to advise on a broad range of IPOs, secondary offerings and equity-linked offerings. The New York-based group routinely advises both issuers and underwriters, with its close banking relationships a particularly prominent feature of the practice. William Fogg co-heads the financing practice and regularly advises companies and investment banks on public and private offerings. Andrew Pitts heads the capital markets practice for North America and brings to bear strong experience in the financial institutions, insurance, natural resources and transportation spheres. Scott Bennett continues to strengthen his profile in the capital markets area and is also recommended. Additional contacts include financing co-heads Stephen Burns and Craig Arcella.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Scott Bennett; Nicholas Dorsey; Michael Mariani

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of capital markets.

Able to provide specific and detailed guidance taking into account current interpretation/implementation of regulations which comes close to being a regulator’s view of the rules.’

The team provides high-quality work and is always available.’

Key clients

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo

CyrusOne

Evolent Health

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors

GasLog

Hasbro

Novartis

Occidental Petroleum

Scientific Games

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is regularly sought after by underwriters to advise on high-yield debt transactions, with a string of recent representations for major banks such as Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Although not as prolific on the company side, the firm does house a far-reaching issuer-side practice that represents first-time issuers, investment banks and financial sponsors on high-yield deals. Key contacts in the New York-based group include sector specialist Craig Arcella, who co-heads the financing practice and advises financial institutions and corporate clients in high-yield debt deals. William Fogg co-heads the financing practice and is well versed in both public and private issuances, as well as corporate governance issues. Joseph Zavaglia is a generalist corporate lawyer, who advises on a significant volume of high-yield deals — for both issuers and underwriters. Johnny Skumpija is also recognized for his involvement in high-yield work and he brings to bear strong industry experience in the telecoms and technology spheres. North America capital markets head Andrew Pitts and financing co-head Stephen Burns are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors

Olin

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

As part of its leading corporate practice, New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is involved in several big-ticket M&A matters for media and entertainment clients, including transactions which have fundamentally changed the shape of the current media landscape in the US. Most notably, the firm acted for Disney in its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox for $85bn, which had been subject to an interloper bid by Comcast. Additionally, the firm was again instructed by Disney to handle the related divestments of former Fox assets, such as the $10.6bn sale of Fox college Sports and 21 regional sports networks to Sinclair Broadcast Group, and the $3.4bn sale of its equity interest in the YES Network to an investment group including Sinclair and the New York Yankees. Presiding partner Faiza Saeed chairs the practice and is a key figure in the firm's work for Disney, along with George Schoen and Allison Wein.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed

Other key lawyers:

Ting Chen

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Viacom

WarnerMedia

Hasbro

New Media

Naspers

Technicolor

Scientific Games

Graham Holdings

Rogers Communications

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

Noted for its ability to 'put together incredibly strong teams', New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is a go-to firm for handling government and internal investigations, regulatory compliance and white-collar defense for a wide variety of corporate clients. Core areas of expertise include matters relating to FCPA, cyber crime, insider trading, tax evasion and potential executive misconduct. Lawyers also regularly assist with responses to whistleblower claims. The white-collar group, contained within the litigation department, is jointly led by John Buretta, whom clients state 'exudes calm and authority, just what clients need in times of crisis'; 'impressive litigator' and FCPA, FCA and accounting fraud expert Rachel SkaistisBenjamin Gruenstein, who is adept in cross-border investigations; and David Stuart, who can 'calm down situations when needed'. David Greenwald is another stand-out practitioner, and has experience representing Swiss banks in criminal investigations initiated by the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Skaistis; John Buretta; Benjamin Gruenstein; David Stuart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Full dedication to the client and his problems, combined with proactive advice.

Cravath can put together incredible strong teams with both partners, senior associates and junior associates that fits the need of the project and also change and revise as the project develops.

David Greenwald is a brilliant strategist who handles with tact and intelligence complex issues. He is particularly good on marathon litigations that run over an extended period of time.

John Buretta stands out. Creative, engaged, and incredibly well-respected by government prosecutors.

John Buretta exudes calm and authority, just what clients need in times of crisis.

Rachel Skaitis brought essential skills as an impressive litigation lawyer that handled very complex and comprehensive presentations and arguments in an outstanding way.

David Stuart provided not only high-level expertise and impressive litigation and negotiation skills, but also brings very strong personal skills and could calm down situations when needed

Key clients

SBM Offshore

Telia Company

Board of Directors of General Electric Company and its Committees

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation

WarnerMedia

Qualcomm

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP fields a wide-ranging caseload that is diverse in sectors and varied in the type of work undertaken. The consumer products, life sciences, IT, industrials and chemical sectors are core focus areas of the group and with all practitioners having undergone extensive training in handling different types of IP and different types of matters, such as disputes, transactions, and antitrust, the team offers outstanding expertise for complex patent litigation. The group is well versed in domestic and cross-border work, including in the supervision and coordination of disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. In addition to its extensive trial experience, the practice also impresses with its corporate IP practice, covering portfolio development, exploitation and protection as well as strategic advice in the context of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and due diligence work. The key contacts are Keith Hummel, Richard StarkDavid Marriott and David Greenwald. Lauren Kennedy made partner in 2019 and Sharonmoyee Goswami made partner in 2020. The firm is based in New York, with a transatlantic office in London.

Testimonials

An excellent litigation group with excellent associates.

The Cravath team is just the best. They approach the case by not only focusing on the litigation, but providing a comprehensive business solution.

They provide top-tier representation for bet-the-company patent infringement or defense matters.

David Greenwald is a superstar and provides excellent client service. He is smart, efficient, and always thinks ahead.

Key clients

Alarm.com

Amgen

DRI Capital

Mylan Laboratories

OrbusNeich Medical

Qualcomm Incorporated

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's shareholder activism defense team is an important part of the firm's top-tier M&A practice. The practice group represents clients in shareholder disputes arising out of corporate transactions, recent examples of which include acting for Occidental in relation to Carl Icahn's consent solicitation, which arose out of Occidental's takeover of Anadarko Petroleum. Keith Hallam is key contact in the area of activism defense. The wider corporate practice is led by Faiza Saeed, Mark Greene, Robert Townsend III, and Richard Hall. All are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed; Mark Greene; Robert Townsend III; Richard Hall

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ashland

Benchmark Electronics

Conduent

Nestlé

Occidental

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 3

Rated for its 'agile and pragmatic approach to multi-jurisdiction advising', Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is a firm that clients in the fintech and blockchain space 'want on their side' for transactions, regulatory issues and disputes. Leveraging a standout firm-wide reputation for corporate work, the fintech team is particularly well known for its ability to assist bank lenders, fintech companies, and investors with critical corporate and financing transactions. Names to note include technology and IP expert David Kappos ('unparalleled in the market for knowledge, skills, expertise and pragmatic approach'), and corporate partners Scott Bennett and Michael Mariani.

Practice head(s):

David Kappos; Michael Mariani; Scott Bennett

Testimonials

Superb knowledge of the law. An agile and pragmatic approach to multi-jurisdiction advising. Real thought leaders. Super stylish in their delivery. You want them on your side.

David Kappos is unparalleled in the market for knowledge, skills, expertise and pragmatic approach.  I wouldn’t do any tech, digital or data work without him.

Key clients

Deutsche Börse

GreenSky

IBM

American Express

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is particularly prominent in the field of antitrust litigation, having recently been involved on antitrust litigation in relation to some of the sector's most market-shaping deals, particularly the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, where Peter Barbur led the firm's team and secured a victory, both on first instance, and at appeal. Katherine Forrest is another highly experienced practitioner within the firm, having previously served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a District Judge, and her recent cases have included internal investigations and antitrust work. The third key figure in the team is Karin DeMasi, who is involved in a wide range of matters in the media sector including employment disputes, financial litigation, and contract disputes, with notable recent clients including HBO and The Weinstein Group.

Key clients

Hasbro, Inc.

Home Box Office, Inc. (“HBO”)

New Media Investment Group Inc.

Warner Media, LLC

The Weinstein Company

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles high-value technology-related M&A and joint ventures for media, financial services, software, pharmaceuticals and biotech clients, and regularly advises on intellectual property matters arising from transactions. The team advised The Walt Disney Company on its $10.6bn sale of 21 regional sports networks and Fox College Sports to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which involved agreements for a multitude of copyright-based domain names and transfers of IP rights, after successfully representing the client in its $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. David Kappos, who is well known for his expertise in intellectual property, jointly heads the team alongside George Schoen. Keith Hallam is another key contact. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Kappos; George Schoen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amazon

Biolog-id

CyrusOne

The Walt Disney Company

Facebook

Genpact

Hasbro

IBM

J.D. Power

Johnson & Johnson

Orbotech

Palantir

Pitney Powes

Qualcomm

Rogers Communications

Roivant Sciences

Viacom

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

The 'first-class' litigation team at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is adept at representing both appellants and appellees in state and federal courts of appeal. Patent, M&A, antitrust, and securities issues lie at the core of the team’s appellate focus. The group is well versed in stepping in to act for clients at the appellate stage, although its main strength lies in handling appeals resulting from matters previously handled by the firm at the trial stage. Clients recommend Gary Bornstein for his leadership skills. Evan Chesler, Antony Ryan, Katherine Forrest and Kevin Orsini are also key team members. The firm operates a single-office model in New York.

Testimonials

The team at Cravath is simply first-class. The depth of its analysis, dedication, and the energy that the attorneys put in to defending their clients is outstanding. They really do go above and beyond. The team is able to understand the broader commercial considerations concerning its clients. It can flex its style by working with cross-practice teams and by fostering good working relationships with other law firms brought in to advise on discreet points — all this to ensure that the delivered result is uniquely tailored to the client’s individual needs.

Gary Bornstein should be individually credited for his standout performance. Gary, as lead partner, sets an excellent, collaborative tone with his team that fosters an excellent team spirit and drives his lawyers to deliver excellent results. It is a pleasure to work with such a dynamic, cohesive team, whose client interactions leave you feeling understood, reassured, and in safe hands. Well done, team!

Key clients

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Alarm.com

British American Tobacco

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Credit Suisse

Qualcomm

Sabre Holdings Corporation

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Corporate and M&A > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

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.

Capital markets > Capital markets Tier 4

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP does not play the volume game in Latin America, but deserves credit for its engagements in a series of headline deals over the years. This includes IPOs, secondary offerings, high-yield and investment-grade bond offerings. It has advised on transactions involving issuers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and other Latin American jurisdictions; clients include Banco Santander, BBVA, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. Having spent many years in London, David Mercado is now based in New York; he has a strong focus on Latin America and has advised on numerous big-ticket deals in the region over recent years. He led the team that advised the underwriters on the $1bn registered notes offering of Enel Chile, the Chilean electricity utility company; the notes were listed on NYSE. The firm, a global leader in high-yield debt offerings, regularly advises on deals involving issuers that have considerable interests or assets in Latin America. Craig Arcella, another experienced figure in Latin America capital markets issuances, led the team that advised Credit Suisse as the initial purchaser on the $1bn 144A/Reg S high-yield first lien and second lien pay-in-kind (PIK) notes offering of  international offshore drilling contractor, Pacific Drilling; the notes were issued as part of a reorganisation plan by the company.

Celebrating its bicentennial in 2019, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the premier US law firms for two centuries. Each of the firm’s practices is highly regarded, and Cravath lawyers are recognized for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the US and throughout the world.

International experience: Cravath is committed to an international practice of the highest quality. Its lawyers regularly advise clients based outside the US on a wide range of international transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets and bank financings, and general corporate and SEC compliance matters. The firm’s investigations team has expertise conducting cross-border internal and government investigations involving companies subject to multiple government authorities operating under differing regulatory regimes. Cravath represents clients in litigation in US courts and in arbitrations and investigations conducted throughout the world.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: Cravath’s work with many of the world’s most significant companies has enabled it to develop a broad-based corporate practice. Clients repeatedly choose Cravath for their largest and most complex matters. The firm’s corporate lawyers represent companies in a diverse range of M&A transactions, including public company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, as well as hostile takeovers and the defense of companies and boards of directors against activist hedge funds. Cravath also advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies across all aspects of their lifecycle, such as fund formation, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and tax planning and structuring. The firm has a highly regarded capital markets practice, representing issuers and investment banks in domestic and global offerings. Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional financings. The firm provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. The financial restructuring and reorganization practice addresses a wide range of issues triggered by financial distress or insolvency. Cravath’s highly regarded environmental lawyers work with its clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a broad range of environmental issues. The firm’s IP lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multiparty joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements and portfolio development and exploitation.

Tax: Cravath’s tax department designs tax-efficient structures for mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, private equity deals and internal restructurings. In addition, its lawyers advise issuers and underwriters on the tax aspects of all types of capital markets offerings and credit facilities. Clients rely on Cravath’s tax lawyers for their extensive legal knowledge, practical and sound business judgment and ability to explain esoteric issues in a clear and understandable way.

Executive compensation and benefits: Cravath’s ECB department brings experience and judgment to clients’ executive compensation and benefits matters. Its ECB lawyers advise companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and members of senior management in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements, as well as legal compliance concerns.

Litigation: Clients turn to Cravath to handle their most significant and sensitive disputes and investigations across a broad range of practice areas and industries. The firm’s litigators are routinely called upon to represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in many other types of proceedings, including internal and government investigations and enforcement actions. The firm has extensive experience in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, employment, general commercial, IP, M&A, securities, tax and white collar criminal defense. Companies, boards and board committees regularly rely on the firm to handle contested transactions and guide them through the intricacies of shareholder litigation and investigations, as well as complying with applicable laws and regulations. In addition to handling antitrust litigation, the firm advises on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws and represents clients in securing regulatory approvals. With respect to IP, the firm handles critical litigation involving trade secrets, patents, copyright and trademarks in industries as wide-ranging as technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Cravath also frequently advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy and the identification of IP assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes. In the area of securities litigation, the firm is widely recognised for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases.

Trusts and estates: Cravath’s trusts and estates lawyers have served as
legal counsel, advisors and trustees to several generations of families who built many of the world’s most important businesses. The firm’s lawyers work closely with US and non-US private clients to realize their business, estate planning and philanthropic goals by advising them on the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations.

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Presiding Partner Faiza J Saeed
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Firm overview: Celebrating its bicentennial in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognised as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of the firm’s practices is highly regarded, and Cravath lawyers are recognised for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in Latin America and throughout the world.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: Cravath regularly represents international clients across numerous industries in a full range of public and private corporate transactions, both friendly and hostile. A significant component of the firm’s work involves private equity funds. Structuring complex cross-border merger and acquisition transactions has historically been a significant part of the firm’s Latin American practice and Cravath is often tapped for the largest and most sophisticated transactions in the region. Its lawyers also advise boards of directors and special committees, helping them navigate the myriad of issues involved in complex transactions and conflicts of interest. Cravath’s tax department designs sophisticated tax-efficient structures for complex transactions and works to capture the benefits of differences in the tax law in different jurisdictions. The firm’s executive compensation and benefits lawyers advise clients in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements as well as legal compliance concerns. Its environmental lawyers work with clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a broad range of environmental issues. Cravath’s intellectual property lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multiparty joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements and portfolio development and exploitation.

Finance: Cravath has extensive experience advising on a broad range of capital markets and banking and credit matters. Its capital markets lawyers represent both issuers and investment banks in all types of U.S. and non-U.S. offerings. The firm’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional financings.

Financial restructuring and reorganisation: Companies facing their most important and challenging cases and transactions due to bankruptcy, restructuring or reorganisation often rely upon Cravath’s deep understanding of the business dynamics involved in finance and restructuring. The firm has significant experience handling litigation related to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and board members of distressed companies, disputes arising out of lender claims, alleged breaches of contract and alleged fraudulent conveyances. Its lawyers also have substantial expertise in debtor-in-possession (DIP) and “exit” financing, advising independent directors and boards of directors, distressed and bankruptcy M&A (including Section 363 transactions), as well as municipal and sovereign restructuring.

Investigations and White-collar criminal defence: Clients turn to Cravath to handle their most significant and sensitive disputes and investigations across a broad range of practice areas and industries. Cravath advises corporations, boards and executives in significant white collar defence and regulatory enforcement matters, government and internal investigations, and monitorships around the globe involving a variety of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and foreign anti-corruption laws, trade sanctions and export controls, accounting fraud, antitrust, insider trading, tax evasion, cyber intrusion and money laundering. The firm also assists clients in conducting fact-finding exercises with respect to shareholder demands and advises on compliance obligations, potential areas of exposure and preventive measures. Its investigations team includes attorneys who have spent portions of their careers at US government agencies.

Cravath’s litigation department is staffed by trial lawyers with broad courtroom experience in complex litigation across all industries in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, general commercial, intellectual property, M&A, securities and white collar. The firm’s litigators routinely represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in many other types of proceedings, including investigations.

Clients: Along with governments and multinational institutions, the firm’s client base includes some of the world’s best known companies and financial institutions, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Axtel, Banco Santander, Buscapé, Casa Cuervo, Cemex, Cholula, Coteminas, Cutrale Group, GP Investments, Grupo Carso, Grupo Gigante, Grupo Lala, Grupo Lamosa, Grupo Modelo, JBS, Magnesita Refratários, OCCEL, Office Depot de México, Panamco, Republic of Argentina, Sadia, Safra Group, San Antonio Internacional, Vitro and YPF.  In recent years, the firm has participated in matters involving companies based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

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Diversity and Inclusion

At Cravath, we believe that excellence and diversity go hand in hand.

Our Firm is made up of individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, enabling us to provide the highest level of legal representation to our clients. We see each incoming class of associates as the next generation of Firm leaders, and thus place great importance on drawing talent reflective of not only the law school population, but also the larger community in which our clients operate. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond recruiting. From facilitating interactions between our women attorneys and alumnae to empowering our affinity groups in their interactions with lawyers across all levels at the Firm, our dedication to promoting diversity and fostering inclusion is woven throughout our culture. We firmly believe that by cultivating an environment that enables lawyers to reach their full potential, we maintain a vital advantage in an increasingly complex and fast‑changing legal landscape.

Reflective of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Faiza Saeed is our Presiding Partner, which makes us one of only a handful of large law firms led by a woman. Additionally, 11 out of 20 of our most recently elected partners are women, including three women of color. Our 2020 summer associate class is 59% women, 40% people of color and 9% LGBTQ+.

For more information about diversity and inclusion at Cravath, visit our website.

Pro Bono

Challenging pro bono work has long been a cornerstone of our practice. It is a fundamental part of who we are and it is critically important to those whom we help. The full resources of the Firm are brought to bear in support of every pro bono matter, whether the client is a low‑income single mother or a coalition of U.S. Congress members.

Our pro bono work also provides a meaningful way for our lawyers to develop and strengthen their legal skills. Associates and summer associates are strongly encouraged to take on pro bono clients, and they’re instructed to provide them with the same top‑tier representation we offer our paying clients. Under a partner’s supervision, associates have taken the lead in cases where they represent domestic violence survivors, political asylum seekers, hospitalized children, wrongfully convicted inmates, victims of racial and gender discrimination, and many others. Associates have provided transactional advice to non‑profit organizations, and they have worked on precedent‑setting litigation in areas that range from civil rights to copyright law. From defending the first Native American tried for the murder of a white man to helping establish the Miranda doctrine, our attorneys have achieved landmark victories in civil rights cases that have changed society for the better. Pro bono opportunities are readily available to lawyers in all the Firm’s practice areas.

Our legal services partners include the ACLU, American Immigrant Representation Project, Brennan Center for Justice, CAIR NY, Center for Global Enterprise, City Bar Justice Center, Disability Rights Advocates, Her Justice, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, Lawyers Alliance, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Legal Aid Society of New York, Legal Services NYC, New York City Anti‑Violence Project, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York Legal Assistance Group, Sanctuary for Families, Trustlaw, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Volunteers of Legal Service, and many of them have recognized the Firm with awards for our pro bono work.

For more information about pro bono at Cravath, visit our website.