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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
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10019-7475
United States

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is consistently recognized at the top of the table in the DCM space, where it maintains a market-leading profile with issuers and underwriters. The firm has continued to win a steady pipeline of convertible debt engagements, in particular, a large part of the practice being associated with M&A and spin-off transactions. Further, in 2020, the team saw a significant uptick in refinancing-linked issuances in the media and entertainment, natural resources, and travel and hospitality sectors. Investment grade notes and exchangeable bonds are also strong features of the practice. Its client list includes some of the biggest-name corporate issuers and underwriters in the market. Craig Arcella and Andrew Pitts are two of the most prolific DCM practitioners in the high-end and complex transactions segment. Stephen Burns and William Fogg are also recommended. Scott Bennett and Johnny Skumpija are rising names, while Nicholas Dorsey has emerged as a strong talent, leading the team that advised The Walt Disney Company on three registered notes offerings totaling some $18bn and its debt exchange offer totaling up to $14bn.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Scott Bennett; Johnny Skumpija; Nicholas Dorsey 

Testimonials

‘Nick Dorsey and the team were very knowledgeable and have significant experience in the complex nature of the offerings that we have undertaken over the past years. We have not worked with US firms previously that were this knowledgeable on some very complex org structure, M&A and disclosure issues.’

‘Nick Dorsey is incredibly smart and down to earth. Very easy to work with and accomplished all tasks on deadlines set forth.’

Key clients

Mylan

Nestle

Northrop Grumman

Qualcomm

The Walt Disney Company

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

JPMorgan

Wells Fargo

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a principal focus on North America, Latin America and Europe, fielding impressive teams of US securities lawyers in New York and London. The work is slightly weighted towards debt offerings that are linked to the firm's outstanding finance practice. The capital markets group also benefits from the firm's substantial SEC regulatory expertise. Andrew Pitts leads the North America capital markets team and has deep experience in major debt offerings for big-name global corporates. Craig Arcella co-heads the finance group and is highly rated for debt offerings for a range of international issuers. David Mercado has an outstanding record in deals originating from Europe and Latin America. Scott Bennett is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

David Mercado; Scott Bennett

Key clients

AerCap

Mylan

Nestle

Prosus

Royal Dutch Shell

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

JPMorgan

Wells Fargo

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP maintains its long and illustrious history in the antitrust space, where it excels in high-stakes and complex litigation. The department, which is led by Christine Varney, is active across the gamut of litigation, from single-plaintiff suits to consumer class actions on a domestic and international scale. It also demonstrates expertise in various litigations that intersects with antitrust, including securities and IP disputes. One key practitioner here is chairman Evan Chesler, who handles myriad multi-district antitrust class action suits and made his reputation defending large corporations in bet-the-company cases. Gary Bornstein garnered praise for his recent defense work for Qualcomm Incorporated in the Ninth Circuit, in litigation brought by the FTC, whereas Kevin Orsini has carved out a reputation through his continued representation of American Express in a series of high-profile class actions. Other names to note are Peter Barbur, Katherine Forrest and Yonatan Even. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Other key lawyers:

Evan Chesler; Gary Bornstein; Katherine Forrest; Peter Barbur; Kevin Orsini; Yonatan Even; Damaris Hernández

Key clients

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

American Express Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield Members

Epic Games

Morgan Stanley

Nomura International plc

Novartis

Occidental Petroleum

Qualcomm Incorporated

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's team is 'very solutions oriented, very practical and extremely competent. They are extraordinarily responsive, and get it all done in a world-class manner'. Despite its modest size, the practice, headed by Eric Hilfers, has an excellent reputation for advising household name corporations on prominent, large-cap M&A transactions. Corporate clients are drawn from sectors including entertainment, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, retail and energy. Jennifer Conway and Jonathan Katz bring expertise in negotiating executive employment and severance agreements as well as in the implementation of cash and equity-based compensation agreements. The group is also recognized for advising high-profile senior management teams throughout corporate transactions. Proxy disclosure, securities and tax-related matters are also included in the team's workload. Named individuals are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Eric Hilfers

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Katz; Jennifer Conway

Testimonials

Eric Hilfers is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and focused on solving problems in practical ways‘.

Key clients

Avon

Disney

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Peugeot

US Foods

Viacom’s Transaction Committee of the Board

Environment: transactional Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP provides comprehensive legal services covering all environmental issues arising from M&A and financings, including green and sustainability awareness bonds. The practice group is frequently retained by clients across a multitude industries, including pharmaceuticals, retail, heavy manufacturing and  chemicals, to advise on environmental liabilities in the context of business transactions. It also assists with the management of post-closing obligations, mass toxic tort matters and environmental-related contractual disputes. Practice head Matthew Morreale is a renowned practitioner in environmental law who has been involved in numerous multibillion-dollar transactions spanning all core industries in the US and internationally. Disclosure obligations under securities laws, ESG concerns and emerging climate change issues are some of Morreale's core areas of expertise. Also recommended is Annmarie Terraciano, whose expertise covers sustainability reporting and environmental indemnification disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morreale

Other key lawyers:

Annmarie Terraciano

Testimonials

‘Cravath has a very practical approach to problem solving in M&A transactions.’

‘Cravath’s group has the demonstrated ability to problem solve and seek clever resolution to difficult M&A situations to prevent them from becoming roadblocks.’

‘Annmarie Terraciano is extremely responsive and practically-oriented.’

Key clients

Avon Products

Corteva

INEOS

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Knorr-Bremse

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Parker Hannifin

US Foods

ViewRay

Financial services litigation Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP represents investment banks, broker-dealers, funds, and other financial institutions in disputes, with particular expertise in handling antitrust and securities litigation. The team's ability to handle high-profile antitrust work is demonstrated by its recent representation of American Express in a series of cases related to the company's anti-steering clause, as well as other alleged anti-competitive practices; these cases, brought by retailers, allege violations of the Sherman Act as well as California's Cartwright Act, and are being led by Evan Chesler and Peter Barbur. Daniel Slifkin serves as head of litigation, and in addition to representing a number of major banks in antitrust cases, he is also acting for Westpac in class action securities litigation arising from Westpac's breach of Australian anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws. Lauren Moskowitz is also recommended, and is noted for her work on RMBS litigation. Richard Clary retired at the end of 2020, but Michael Addis, Justin Clarke, and Lauren Rosenberg were all promoted to partner at the beginning of 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Evan Chesler; Peter Barbur; Daniel Slifkin; Lauren Moskowitz

Testimonials

Key clients

American Express Company

Brightwood Capital Advisors

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

Deutsche Bank

Folksam ömsesidig livförsäkring

Goldman Sachs

GreenSky

Morgan Stanley

Nomura International

Rothschild & Co

Westpac Banking

General commercial disputes Tier 1

Rated by clients for its 'superior knowledge and business oriented approach', Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's New York team handles corporate disputes spanning various areas, including antitrust, securities, IP infringement and FCPA claims. Its work is equally diverse in terms of the range of industries it covers, with noted strengths in technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals and retail. Veteran litigator and firm chairman Evan Chesler continues to be engaged by prominent companies, including Tesla's CEO and board of directors in two major class actions. David Marriott is another key name; he is representing Alcon in over 50 putative class actions relating to alleged violations of antitrust and consumer protection laws. Kevin Orsini, who has broad strengths in M&A- and antitrust-related cases and tort litigation, is currently representing Palantir Technologies in multiple actions in Delaware. Lauren Moskowitz is a contact for disputes in the financial services sector; she was a key member of the team that successfully represented Credit Suisse in over 50 RMBS cases, and more recently she acted for Goldman Sachs in relation to a breach of contract and fraud claim. Darin McAtee is another important member of the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Evan Chesler; David Marriott; Kevin Orsini; Lauren Moskowitz; Darin McAtee

Key clients

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Goldman Sachs & Co.

NCR Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

PG&E

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Tesla Board of Directors

Turner Network Sales, Inc.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Evan Chesler - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Based in New York, Evan Chesler maintains a versatile trial practice and continues to attract leading work from a wide range of clients. Following California's wildfires in 2017 and 2018, Chesler represented Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Chapter 11 proceedings related to the catastrophic event, culminating in a $13.5bn settlement with the individual plaintiffs and an additional $11bn settlement with the insurance companies. Currently, Chesler is acting for Tesla's CEO Elon Musk and other members of the board in two major stockholder class and derivative suits involving multibillion-dollar transactions.

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York is recommended by clients for its 'breadth and depth of knowledge, and excellent strategic judgement'. The firm is a prominent player in individual, class action and derivative litigation in state and federal courts arising from M&A deals, tender offers, proxy fights, leveraged buy-outs and broken deals. Veteran litigator Robert Baron led in the groundbreaking In re Akorn, Inc. Data Integrity Securities Litigation, challenging Fresenius’s termination of a $4.3bn merger agreement with Akorn. Gary Bornstein is 'incredibly bright, impressive, personable and unflappable', according to one market source, who attests that the firm's litigators are all ‘superb at whatever they do’. He represented Avon Products in a putative securities class action arising from Avon's merger with Natura Cosméticos, which closed in January 2020. Also recommended in the team are Kevin Orsini, who is defending Mylan in matters concerning its $50bn cross-border combination with Upjohn, and up-and-coming partner Rory Leraris, who is defending Buckeye Partners in cases filed following its $10.3bn merger with IFM.

Other key lawyers:

Robert Baron; Gary Bornstein; Kevin Orsini; Rory Leraris

Testimonials

‘The firm shows breadth and depth of knowledge, and excellent strategic judgement. It is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Gary Bornstein is incredibly bright, impressive, personable and great on his feet. He instils confidence in senior management and is unflappable.’

Key clients

Akorn

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Avon Products

Blount International

Buckeye Partners

Credit Suisse Securities (USA)

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Mylan N.V.

Occidental Petroleum

Palantir Technologies

Precision Castparts

Qualcomm Incorporated

Reynolds American

Tesla Board of Directors

Independent Directors of Viacom

The Williams Companies

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is an undisputed market-leader for blockbuster deals and smaller multibillion-dollar transactions, working successfully in a variety of industries for an enviable blue-chip client base. The team closed a number of significant transactions in 2020, including Mylan’s $50bn combination with Upjohn, and Viacom’s $30bn merger with CBS Corporation. It also represented Justeat.com in its $7.3bn combination with Grubhub, a significant development in the home delivery market. Among the team's leadership are highly respected transactional counsels and senior leaders, including Faiza Saeed, the team’s presiding partner, corporate chair Mark Greene, North American head of M&A Robert Townsend III, and EMEA corporate chair Richard Hall, all of whom have remained active in big-ticket M&A on the buy and sell-side. Damien Zoubek is also noted for his broad practice, encompassing M&A, shareholder activism defense, distressed transactions and bankruptcy auctions, and corporate governance. Zoubek has played a key role in many of the firm’s biggest highlights. Ting Chen continues to bolster her profile, working on notable deals such as Illumina’s $8bn acquisition of GRAIL, and the Ricketts family’s sale of TD Ameritrade to Charles Schwab for an estimated $26bn. Aaron Gruber and Keith Hallam are also names to note; they played key roles in the Mylan and Viacom transactions, respectively, and also led on a range of smaller transactions. All named lawyers are based in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Damien Zoubek; Ting Chen; Aaron Gruber; Keith Hallam

Testimonials

‘Cravath is simply put the best firm out there in this area. They have the best knowledge and business approach and are great to work with.’

Key clients

Cincinnati Bell

Eidos

Johnson & Johnson

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Illumina

Lindsay Goldberg

Mylan

Peugeot

Viacom

The Walt Disney Company

Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York plays a key role in securities litigation class actions for both corporate issuers and major financial institutions. In addition, the team handles individual actions for officers and directors. Although securities cases rarely go to trial, the firm has tried four in recent years, giving it enviable experience in the courtroom. Since securing landmark decisions in cases relating to mortgage-backed securities implicated in the financial crisis of 2008, the firm has seen its caseload diversify and its recent successes include a favourable settlement for First Solar in litigation alleging misrepresentation of the company’s financial state, and the dismissal of a putative class action litigation against GreenSky alleging that IPO offering documents contained false and misleading statements. Karin DeMasi ('a great securities litigator with a strong courtroom presence') and Lauren Kennedy led the Greensky matter. Head of litigation Daniel Slifkin and Antony Ryan led the First Solar matter. Lauren Moskowitz is an emerging talent who won summary judgment in a case against AngloGold Ashanti in New York federal court. Veteran partner Richard Clary retired from the litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Slifkin

Other key lawyers:

Antony Ryan; Karin DeMasi; Lauren Moskowitz; Lauren Kennedy

Testimonials

‘Karin DeMasi and Lauren Kennedy are great securities litigators. They are innovative and never back down from a challenge. Karin has a strong courtroom presence and the judge overseeing the case has total respect for her and her word. Even when a time sensitive matter that arises, the quality of their work product remains at the highest caliber.’

‘Karin DeMasi and Lauren Kennedy are both excellent. I am impressed with them and their skills and demeanor.’

Key clients

Special Litigation Committee of Alphabet

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Avon Products

Blount International

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Crown Castle International

First Solar

GreenSky

GTT Communications

Mylan N.V.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Qualcomm Incorporated

Reynolds American

SciPlay Corporation

Tesla Board of Directors

Independent Directors of Viacom

Westpac Banking Corporation

The Williams Companies

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Working hand-in-hand with the firm's leading corporate group, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's tax team is well placed to handle many of the most complex, high-profile deals taking place in the market. Jointly led by Stephen Gordon and Lauren Angelilli, the top-notch tax department regularly designs and implements tax structures for historic mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, SPACs and fund formations, acting for an impressive roster of blue-chip corporates, financial institutions and private equity clients. Angelilli and Gordon’s transactional expertise sees them handling the tax aspects of major M&A deals in pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, energy and media. In addition, Gordon is noted for his restructuring capabilities, while Angelilli is rated by clients for her expertise in securities offerings and financing transactions. Andrew Needham, a recommended REIT specialist, handles private equity fund formation and partnership taxation, while Leonard Teti advises clients on private equity transactions and bank financings. Christopher Fargo and Kara Mungovan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gordon; Lauren Angelilli

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Needham; Leonard Teti; Christopher Fargo; Kara Mungovan

Key clients

Avon

Cincinnati Bell

Deutsche Börse

Disney

Johnson & Johnson

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mylan

Peugeot

PG&E

Unilever

Viacom’s Transaction Committee of the Board

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has an established track record with mature issuers and underwriters, and has continued to achieve greater prominence in tech and growth-company transactions. Of recent note, the team advised the founders of Palantir Technologies on the company's $21bn direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2020. It also represented the underwriters in TG Therapeutics' $316m registered primary common stock offering. The firm also continues to stand out in offerings by mature businesses, most notably in the financial services sector. William Fogg and Andrew Pitts are key members of the team; Scott Bennett and Johnny Skumpija are emerging talents, as is Nicholas Dorsey.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Scott Bennett; Johnny Skumpija; Nicholas Dorsey; Joseph Zavaglia  

Key clients

Bank of America

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

JPMorgan

Hasbro

Founders of Palantir

PG&E

Radius Global

ViewRay

International tax Tier 2

A top-flight firm for corporate transactions, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP fields a robust tax team which is regularly engaged in headline multi-jurisdictional mandates. Highlights over the review period have included a high volume of distressed workouts (including for UK-based companies) and SPAC-driven deals. In the latter area, Lauren Angelilli handled numerous transactions in the healthcare space. The group is also routinely involved in high-value M&A, recent examples of which have seen co-head Stephen Gordon and Leonard Teti advising on multibillion-dollar, cross-border deals in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, energy and automotive sectors. Andrew Needham and Christopher Fargo are key partners for REITs, and Kara Mungovan brings an impressive body of knowledge regarding global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) fees. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gordon; Lauren Angelilli

Other key lawyers:

Leonard Teti; Andrew Needham; Christopher Fargo; Kara Mungovan; Michael Schler

Testimonials

‘The Cravath tax practice is highly technically competent, you can trust their advice. They are judicious in their approach and efficient in their time spent on issues. They communicate well both in conversation with the client, their technical advice and in coordination with other parties in a transaction. They demonstrate high professional standards in terms of proficiency and professionalism.’

‘Michael Schler has been a long-time adviser and trusted counselor. His technical knowledge, analytical ability, judgement, communication effectiveness, interest and knowledge of our business and general reliability are beyond any external tax adviser used by our company. Mike stands out amongst his peers and is a well-regarded leader in the corporate tax profession.

‘Andrew Needham is an excellent partner and trusted advisor and counselor, exceptionally easy to work with, technically proficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Avon

Bharti

Centrica

Deutsche Börse

Deutsche Telekom

Disney

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mylan

Peugeot

Prosus

Unilever

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has formidable strengths in antitrust and corporate securities litigation, with additional expertise in copyright infringement and contract breach cases. Another differentiator for the practice is the unique experience of its chair Katherine Forrest, who is a former US District Judge for the Southern District of New York and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice. She is supported by Kevin Orsini, who is also skilled in antitrust and corporate securities matters, and has handled disputes for clients including The Walt Disney Company. The firm has also been handling cases surrounding the downfall of The Weinstein Company following the scandals surrounding its founder, Harvey Weinstein.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Forrest

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Orsini

Key clients

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Epic Games, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc.

Home Box Office, Inc.

Quibi Holdings, LLC

Scientific Games Corporation

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Turner Network Sales, Inc.

Independent Directors Of Viacom Inc.

The Weinstein Company

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is highly immersed in the film and TV space and regularly advises on major M&A and financing transactions, as well as on capital markets, tax and other corporate matters. The team’s client base includes well-known media companies such as Viacom and Disney, and several major financial institutions. New York-based Faiza Saeed oversees the practice and has expertise in M&A, corporate governance and crisis management. She works alongside George Schoen and Allison Wein, both of whom are corporate partners with a particular focus on the entertainment industry.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed

Other key lawyers:

George Schoen; Allison Wein

Key clients

Cincinnati Bell

Cinemark

Dentsu Aegis Network

Deutsche Telekom

Disney

Hasbro

HBO

Univision

Viacom’s Transaction Committee of the Board

The Weinstein Company

Merger control Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a strong track record in merger clearances for large-scale M&A, working in conjunction with its top-tier M&A practice on deals for blue-chip clients in a variety of industries. During 2020, the team, led by former FTC Commissioner and senior DOJ attorney Christine Varney, secured clearance for industry-defining deals in healthcare and food delivery, representing Mylan in its merger with UpJohn, and also acting for JustEat in its acquisition of Grubhub. In addition to Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and regulatory review proceedings, the team also has strong litigation capabilities, and is regularly involved in FTC and DOJ challenges and investigations. Another key team member is Maggie Segall, an up-and-coming partner who is building a strong reputation in this space. Segall played a key role in the Mylan transaction, as well as in Hasbro’s $4bn acquisition of Entertainment One.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Other key lawyers:

Maggie Segall

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of internal workings of the agencies and good practicality in addressing real issues.’

‘Christine Varney is very experienced and has good knowledge of how the agencies work and is practical in addressing issues in the context of their importance and the factual setting. Maggie Segall is an up and comer with strong responsiveness and practicality.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

Hasbro, Inc.

Home Box Office, Inc. (“HBO”)

Illumina

J.D. Power

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mylan

Pitney Bowes Inc.

RELX Group

Roivant Sciences Ltd.

Technology transactions Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has an excellent track record in high-end technology transactions, and has had recent strong showings in the fintech, healthtech and entertainment sectors. The firm is best known for its headline M&A work, a recent example of which is its advice to Just Eat Takeaway.com on its $7.3bn combination with Grubhub. The group includes a number of partners who are fully embedded in the tech and life sciences industries, notably George Schoen, who is active in M&A and joint ventures, and David Kappos, an expert in IP management, strategy and licensing issues. M&A partner Keith Hallam is also experienced in this sector. Clients also benefit from the team's deep expertise in key areas such as antitrust.

Practice head(s):

David Kappos; George Schoen

Other key lawyers:

Keith Hallam

Testimonials

‘Top quality lawyers throughout the Tech Transactions team at Cravath.’

‘David Kappos has been outstanding in his level of knowledge and business-centric analysis of the legal issues. He has unparalleled expertise in the field and it shows in how he approaches due diligence exercises.’

Key clients

Bharti

Deutsche Börse

Disney

IBM

Illumina

Just Eat Takeaway.com

The Founders of Palantir

Prosus

Qualcomm

RELX

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's New York team is a leading name for M&A, bank financing and capital markets transactions, and that expertise extends to the areas of telecoms and broadcasting. Practice head Robert Townsend is an expert in telecoms-related M&A, and counts Cincinnati Bell and Univision as key clients. On the broadcasting side, Faiza Saeed and George Schoen are both highly experienced in high-value M&A. Also recommended are Tatiana Lapushchik, a name to note for bank financing work, and William Fogg, who co-heads the firm's financing practice and focuses on capital markets transactions. Johnny Skumpija moved to Sidley Austin LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Robert Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Faiza Saeed; Georrge Schoen; Tatiana Lapushchik; William Fogg

Key clients

Bharti

Cable One

Cincinnati Bell

Cox Communications

Crown Castle

Deutsche Telekom

Frontier Communications

Partner Communications

Rogers Communications

Univision

Viacom’s Transaction Committee of the Board

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is very active in the corporate issuer market, as opposed to the private equity-backed segment, though it has historically been recognized for its underwriter-side work, where it acts for Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. The firm decided not a high-volume shop, and tends to focus on high-value and often complex engagements. In this regard, Craig Arcella has an outstanding record and led the team that represented the initial purchasers and dealer managers on the $3.5bn high-yield debt offering by Kraft Heinz Foods. William Fogg is another senior name with a strong focus on high-yield debt. Joseph Zavaglia and Johnny Skumpija are emerging talents. Skumpija in particular led the team that advised the initial purchasers and underwriters on the $7bn high-yield debt offering by Centene Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Zavaglia; Johnny Skumpija 

Key clients

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan

Cable One

Occidental

Olin

Minerals Technologies

US Foods

Fintech Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a multi-disciplinary team with a strong track record in the fintech and blockchain space. This includes advice on digital securities, financings, and data privacy regulations under GDPR. Practice head David Kappos has an extremely strong background in IP management and strategy, and works closely with the firm's corporate, finance and regulatory lawyers on related fintech matters. In this regard, Scott Bennett is particularly active in public and private offerings and M&A. Recently the firm was involved in several high-profile business sales in the fintech space, and provided support on antitrust and securities litigation-related issues.

Practice head(s):

David Kappos

Other key lawyers:

Scott Bennett

Testimonials

‘The overall expertise of Cravath team is excellent.’

‘David Kappos has unparalleled expertise and provides business-centric legal advice.’

‘Led by partner Dave Kappos, our work with Cravath on management, technology and intellectual property matters has been often times leading-edge and global in scope. We have created new governing frameworks and management decision trees in the digital supply chain and cyber security spaces.’

‘All of the Cravath partners and associates we have worked with project integrity, creativity, and expertise. They do not promote themselves outside their competency.’

‘Dave Kappos (Partner), Somi Alexandria Umolu (Associate), Steve Gordon (Tax partner), Ryan Wichtowski (IP associate), Kathryn-Ann Stamm (IP associate), Dan Etcovitch (IP associate) have all been tier one professionals.’

‘The Cravath team takes ownership. They are passionate like they are the client. Great team.’

‘David Kappos as his general knowledge as far as IP practice and issue spotting ability stand out.’

Key clients

American Express

Deutsche Börse

Epic Games

GreenSky

IBM

NCR

RELX

The Ricketts Family

World Fuel Services

Shareholder activism Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s multidisciplinary group has extensive experience in handling campaigns and related issues, with recent showings in the oil and gas, utilities, and manufacturing sectors. In this space, the team leverages the firm’s top-tier reputation in M&A transactions and general corporate law. Key contacts include Robert Townsend III, who heads up the M&A team for North America, as well as corporate department head Mark Greene. Another standout team member is Keith Hallam, whose practice encompasses both defense and general corporate governance matters. All named practitioners are based in New York.

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Evergy Inc.

Olin Corporation

Crown Castle International Corp.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

The New York-based trial specialists at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP bring their comprehensive litigation and transactional experience to patent disputes. As part of the firm's wider commercial litigation department, the patent litigation practice is a particularly good choice for disputes involving related antitrust or breach of license matters. For its often very voluminous matters, the firm works with software innovator Text IQ to quickly review large amounts of documents through the use of AI, an initiative that earned the firm the New York Law Journal's Innovation Award for 2020. Keith Hummel, whose recent successes include victories for medical device and biosimilar clients, and Richard Stark, a registered patent attorney with a computer science degree who has a number of high-stakes technology-related disputes under his belt, are among the key contacts. Sharonmoyee Goswami made partner in January 2020. David Greenwald retired in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Keith Hummel; Richard Stark; Sharonmoyee Goswami

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally bright and fast learners; tireless in their efforts and work product; excellent trial strategists.’

‘Sharon Goswami has the capacity to manage huge swaths of complex issues, internalize facts and legal arguments quickly, and is a pleasure to be around. Keith Hummel is compelling to juries, knows and understands what makes juries and judges feel swayed to your positions, and is hardworking and readily available to his clients.’

‘Cravath’s IP team is one of the very best I’ve ever worked with. Their command of the law around the world and their impressively written briefs and other advocacy documents set them apart and helped secure major wins in high-profile matters for us.’

‘Rick Stark, Vanessa Lively, and Evan Chesler are brilliant legal minds. They come up with creative and effective solutions and are an absolute joy to work with. ’

‘Cravath’s patent litigation team is amazing – their partners fight on the frontline of deposition and court hearings, their associates work day and night to bridge all the parties and open matters, their paralegals and other staff provide full support throughout. This team is well positioned to resolve the most challenging and complex patent disputes.’

‘Richard Stark – senior expert in standard-essential patents and many other patent-related issues with insightful views to the industry. Gary Bornstein – excellent litigator down to every detail. Yonatan Even – great partner handling matters involving interaction of patent and antitrust issues.’

Key clients

Abiomed

Alarm.com

Amgen

DRI Capital

Quibi

Vitaworks

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The New York-based litigators at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP act on the side of both appellants and appellees, often in cases which have been handled by the firm at trial stage as well. The group’s recent work particularly stands out in the antitrust space, where the trio Antony Ryan, Gary Bornstein and Yonatan Even successfully led a team representing Qualcomm in Federal Trade Commission v Qualcomm Incorporated, a high-profile dispute brought before the Ninth Circuit. The firm is also noted for its use of advanced technology, artificial intelligence software Text IQ, during more demanding e-discovery assignments forming part of high-stakes cases.

Other key lawyers:

Antony Ryan; Gary Bornstein; Yonatan Even

Key clients

Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Alarm.com Inc.

American Express Company

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Goldman Sachs & Co.

NCR Corporation

Nomura International plc

Qualcomm Incorporated

Commercial lending

From its New York office, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP occupies a position at the very top of the lender-side market. The group is frequently consulted by the largest investment banks to assist with transactions involving complex financial structures including asset-based financings, leveraged spin-offs and mezzanine financing. Restructuring is another area of expertise, and the firm handles debtor-in-possession, exit and distressed M&A financing. A number of partners have close relationships with specific banking clients; Michael Goldman heads up the practice and is the contact partner for Credit Suisse, while practice lead Stephen Kessing is a close advisor to Citibank. On the borrower side, the group primarily advises on investment grade bridge and acquisition transactions, frequently working with US and international corporate borrowers on multi-currency and cross-border loans. Managing partner George Zobitz is especially active in this area, having advised a number of US universities on securing credit facilities. Other key names include Joseph Zavaglia and Tatiana Lapushchik.

Practice head(s):

Michael Goldman; George Zobitz; Stephen Kessing

Other key lawyers:

Tatiana Lapushchik; Joseph Zavaglia

Key clients

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

JPMorgan

Wells Fargo

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advises companies, boards of directors and senior executives on a broad range of regulatory enforcement issues and white-collar criminal defense matters. Through its offices in London and New York, the firm is also well-placed to advise international clients on cross-border investigations and compliance matters. Names to note include John Buretta, who handles internal investigations and civil litigation for clients in the banking, communications and technology sectors, among others; and Rachel Skaistis, who is recommended for FCPA, FCA and financial crime matters. Benjamin Gruenstein handles healthcare fraud, antitrust and trade matters; and David Stuart is experienced in trade sanctions, cyber security and sexual harassment cases. Also recommended is Evan Norris, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, who focuses on multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Skaistis; John Buretta; Benjamin Gruenstein; David Stuart; Evan Norris

Key clients

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation

Telia Company

SBM Offshore N.V.

Qualcomm Incorporated

Nomura International plc

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has an extensive international reach, including in Latin America, despite its limited physical presence in only New York and London. It has a long track record in Latin America, building a range of high-profile corporate client relationships and leveraging its bank and financial institution connections to land major deals across the region. The highly rated David Mercado is noted for M&A and capital markets, with huge experience in IPOs, follow-on offerings and high-yield debt in Latin America; he represents some of the biggest names in the region (see: Key Clients). Sasha Rosenthal‑Larrea was promoted to partner in January 2019 and has a growing body of experience in Latin America high-yield and investment grade debt.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Avon

Bacardi

Banco Santander Río

Cisneros Group of Companies

OLX

Casa Cuervo

Naspers

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's eminent position in cross-border M&A is very much in evidence in Latin America deals. Over the years it has worked on many of the market's landmark and transformational deals; a case in point being its advice to Avon Products on its $3.7bn sale to Brazilian personal care group, Natura Cosméticos. It also represented Anheuser-Busch in the sale of various local brands to, and long-term bottling arrangements with, Coca-Cola in El Salvador and Honduras. David Mercado has decades of experience in Latin America deals for big-name clients; while Sasha Rosenthal‑Larrea, who was elected to the partnership in January 2019, is building an impressive Latin American client base and transactional record.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Avon

Banco Santander Río

Cisneros Group of Companies

OLX

Casa Cuervo

Naspers

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the premier US law firms for over 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 and boards in their most critical needs across the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, as well as in high-stakes corporate situations, including hostile takeovers, proxy fights and shareholder activist campaigns. The firm has one of the most respected capital markets practices in the world. The practice is balanced between representing issuers and underwriters on debt, equity and convertible offerings. Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from routine working capital facilities to multicurrency and highly structured financings. The bank regulatory practice counsels financial institutions, FinTechs and other non-bank firms in transactional, regulatory, supervisory, enforcement and governance matters. Cravath 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 financial distress situations involving both chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. Cravath’s corporate IP lawyers advise clients in connection with issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, data, trade secrets, privacy and information security. The firm’s highly regarded environmental lawyers focus on environmental issues across a broad range of business transactions, and on matters associated with ESG, sustainability concerns and climate change.

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, investigations and regulatory enforcement, M&A and securities. 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 patents, trade secrets, 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. The firm’s white collar team of seasoned litigators and corporate advisory lawyers brings extensive experience from the government and private sectors to a wide variety of investigations, disputes and corporate matters.

Tax: Cravath’s tax department designs tax-efficient structures for US and cross-border transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, SPACs and private equity fund formations and acquisitions, as well as 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 complicated issues in a clear and understandable way.

Executive compensation and benefits: Cravath’s ECB department brings experience and judgment to its clients’ employee benefits and compensation matters, which are often central concerns in corporate transactions. The firm’s 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.

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 estate planning and philanthropic goals by advising them on the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Presiding Partner Faiza J Saeed
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Addis  photo Mr Michael Addis Michael P. Addis primarily focuses his practice on complex civil litigation related…
Ms Lauren Angelilli  photo Ms Lauren Angelilli Lauren Angelilli is a partner at Cravath and serves as Head of…
Mr Craig Arcella  photo Mr Craig Arcella Craig F. Arcella is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Mr Peter Barbur  photo Mr Peter Barbur Peter T. Barbur handles a wide variety of antitrust, intellectual property and…
Mr Robert Baron  photo Mr Robert Baron Robert H. Baron has handled major commercial cases brought as individual and class…
Mr D Scott Bennett  photo Mr D Scott Bennett Scott Bennett is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily…
Mr Gary Bornstein  photo Mr Gary Bornstein Gary A. Bornstein is Co-Head of Cravath’s Litigation Department. He handles a…
Mr John Buretta  photo Mr John Buretta John D. Buretta, a former senior U.S. Department of Justice official, focuses his…
Mr Stephen Burns  photo Mr Stephen Burns Stephen L. Burns is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Mr Timothy Cameron  photo Mr Timothy Cameron Timothy G. Cameron focuses his practice on a broad range of litigation…
Ms Ting Chen  photo Ms Ting Chen Ting S. Chen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice…
Mr Evan Chesler  photo Mr Evan Chesler Evan R. Chesler is Cravath’s Chairman. He has broad experience in both…
Mr Justin Clarke  photo Mr Justin Clarke Justin C. Clarke’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, antitrust and…
Ms Jennifer Conway  photo Ms Jennifer Conway Jennifer S. Conway is a partner in Cravath’s Executive Compensation and Benefits…
Ms Karin DeMasi  photo Ms Karin DeMasi Karin A. DeMasi is the Managing Partner of Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her…
Mr Nicholas Dorsey  photo Mr Nicholas Dorsey Nicholas A. Dorsey is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Thomas Dunn  photo Mr Thomas Dunn Thomas E. Dunn is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His diverse…
Mr J Wesley Earnhardt  photo Mr J Wesley Earnhardt J. Wesley Earnhardt has significant experience leading critical matters for clients in…
Mr Andrew Elken  photo Mr Andrew Elken Andrew C. Elken is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
 Yonatan Even photo Yonatan Even Yonatan Even has a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on…
Mr Christopher Fargo  photo Mr Christopher Fargo Christopher K. Fargo is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice…
Mr David Finkelstein  photo Mr David Finkelstein David S. Finkelstein is a partner in Cravath’s Trusts and Estates Department.…
 William Fogg photo William Fogg William V. Fogg is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Ms Katherine Forrest  photo Ms Katherine Forrest Katherine B. Forrest is a former U.S. District Judge for the Southern District…
Mr Michael Goldman  photo Mr Michael Goldman Michael S. Goldman is Head of Cravath’s Banking and Credit practice, and has been…
Mr Stephen Gordon  photo Mr Stephen Gordon Stephen L. Gordon is a partner at Cravath and was Head or…
Ms Sharonmoyee Goswami  photo Ms Sharonmoyee Goswami Sharonmoyee Goswami’s practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust and litigation involving complex…
Mr Mark Greene  photo Mr Mark Greene Mark I. Greene is the Head of Cravath’s Corporate Department and the…
Mr Aaron Gruber  photo Mr Aaron Gruber Aaron M. Gruber is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Benjamin Gruenstein  photo Mr Benjamin Gruenstein Benjamin Gruenstein is a member of Cravath’s Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice.…
Mr C Daniel Haaren  photo Mr C Daniel Haaren C. Daniel Haaren is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. He focuses his…
Mr Richard Hall  photo Mr Richard Hall Richard Hall is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for…
Mr Keith Hallam  photo Mr Keith Hallam Keith Hallam is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily…
 Damaris Hernández  photo Damaris Hernández Damaris Hernández focuses her practice on complex civil litigation related to securities,…
Mr Eric Hilfers  photo Mr Eric Hilfers Eric W. Hilfers is a partner and Head of Cravath’s Executive Compensation…
Ms Jenny Hochenberg  photo Ms Jenny Hochenberg Jenny Hochenberg is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. She focuses her…
Mr Keith Hummel  photo Mr Keith Hummel Keith R. Hummel has extensive experience litigating complex commercial, intellectual property and…
Mr David Kappos  photo Mr David Kappos David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath.  He is widely recognized as…
Mr Jonathan Katz  photo Mr Jonathan Katz Jonathan J. Katz is a partner in Cravath’s Executive Compensation and Benefits…
Ms Lauren Kennedy  photo Ms Lauren Kennedy Lauren R. Kennedy focuses her practice on complex civil litigation related to antitrust,…
Mr Stephen Kessing  photo Mr Stephen Kessing Stephen M. Kessing is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as Practice…
Ms Tatiana Lapushchik  photo Ms Tatiana Lapushchik Tatiana Lapushchik is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  Her practice focuses…
Ms Vanessa Lavely  photo Ms Vanessa Lavely Vanessa Lavely handles a wide variety of litigation cases, including antitrust, intellectual…
Ms Rory Leraris  photo Ms Rory Leraris Rory A. Leraris’s practice focuses on antitrust, M&A, securities and derivative litigation,…
Mr G.J. Ligelis Jr.  photo Mr G.J. Ligelis Jr. G.J. Ligelis Jr. is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Michael Mariani  photo Mr Michael Mariani Michael E. Mariani is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Darin McAtee  photo Mr Darin McAtee Darin P. McAtee has handled a wide variety of litigation cases, including…
Mr David Mercado  photo Mr David Mercado David Mercado is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice is…
Mr Matthew Morreale  photo Mr Matthew Morreale Matthew Morreale is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and leads its…
Ms Lauren Moskowitz  photo Ms Lauren Moskowitz Lauren Moskowitz has a broad practice with a particular focus on general…
Ms Kara Mungovan  photo Ms Kara Mungovan Kara L. Mungovan is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. Her practice…
Mr Omid Nasab  photo Mr Omid Nasab Omid H. Nasab is a trial lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes…
Mr Andrew Needham  photo Mr Andrew Needham Andrew W. Needham is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice…
Mr Evan Norris  photo Mr Evan Norris Evan Mehran Norris, a former federal prosecutor, focuses his practice on advising…
Ms Julie North  photo Ms Julie North Julie A. North has a broad litigation practice that encompasses general commercial,…
Mr Kevin Orsini  photo Mr Kevin Orsini Kevin J. Orsini is Co-Head of Cravath’s Litigation Department. He regularly plays…
Mr Michael Paskin  photo Mr Michael Paskin Michael A. Paskin focuses his practice on class actions and other complex litigation,…
Mr David Perkins  photo Mr David Perkins David J. Perkins is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  His diverse…
Mr Andrew Pitts  photo Mr Andrew Pitts Andrew J. Pitts is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Mr David Portilla photo Mr David Portilla
Mr Michael Reynolds  photo Mr Michael Reynolds Michael T. Reynolds represents a broad range of public and private companies as…
Ms Lauren Rosenberg  photo Ms Lauren Rosenberg Lauren M. Rosenberg focuses her practice on general commercial, antitrust and securities matters.
Ms Sasha Rosenthal-Larrea  photo Ms Sasha Rosenthal-Larrea Sasha Rosenthal-Larrea is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  She represents financial institutions…
Mr Antony Ryan  photo Mr Antony Ryan Antony L. Ryan handles a wide variety of litigation matters, focusing on…
Ms Faiza Saeed  photo Ms Faiza Saeed Faiza J. Saeed is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. She advises public companies, boards…
Mr Michael Schler  photo Mr Michael Schler Michael L. Schler is Of Counsel in Cravath’s Tax Department. He focuses…
Mr George Schoen  photo Mr George Schoen George F. Schoen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Ms Margaret Segall photo Ms Margaret Segall Maggie Segall is a member of the Firm’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Segall’s practice…
Ms Rachel Skaistis  photo Ms Rachel Skaistis Rachel G. Skaistis focuses her practice on advising boards of directors and…
Mr Daniel Slifkin  photo Mr Daniel Slifkin Over the course of Daniel Slifkin’s 30 years at the Firm, he…
Mr Richard Stark  photo Mr Richard Stark Richard J. Stark is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. He is…
Mr David Stuart  photo Mr David Stuart David M. Stuart represents and advises public and private companies, executives and…
Mr Erik Tavzel  photo Mr Erik Tavzel Erik R. Tavzel is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Ms Annmarie Terraciano  photo Ms Annmarie Terraciano Annmarie M. Terraciano is a senior attorney in Cravath’s Corporate Department. She advises…
Mr J Leonard Teti II  photo Mr J Leonard Teti II J. Leonard Teti II is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. He…
Mr Robert Townsend III  photo Mr Robert Townsend III Robert I. Townsend, III is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions…
Mr Minh Van Ngo  photo Mr Minh Van Ngo Minh Van Ngo is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Ms Christine Varney  photo Ms Christine Varney Christine A. Varney is the Chair of Cravath’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Varney has…
Ms Allison Wein  photo Ms Allison Wein Allison M. Wein is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice…
Mr John White  photo Mr John White John W. White is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Mr Joseph Zavaglia  photo Mr Joseph Zavaglia Joseph D. Zavaglia is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. He is…
Mr George Zobitz  photo Mr George Zobitz Jed Zobitz is the Managing Partner of Cravath’s Corporate Department. He works…
Mr Damien Zoubek  photo Mr Damien Zoubek Damien R. Zoubek is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Paul Zumbro  photo Mr Paul Zumbro Paul H. Zumbro is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
Number of Partners : 97
Number of Lawyers : 375

Firm overview: For over two centuries, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the world’s preeminent law firms. 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 clients across numerous industries in international transactions, including cross-border and U.S.-inbound mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and strategic investments. 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. In addition to—and often alongside—the transactions that the firm handles, Cravath is also a leading legal advisor for companies and boards in high-stakes corporate situations, including hostile takeovers and shareholder activism defense. Cravath’s tax department is known for their expertise in designing tax‑efficient structures for an array of US and non‑US transactions, including mergers, spin‑offs, joint ventures and private equity acquisitions. 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 advise and support clients on environmental matters in connection with corporate transactions and the challenges and opportunities associated with environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and climate change. 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 one of the most respected financing practices in the world. Its capital markets lawyers represent both issuers and investment banks in all types of US and non-US offerings. The firm’s US and foreign private issuer clients rely on Cravath’s expertise to resolve their most challenging issues before the SEC. Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from routine working capital facilities to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional and highly structured 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 and creditor‑side engagements, debtor-in-possession (DIP) and exit financing, advising independent directors and boards of directors, distressed and bankruptcy M&A (in court and out of court), advising bondholder and other ad hoc creditor groups and 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, OLX, Panamco, Republic of Argentina, Sadia, Safra Group, San Antonio Internacional, Univision, 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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Corporate David Mercado
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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.