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Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

The antitrust practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles contentious matters ranging from allegations of price-fixing, monopolization, and coordination in output to industry-wide conspiracy allegations for a vast variety of sectors and clients. Led by Christine Varney, the department is sought after for its experience and success rate in high-stakes civil litigation and class action cases, regularly handling matters at the intersection of antitrust with other areas, such as securities and intellectual property. ‘Standout star’ Kevin Orsini has defended claims on behalf of household names including American Express and Time Warner, while Evan Chesler brings to bear outstanding expertise in bet-the-company cases across a large range of industries. Other names to note are Peter Barbur, whose expertise spans antitrust issues such as securities litigation and other unlawful competition claims, as well as former FTC Assistant Director Daniel Zach who joined the firm at the end of 2021. All mentioned attorneys are located in the firm’s New York office.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Testimonials

‘Cravath has the smartest, most intense litigators in the country.’

‘Kevin Orsini is the standout star at Cravth.’

‘In large multi-defendant cases, Cravath gets the mix of leadership and collaboration right.’

Key clients

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

American Express Company (“AmEx”)

Biosense Webster, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Epic Games, Inc.

Facebook, Inc.

Illumina, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Qualcomm Incorporated

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Qualcomm Incorporated and winning a major Ninth Circuit decision vacating a district court ruling that had certified a class estimated to be the size of the entire U.S. adult population.
  • Representing Epic Games in two separate antitrust actions against Apple and Google, alleging that the companies are engaged in anticompetitive behavior in the distribution of software applications on mobile devices and in the processing of consumers’ payments for digital content used within mobile apps.
  • Representing Robinhood as lead counsel in dozens of lawsuits, including numerous putative class actions, involving antitrust and various other claims arising out of Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading in certain securities in the face of unprecedented market volatility.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP fields a strong team in the contentious financial services space, representing investment banks, private equity funds and asset management firms in a variety of high-profile disputes. The team remains highly focused on antitrust litigation, where its work includes defending clients accused of anti-competitive practices and the manipulation of rates and markets. The practice is also active in the fintech space, handling high-profile litigation such as the defense of Robinhood in claims stemming from the retail broker-dealer’s actions to restrict trading in volatile securities, such as shares in Gamestop and AMC. Daniel Slifkin is a key figure to note in the team; he is a long-standing figure in the space with deep experience across antitrust and securities litigation. Michael Paskin is another name to note in the antitrust space, while Lauren Moskowitz is noted for her work in RMBS disputes as well as in lawsuits alleging fraud and breach of contract. Elsewhere, Timothy Cameron is recognized for his experience in taking securities disputes to trial. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Testimonials

‘Cravath has the smartest litigators in the country.’

‘Kevin Orsini is a rock star’

Key clients

American Express Company

Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC

Dfinity Foundation

Folksam ömsesidig livförsäkring

Goldman Sachs & Co.

GreenSky, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Nomura International plc

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Rothschild & Co SCA

Westpac Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Folksam ömsesidig livförsäkring, Sweden’s largest insurance and financial services company, in an action asserting RICO claims premised upon alleged violations of Swedish financial regulations, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to murder, as well as claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and New York common law.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in a breach of contract and fraud action brought by its former client United Natural Foods, Inc. (“UNFI”) relating to the syndication of financing for UNFI’s $3 billion acquisition of SuperValu.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in litigation brought by SL-x IP S.á.r.l., the parent company of an electronic stock-loan trading platform, and its subsidiaries,  alleging a conspiracy by the defendant banks to boycott SL-x.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

The ‘uniformly excellent‘ trial lawyers of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP have a strong track record of representing defendants and plaintiffs in a wide array of commercial disputes. The practice covers alleged breaches of contract and business torts, such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with prospective business relations, employee 'raiding' claims and unfair competition claims. The offering also includes support in claims under various antitrust, securities or intellectual property laws, RICO and FCPA. Evan Chesler has experience in jury trials and mass tort litigation. David Marriott is considered to be ‘one of the most versatile in-court lawyers,‘ and Kevin Orsini acts as trusted advisor to companies such as Robinhood Markets, The Williams Companies, and PG&E Corporation. Omid Nasab is noted for acting in breach of contract, business torts, bankruptcy, environmental and securities matters. Lauren Moskowitz and Vanessa Lavely  are other key contacts for several high-profile clients. The team is based in New York.

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Testimonials

‘One of Cravath’s best attributes is the strength of its litigation bench. It is able to add staff, whether partners or associates, to matters and have the transition be seamless. As a client, I can trust that I’ll always have a dedicated, talented attorney handling my dispute.’

‘Cravath is extremely responsive to client needs. They are great communicators and tactical planners. Dave Marriott is a highly skilled litigator who is one of the most versatile in-court lawyers I’ve ever seen.’

‘In my matter, Lauren Moskowitz was brilliant.’

‘Great advice, but always practical and with an eye towards a good commercial outcome. Know the value of a resolution vs when to take the matter further. Exceptional strength in IP and antitrust.’

‘Second to none. Cravath’s lawyers are uniformly excellent — best-trained associates among New York firms. Combine intellectual strength with a practical approach. Never leave you in the lurch. Unparalleled client service. Expensive, but worth it.’

‘Michael Paskin is a true star.’

‘Cravath has the smartest litigators in the country.’

‘Kevin Orsini is a rock star.’

Key clients

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Epic Games, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

International Business Machines Corporation (“IBM”)

NCR Corporation

PG&E Corporation

Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Tesla Board of Directors

The Walt Disney Company

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a unanimous appellate ruling for Goldman Sachs affirming the complete dismissal of litigation brought by its former client United Natural Foods, Inc. (“UNFI”) relating to UNFI’s $3bn acquisition of SuperValu.
  • Representing Robinhood as lead counsel in dozens of lawsuits, including numerous putative class actions, arising out of Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading in certain securities in the face of unprecedented market volatility.
  • Representing IBM in a lawsuit filed in Utah federal court in which SCO accuses IBM of improperly contributing source code from the UNIX operating system to the ‘open source’ Linux operating system.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Evan Chesler Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Considered to be one of the best litigators in the US, Evan Chesler continues to be involved in jury trials in both trial and appellate courts, as well as in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. A current standout mandate is representing Starz Entertainment in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action which is scheduled to be tried next year. Chesler also continues to represent Elon Musk and Tesla board members in an action related to the board’s approval of a performance-based compensation plan for Mr. Musk, scheduled to be tried in April 2022. Chesler is based in the New York office.Daniel Slifkin Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. New-York based Daniel Slifkin‘s trial practice, of which securities disputes are an important component, continues to thrive. Slifkin is one of few litigators to have taken a securities fraud class action through to a jury verdict. A standout recent highlight is acting as first chair in a case relating to securities offerings conducted in connection with Occidental’s $57 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, the largest oil and gas merger in over 20 years, and he won a motion to dismiss a plaintiff’s claim of violations of federal security law in March 2021. Other key clients include Westpac Banking and Alcoa.David Marriott – Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. David Marriott has gained litigation and arbitration experience over several years in intellectual property and employment issues as well as in antitrust and securities matters. Marriott continues to work at the forefront of these issues, including acting for Viatris in a consolidated putative securities class action in 2021 in relation to its EpiPen product. In an upcoming jury trial, he is representing Alcon Laboratories in more than 50 class actions. Marriott is based in New York.Robert Baron - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Testimonials

‘Evan Chesler is the best trial lawyer in the US in my opinion.’

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          Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

          The sheer brilliance of the team can never be overstated‘, according to clients of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, with the firm offering extensive experience handling high-stakes, complex and non-traditional transaction-related litigation, often involving novel issues of law and requiring strategic coordination of multiple suits. The litigators work closely with the transactional corporate practice in the early stages of a proposed deal, as well as handling trials in Delaware and other fora across the US. The ‘simply stellarGary Bornstein, Robert Baron and and Kevin Orsini are the lead partners and clients note that ‘they come without ego, preconception or agenda‘. Rory Leraris also plays a central role in the practice. Along with Bornstein, he is currently representing Buckeye Partners in a putative class action arising from its $10.3bn merger with IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, in which plaintiffs allege that the company’s board authorized the filing of a materially incomplete and misleading preliminary proxy statement recommending Buckeye unitholders vote in favor of the proposed merger. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

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          Testimonials

          ‘The sheer brilliance of the team at Cravath can never be overstated. The team is insightful, reflective and really listens to the needs of its corporate clients. The energy and drive that the team puts into its work fosters the feeling that they really care about the results they achieve and thrive off the level of professionalism they provide to their clients. Not just a safe pair of hands, but the team you wouldn’t want to be without.’

          ‘The best thing about the individuals at Cravath is that they come without ego, preconception or agenda. The open, honest and reflective nature of the lawyers promotes a true collaboration between partner and client. Gary Bornstein – simply stellar!’

          Key clients

          Buckeye Partners, L.P.

          Cisco Systems, Inc.

          Deutsche Telekom AG

          Goldman Sachs & Co.

          Illumina, Inc.

          Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V.

          Occidental Petroleum Corporation

          Palantir Technologies, Inc.

          Precision Castparts Corp.

          Qualcomm Incorporated

          Reynolds American Inc.

          The Williams Companies, Inc.

          Work highlights

          • Representing Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s controlling stockholder, and certain Deutsche Telekom officers who served or are serving as T-Mobile directors in putative class action and derivative litigation alleging defendants breached their fiduciary duties in connection with TMobile’s merger with Sprint.
          • Representing Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Ethicon and certain J&J executives in litigation filed by Fortis Advisors, as representative of the former stockholders of Auris Health, alleging that defendants fraudulently induced Auris, a developer of surgical robotics technology, into merging with Ethicon.
          • Representing The Williams Companies in a breach of contract action seeking a contractual termination fee in the amount of $410 million plus interest in connection with the company’s now-terminated $37.7 billion combination with Energy Transfer Equity. A decision is pending.

          Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York has a ‘strong, reliable, experienced team with 'a very deep knowledge base that is combined with good business judgment‘, frequently handling the largest and most complex actions under federal securities laws. It has achieved numerous landmark decisions in high-profile cases for clients in industries as diverse as financial services, technology, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and real estate. It continued this tradition by winning the dismissal for Occidental Petroleum Corporation of putative securities class action litigation relating to securities offerings connected with its $57bn acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, a case led by head of litigation Daniel Slifkin Antony Ryan and Kevin Orsini are advising Robinhood Markets on dozens of lawsuits, centralized in Florida federal court, arising from its decision to halt trading of certain stocks, among them GameStop. Karin DeMasi , who is ‘impressive in the courtroom and has a strong presence before the judge' and the ‘super-responsive and thorough' Rachel Skaistis are standout practitioners. Lauren Moskowitz and Lauren Rosenberg are emerging talents. Richard Clary  retired from the firm in 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Daniel Slifkin

          Other key lawyers:

          Antony Ryan; Karin DeMasi; Rachel Skaistis; Lauren Mokowitz; Lauren Rosenberg; Lauren Kennedy; Kevin Orsini

          Testimonials

          ‘Always incredibly responsive with practicable and actionable advice. Very deep knowledge base that is combined with good business judgment.’

          ‘Rachel Skaistis  is super-responsive and thorough. Very level headed and not drawn into to needless fights on side issue. Strong reputation as an honest broker and straight shooter with clients and opposing counsel.’

          ‘The Cravath lawyers are simply smarter than other lawyers. And, for securities litigation they can bring in their corporate partners for expertise and they are absolutely best in class.’

          ‘Kevin Orsini is a super star. He is just the mix of aggressive and thougtful, of passion and intellect. He OWNS issues and treats the client like he is the in-house owenr.’

          ‘Strong, reliable, experienced team. The best for defense of securities litigation.’

          ‘Karen DeMasi and Lauren Kennedy were a great team to work with in the GreenSky matter. Karin was impressive in the courtroom and had a strong presence before the judge. She has very good instincts on when to push certain issues. They understood the nuances in the case and developed a sound strategy to overcome some challenging facts. We were able to obtain a very favorable settlement due in large part to their efforts. I would strongly recommend them.’

          Key clients

          Avon Products, Inc.

          Crown Castle International Corp.

          Dfinity Foundation

          First Solar Inc.

          Occidental Petroleum Corporation

          Peabody Energy Corporation

          Qualcomm Incorporated

          Robinhood Markets, Inc.

          Root, Inc.

          Tesla Board of Directors

          The Williams Companies, Inc.

          Westpac Banking Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation and certain of its officers and directors in putative securities class action litigation relating to securities offerings conducted in connection with Occidental’s $57 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum—the largest U.S. oil and gas merger in more than 20 years.
          • Representing Robinhood as lead counsel in dozens of lawsuits, including numerous putative class actions, involving securities and various other claims arising out of Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading in certain securitiesin the face of unprecedented market volatility.
          • Representing Tesla, Inc. CEO and board member Elon Musk in connection with a stockholder derivative action related to Tesla’s $2.1 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corporation, which was tried in July 2021 (decision pending).

          Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has maintained its illustrious reputation in the DCM space, advising on a range of registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S debt offerings for prestigious issuers and underwriters. This includes a variety of investment grade, high-yield, convertible and exchangeable debt securities. The core team has worked on a series of headline and high-value debt offerings, including representing the underwriters in the $13bn registered floating rate notes and fixed to floating rate notes offerings by JPMorgan, the largest ever bond sale by any bank. Craig Arcella and Andrew Pitts are leaders in the field, including in investment grade and high-yield debt transactions. William Fogg and Stephen Burns are also senior finance practitioners with an extensive record in the capital markets field, segment Scott Bennett is now an established senior name, and Nicholas Dorsey is amongst the next generation of top practitioners. Johnny Skumpija left the firm in March 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

          Other key lawyers:

          Nicholas Dorsey; Scott Bennett

          Key clients

          AerCap

          Ashland

          Booking

          Brunswick

          Burlington Northern Santa Fe

          Cable One

          Crown Castle

          GasLog

          Martin Marietta

          Nestlé

          Prosus

          Robinhood

          Work highlights

          • Represented Robinhood in its $3.6bn private placement of convertible notes and warrants.
          • Represented the underwriters in the $13bn registered floating rate notes and fixed to floating rate notes offerings by JPMorgan, the largest ever bond sale by any bank.
          • Represented Nestlé Holdings in its $5bn 144A/Reg. S notes offering.

          Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a hugely impressive client base of international issuers, despite it having just two offices, in New York and London; the firm has a large team of US lawyers in the UK capital. Along with an extensive list of corporate issuer clients, it has also landed engagements from a number of sovereign and supranational entities. Amongst a number of headline deals, it advised AerCap Ireland Capital Designated Activity Company and AerCap Global Aviation Trust in their $21bn registered fixed and floating rate senior notes offering and their $1bn registered senior notes offering. Craig Arcella is co-head of the finance practice and has an outstanding record in investment grade, high‑yield and convertible bond offerings, along with IPOs for international issuers. David Mercado  is another experienced figure in global offerings, especially for European and Latin American issuers; he previously completed a long stint in London. Andrew PittsNicholas Dorsey  and Scott Bennett are also key names.  

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

          Other key lawyers:

          David Mercado; Scott Bennett

          Key clients

          AerCap

          Burford

          Element Fleet

          Ferroglobe

          GasLog

          Nestlé

          Prosus

          Work highlights

          • Represented the managers, distributors or underwriters (led by Credit Suisse) in five note takedowns or offerings totalling $12.5bn of Credit Suisse Group AG or its wholly owned subsidiary Credit Suisse AG.
          • Represented the underwriters in the $858.3m IPO of On Holding.
          • Represented AerCap Ireland Capital Designated Activity Company and AerCap Global Aviation Trust in two notes offerings totalling $22bn.

          Finance > Commercial lending

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s lender-side practice is strong in the New York market, advising major banks as lead arrangers and administrative agents in a variety of complex, high value leveraged transactions. Tatiana Lapushchik  is a prolific dealmaker, and assists lending banks with transactions relating to sectors including energy, technology and retail. In addition to its representation of banks, the group also has a strong borrower-side practice, which frequently handles multicurrency mandates; managing partner George Zobitz ‘s representation of Viatris Inc. in its $4bn revolving credit facility and ¥40bn term loan facility was a undoubted highlight in 2021. Michael Goldman heads up the practice and has vast experience in all types of debt financing transactions, as does practice lead Stephen Kessing , who works with a range of corporate borrowers in addition to banks. Matthew Kelly was promoted to partner in January 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Michael Goldman; George Zobitz; Stephen Kessing

          Other key lawyers:

          Joseph Zavaglia; Tatiana Lapushchik; Matthew Kelly

          Key clients

          AdvanSix

          Amblin

          Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors

          Gannett

          Lindsay Goldberg

          Qualcomm

          Viatris

          WestRock

          AdvanSix

          Amblin

          Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors

          Gannett

          Lindsay Goldberg

          Qualcomm

          Viatris

          WestRock

          Work highlights

          • Represented Qualcomm Incorporated, as borrower, in its $4.47bn revolving credit facility.
          • Represented a Lindsay Goldberg portfolio company, Alpine US Bidco LLC, as borrower, in $550m of credit facilities to finance the acquisition of the North American bakery operations of ARYZTA AG.
          • Represented AdvanSix Inc., as borrower, in its $500m revolving credit facility.

          Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

          Based in New York, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a well-established reputation among the top teams in the United States offering environmental law advice in the context of transactional matters, and continues to be involved in standout deals in the market. The group attracts instructions from corporate clients in an array of high-value business transactions, ranging from M&A to financings, divestitures and shareholder engagement matters, where the team provides assistance with environmental liabilities, regulatory issues, post-closing obligations and environmental-related contractual disputes. Mandates involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, sustainability and climate change concerns also feature on the firm’s impressive portfolio. Matthew Morreale spearheads the environmental department; he has a wealth of experience in handling environmental issues arising in M&A, securities offerings and financing deals across the energy, heavy manufacturing, telecoms, retail and chemical industries, among others. Senior attorney Annmarie Terraciano , whose areas of activity include sustainability reporting, ESG issues, indemnification disputes and corporate transactions, is another key point of contact.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Morreale

          Other key lawyers:

          Annmarie Terraciano

          Key clients

          AerCap

          Ashland

          AngloGold Ashanti

          Deutsche Börse

          IBM

          Lindsay Goldberg

          Martin Marietta Materials

          National Grid

          Northrup Grumman

          Stanley, Black & Decker

          Swvl

          The Walt Disney Company

          Work highlights

          • Advised AerCap on the environmental law aspects of its $30bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric.
          • Assisted Martin Marietta Materials with the environmental law aspects of its $2.3bn acquisition of Lehigh West Region.
          • Advising Stanley Black & Decker on the environmental law aspects of its pending $1.6bn acquisition of the remaining 80 percent ownership stake in MTD and in its pending $375 m acquisition of Excel Industries.

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

          The ‘knowledgeable and dependable’ practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acts for its stellar roster of clients, including Disney, Amazon and Thermo Fisher Scientific, among others, in high-end M&A, as well as IPOs. Praised as ‘always on the ball’, the team has demonstrable experience assisting clients in the technology, energy, entertainment, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. Led by Eric Hilfers, the team is well-placed to handle interrelated securities, public disclosure, corporate governance and tax-related issues. Jonathan Katz is a key member of the group and advised Robinhood in its $1.9bn IPO. Jennifer Conway left the firm in January 2022, while Matthew Bobby was promoted to partner in January 2021 and advises on incentive compensation arrangements, as well as executive employment and separation agreements. All mentioned attorneys are based in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Eric Hilfers

          Other key lawyers:

          Jonathan Katz; Matthew Bobby

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is very responsive, always on the ball, knowledgeable and comes across as in control.’

          ‘Exceptional client service.’

          ‘Cravath has a knowledgeable and dependable executive compensation and benefits practice. They handle all of our exec comp legal needs, quickly and accurately.’

          Key clients

          AerCap

          Afterpay

          Amazon

          Ashland

          Daily Mail

          Disney

          IBM

          Lindsay Goldberg

          Robinhood

          Scientific Games

          Swvl

          Thermo Fisher Scientific

          Work highlights

          • Advising Amazon in its $8.45bn acquisition of MGM Studios.
          • Advising Robinhood in its $1.9bn IPO.
          • Advising Swvl in its $1.5bn SPAC combination with Queen’s Gambit.

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

          Elite New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP delivers first-rate expertise in M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, PIPE deals, SPAC transactions, spin-offs and strategic investments. Presiding partner Faiza Saeed is an expert in corporate governance, crisis management and takeover defense – she handles a wealth of major transactions, and is particularly formidable within the technology, biotech and media sectors. Robert Townsend has a track record in the telecoms and broadcasting industries, and Mark Greene's core strengths encompass M&A, securities matters, cross-border deals, proxy fights and private equity transactions. Richard Hall fronts the EMEA transactional offering, while George Schoen is a go-to for hostile and contested transactions. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Ting Chen, Aaron Gruber and Keith Hallam serve as eminent examples of the team’s bench strength, having already amassed track records in overseeing significant, multibillion-dollar transactions.

          Practice head(s):

          Faiza Saeed; Mark Greene; Robert Townsend; Richard Hall

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          Key clients

          AerCap

          Afterpay

          Amazon.com

          Daily Mail

          Deutsche Börse

          Deutsche Telekom

          Johnson & Johnson

          Lindsay Goldberg

          National Grid

          Northrop Grumman

          Thermo Fisher Scientific

          Viatris

          Work highlights

          • Represented AerCap in its $30bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric.
          • Representing Thermo Fisher Scientific in its pending $20.9bn acquisition of PPD.
          • Representing National Grid in its £7.8bn acquisition of Western Power Distribution from PPL and the pending $3.8bn sale of Narragansett Electricto PPL.

          Tax > International tax Tier 1

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is well-regarded for its experience constructing tax-efficient structures for cross-border M&A, spin-offs, SPACs, and private equity funds. In New York, ‘outstanding‘ practice head Lauren Angelilli focuses on tax aspects of cross-border joint ventures and SPACs, M&A, restructurings, and financing transactions. She works alongside Stephen Gordon, who covers international restructurings and joint ventures, as well as general corporate finance; Christopher Fargo, who advises on tax aspects of M&A, securities offers, and reorganizations; and Len Teti, who is highly regarded for his international tax work on behalf of key players in the pharma industry. International tax experts Andrew Davis and Arvind Ravichandran were both elected to partnership in November 2021 and joined the New York tax team in January 2022, while Ronald Creamer Jr. joined from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in September 2021. Andrew Needham retired in December 2021 while Kara Mungovan departed in November 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Lauren Angelilli

          Other key lawyers:

          Stephen Gordon; Christopher Fargo; Andrew Davis; Arvind Rachandran; Ronald Creamer; Len Teti

          Testimonials

          ‘High quality of tax practitioners. Good technical skills. Easy to work with. Develop good interpersonal relationships. Get to know the business and act as a supportive adviser.’

          Excellent project management in very large and complex M&A transactions. Clear and concise communication from the C suite on down. Extremely strong tax technical knowledge including complex cross border matters. Delivered work products on a timely basis.’

          Lauren Angelilli is an outstanding tax partner. She has an extremely deep tax technical knowledge. She is able to effectively manage large M&A projects with her team. She is also a very effective communicator and has the ability to effectively explain complex tax matters to senior management.’

          Key clients

          AerCap

          Afterpay

          Anglogold Ashanti

          Daily Mail

          Deutsche Börse

          Deutsche Telekom

          GW Pharmaceuticals

          IBM

          Just Eat Takeaway.com

          Prosus

          Proximo Spirits

          The Walt Disney Company

          Work highlights

          • Advised AerCap Holdings N.V. in connection with its $30bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric.
          • Advised Afterpay Limited in connection with its pending $29bn acquisition by Square, Inc.
          • Advised Daily Mail and General Trust plc in connection with the £1.425bn sale of Risk Management Solutions to Moody’s.

          Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

          A formidable roster of blue-chip entities turn to Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP for its capabilities in domestic and multinational tax structuring, spanning mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, SPACs and private equity fund formations at the highest echelons of the market. The practice is led by the ‘brilliant’ Lauren Angelilli , whose recent highlights include multi-billion dollar acquisitions in the healthcare and life sciences arenas. Stephen Gordon is noted for his expertise in corporate finance and joint ventures, while Leonard Teti’s broad skillset encompasses both transactions and IRS audits. Ronald Creamer, who joined from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in September 2021, is recognized especially for his cross-border acumen. Newly promoted partners Andrew Davis and Arvind Ravichandran are noted for their strengths in M&A tax and private equity investments, respectively. Kara Mungovan  has left the practice, while Andrew Needham and Michael Schler have retired. All named lawyers are based in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Lauren Angelilli

          Testimonials

          ‘In our view, Lauren is the rarest of individuals in the tax legal landscape — she is not only a brilliant tax lawyer but but also possesses the unique ability to distill complex tax matters into digestible nuggets and communicate them clearly and logically to the client.’

           

          Key clients

          Amazon

          Ashland

          GreenSky

          IBM

          Johnson & Johnson

          Northrop Grumman

          Quibi

          Robinhood

          Scientific Games

          SPANX

          Thermo Fisher Scientific

          Viatris

           

          Work highlights

          • Advising Johnson & Johnson in the planned separation of its Consumer Health business, which will create two global leaders.
          • Advising Thermo Fisher Scientific in connection with its pending $20.9 billion acquisition of PPD.
          • Advising Amazon in connection with its pending $8.45bn acquisition of MGM.

          Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP remains highly active in merger clearances, working in close collaboration with the firm’s dominant M&A practice on HSR filings, FTC and DOJ investigations, including Second Requests, and contentious merger review proceedings. The ‘results-oriented‘ team has seen success in several of its major ongoing transactions, including representing Mylan in its completed merger with Upjohn to form Viatris, and Illumina in its $8bn acquisition of GRAIL, and is also acting on major new transactions including Afterpay’s purchase by Square, and AerCap’s acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric. This reflects the firm’s broad blue-chip client base and capabilities in a range of highly scrutinised market sectors, including pharma, tech, and utilities. Practice head Christine Varney is former Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ Antitrust Division, offering vast expertise in review processes for high-stakes, multijurisdictional mergers, alongside a strong record in merger litigation. Maggie Segall continues to establish herself at the top table, playing a key role in the ongoing AerCap and Afterpay mandates, and is increasingly sought-after by major clients for complex and heavily scrutinised deals. All lawyers are in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Christine Varney

          Other key lawyers:

          Maggie Segall; Richard Hall

          Testimonials

          ‘Among the very best at steering a merger through the review process. They are sophisticated and keen advocates. And have a highly diverse team.’

          ‘Christine Varney is a board level, sophisticated antitrust attorney. She sees the full picture and helps clients through their toughest issues. Maggie Segal is truly one of the finest antitrust attorneys I’ve worked with.’

          ‘Excellent team, with the partner Richard Hall, very much on top on both the clients and his team.’

          ‘The Cravath team is unique in it’s ability to develop holistic, strategic, long-term relationships with clients. They truly get to know the business at a deeper level, which makes transactional work not only more effective and successful, but more efficient and economical.’

          ‘The individuals I work with at Cravath are an extension of my internal team. They are even providing value when they are not engaged in a specific transaction, either through keeping an eye out for great talent, advising on industry issues that may impact our business, or potential deals that may be of interest or may impact our strategy.’

          ‘Antitrust is an area where many claim to have expertise but only a few firms really shine. Cravath is one of those few.’

          ‘Christine Varney is a deep subject matter expert, long-time practitioner, and a force to be reckoned with. She is terrific with executive leadership and boards – a clear and confident communicator and strategist.’

          Key clients

          AmerisourceBergen Corporation

          AerCap Holdings N.V.

          Afterpay Limited

          Centrica plc

          GW Pharmaceuticals plc

          Illumina, Inc.

          International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

          Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V.

          National Grid plc

          Swvl Inc.

          Prosus N.V.

          Scientific Games Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Represented Mylan N.V. on antitrust issues in connection with its $50billion combination with Upjohn, Pfizer Inc.’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business, to form Viatris Inc.
          • Representing AerCap Holdings N.V. on antitrust issues in connection with its pending $30 billion acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric.
          • Represented Illumina, Inc. on antitrust issues in connection with its $8 billion acquisition of GRAIL, Inc.

          Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s multi-talented capital markets team typically lands a sizeable market share of headline and high-value IPOs and other equity offerings. Despite the team’s relatively small size compared to major competitors, it has an outstanding record in both issuer and underwriter engagements; it advised Robinhood Markets on its $1.9bn IPO. The group operates across multiple sectors and has also landed a number of SPAC IPO mandates. William Fogg and Andrew Pitts are especially prolific advisers on equity offerings, along with Scott Bennett and Nicholas Dorsey . Johnny Skumpija  has joined Sidley Austin LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

          Other key lawyers:

          Scott Bennett; Nicholas Dorsey

          Key clients

          Convey Health

          Crown Castle

          CyrusOne

          Ferroglobe

          IsoPlexis

          Lazard

          MediaAlpha

          New Fortress Energy

          PG&E

          Robinhood

          Work highlights

          • Represented Robinhood Markets in its $1.9bn IPO.
          • Represented the underwriters in the $858m registered IPO of On Holding.
          • Represented the underwriters in three equity offerings of JPMorgan totalling $5.35bn.

          Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is highly rated for complex and high-value deals; it does not have the volume of transactions that some of its competitors have. Many of its high-yield debt engagements relate to major acquisition and spin-off transactions. It has an outstanding client list of issuers and bulge-bracket underwriters, with a weighting towards underwriter mandates. Andrew Pitts, William Fogg and Craig Arcella are amongst the leading names in the market, along with Joseph Zavaglia, who has advised on a series of headline deals, including advising initial purchasers and the dealer managers in a series of offerings by CHS/Community Health Systems. Matthew Jones was promoted to partner in January 2021 and Johnny Skumpija joined Sidley Austin LLP in March 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Burns; William Fogg; Craig Arcella; Andrew Pitts

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Burford

          Cable One

          Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors

          Gannett

          New Fortress Energy

          Occidental Petroleum

          US Foods

          Vista Outdoor

          Work highlights

          • Represented the initial purchasers in the $1.2bn 144A/Reg S high-yield senior notes offering of NCR, proceeds of which were used to finance the acquisition of Cardtronics.
          • Represented Occidental Petroleum in its $2bn registered high-yield senior notes offering and its concurrent $2.3bn cash tender offer and consent solicitation.
          • Represented the initial purchasers in the $600m 144A/Reg S high-yield senior notes offering of Victoria’s Secret. The notes were offered in connection with the spin-off of Victoria’s Secret from L Brands.

          M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 2

          At Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, ESG matters have emerged as an increasingly important area of work for the multidisciplinary group, which works with all major activists and represents clients in the chemical, utilities, and logistics sectors. Robert Townsend III leads the M&A team for North America with corporate department head Mark Greene. They are supported by Keith Hallam, whose practice focuses on M&A and activist defense work. All named practitioners are based in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Mark Greene; Robert Townsend III

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Canadian National Railway

          Corteva

          Evergy

          Forward Air

          Southwest Gas

          ViewRay

          Work highlights

          • Represented Corteva, Inc. in its agreement with Starboard Value LP.
          • Representing Southwest Gas in connection with its interactions with Carl Icahn.
          • Representing Canadian National Railway Company in connection with its interactions with TCI Fund Management Limited.

          Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s combination of transactional and regulatory expertise has made it a compelling choice for some of the country’s largest banking and fintech operators. Corporate partner Scott Bennett has an extremely strong track record representing issuers and underwriters in related public and private securities offerings. The firm’s representation of the online trading platform Robinhood Markets in 2021 is demonstrative of its cross-practice approach to supporting clients. This included the company’s $1.9bn Nasdaq IPO, a $3.4bn private placement of convertible notes and warrants, and the successful dismissal of several lawsuits, led by litigation partner Kevin Orsini, concerning Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading during the volatile GamesStop short squeeze. The regulatory side of the practice was also boosted following the recruitment of financial services partner David Portilla from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Practice head and IP partner David Kappos is a key asset, working closely with corporate and regulatory partners on related blockchain and fintech issues.

          Practice head(s):

          David Kappos

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Afterpay

          American Express

          Deutsche Börse

          Dfinity

          GreenSky

          IBM

          Robinhood

          SIFMA

          Work highlights

          • Represented Robinhood in its $1.9bn IPO and in litigation involving antitrust, breach of contract, securities and various other state and federal claims arising out of Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading in certain securities in the face of unprecedented market volatility.
          • Representing Afterpay in its pending $29bn acquisition by Square.
          • Representing Dfinity, an international organization developing blockchain technology, in a series of securities litigations concerning the issuance of utility tokens.

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

          A force in court‘, New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP specialises in antitrust cases and pre-trial investigations with particular expertise pertaining to the gaming industry and digital distribution, especially pertaining to interactive home entertainment. Former US District Judge Katherine Forrest  is a renowned litigator who leads the team in the firm’s representation of Epic Games, Inc. against Google LLC and Apple Inc., respectively. Alongside her is co-head J Wesley Earnhardt , a specialist in complementary areas such as contracts, business torts, and financial restructuring. Co-head of the litigation department Kevin Orsini advises the media and entertainment industry in matters of antitrust, securities, and other commercial law. Additionally recommended is Lauren Moskowitz who also represents clients in increasingly IP-related cases.

          Practice head(s):

          Katherine Forrest; Kevin Orsini

          Other key lawyers:

          J. Wesley Earnhardt; Lauren Moskowitz

          Testimonials

          ‘Cravath is a premier law firm and at the top of all firms for litigation in Media and entertainment. Supreme skill; tremendous depth; first rate practical judgement. A force in court.’

          ‘Katherine Forrest – one of the best trial lawyers and in court lawyers in the U.S. Lauren Moskowitz – emerging into the top tier of highly skilled trial and appellate lawyers.’

          Key clients

          Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

          Epic Games, Inc.

          Facebook, Inc.

          Hasbro, Inc.

          Home Box Office, Inc.

          Quibi Holdings, LLC

          Scientific Games Corporation

          SciPlay Corporation

          Starz Entertainment, LLC

          Independent Directors of Viacom Inc.

          The Walt Disney Company

          Warner Media, LLC

          Work highlights

          • Representing Epic Games, Inc. in two anticompetitive behavior allegations against Apple and Google, regarding mobile phone app distribution and processing of consumers’ payments.
          • Representing Starz Entertainment, LLC in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action against MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC.
          • Representing The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary FSLA Holdings LLC in an alleged breach of contract filed by Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. arising out of Disney’s agreement to divest broadcasting assets in Mexico.

          Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 2

          M&A and capital markets are natural sweet spots for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, but the firm’s technology transactions expertise goes well beyond pure corporate finance. The group’s transactional credentials cover a broad range sectors and emerging technologies including fintech, blockchain, artificial intelligence, open source software and robotics. This includes advice on technology licensing and development agreements and the strategic management of technology assets and related commercialization programs. Much of this is underpinned by partner David Kappos, the firm’s leading IP lawyer who regularly assists corporate and banking clients on IP heavy transactions, such as Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM. Additional support from lawyers in key areas such as antitrust adds further weight to the offering. Corporate partner George Schoen has an extremely strong reputation for M&A and joint ventures across all corners of the technology market. Corporate partner Keith Hallam is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          David Kappos; George Schoen

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Afterpay

          Aras

          Deutsche Börse

          Deutsche Telekom

          Disney

          GreenSky

          Hibu

          IBM

          Illumina

          Just Eat Takeaway.com

          Prosus

          Robinhood

          Scientific Games

          Swvl

          Work highlights

          • Represented Robinhood in its $1.9 billion IPO.
          • Representing Afterpay in its pending $29billion acquisition by Square.
          • Representing Amazon in its pending $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM.

          Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

          With a team covering transactions pertaining to wireless, semiconductors, and cable both on the surface as well as submarine, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP covers the whole of the traditional telecoms and broadcast industry, both in the US and cross-border transactions. Robert Townsend III leads the practice from New York, focusing his expertise on M&A and corporate governance. He is representing Hawaiian Telecom Holdco Inc. in the $50m acquisition of inter-island submarine and middle-mile terrestrial fiber infrastructure assets owned by the bankruptcy estate of Paniolo Cable Company, LLC. A highly active part of Townsend’s team and involved in the firm’s recent most outstanding matters is Andrew Elken , another specialist in M&A and corporate governance as well as general corporate matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Robert Townsend III

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Elken

          Key clients

          Bharti

          Cable One

          CommScope

          Crown Castle

          CyrusOne

          Deutsche Telekom

          Hawaiian Telcom

          QUALCOMM

          Rogers Communications

          The Walt Disney Company

          Univision

          Work highlights

          • Represented Cable One in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Hargray Communications.
          • Representing Deutsche Telekom in the pending $4.894 billion agreement with SoftBank to increase DT’s ownership stake in T-Mobile US.
          • Representing Rogers Communications in its pending C$26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications.

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

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles a range of international enforcement and white-collar crime matters for companies, boards of directors and senior executives. The firm is well versed in crisis management and often handles multi-agency investigations brought by the DOJ and SEC, and foreign criminal and regulatory authorities. The team is led in New York by Rachel Skaistis, John BurettaBenjamin GruensteinDavid Stuart and Evan Norris. Buretta is a DOJ alumnus who is recommended for internal investigations, criminal defense matters, regulatory compliance and civil litigation, while Skaistis is a name to note for financial crime, and FCPA and False Claims Act (FCA) matters.

          Practice head(s):

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

          Testimonials

          ‘Simply put, the most talented lawyers I have worked with in the field.’

          ‘The Cravath team has the best legal skills out there but also has a best in class business approach to working with companies.’

          ‘John Buretta is an extremely thoughtful and analytical lawyer.’

          ‘Evan Norris is creative, energetic, and terrific legal thinker.’

          ‘Simply exceptional.’

          ‘Calm under pressure, reassuring bed-side manner for clients, tactical and strategic’.

          ‘John Buretta is an absolute star; nothing phases him and he has the ear of both the US authorities and client boards.’

          ‘Evan Norris is very calm and reassuring.’

          Key clients

          PG&E Corporation

          SBM Offshore N.V.

          Telia Company

          Qualcomm Incorporated

          Nomura International plc

          Work highlights

          • Advised Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and its parent company, PG&E Corporation (together, “PG&E”), through every facet of PG&E’s response to the unprecedented 2017 and 2018 California wildfires—including multiple investigative, criminal and regulatory dimensions.
          • Represented SBM Offshore in satisfying its reporting and compliance obligations to the Department of Justice under its deferred prosecution agreement, which concluded in November 2020.
          • John Buretta served as the independent compliance monitor appointed by the NHTSA to oversee Takata and 19 auto manufacturers affected by the Takata airbag recalls; the monitorship concluded in January 2021.

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

          With a strong focus on M&A, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advises key players in media and entertainment such as Disney and Hasbro on the corporate aspects of transactions including banking, financial restructuring, capital market offerings, and tax. Faiza Saeed leads the practice out of New York, focusing her expertise on M&A, corporate governance, and crisis management and leads the team in their representation of Quibi.  

          Practice head(s):

          Faiza Saeed

          Key clients

          Amazon

          Amblin

          Cable One

          CommScope

          Daily Mail

          Disney

          Gannett

          Hasbro

          Quibi

          Rogers Communications

          Scientific Games

          The Weinstein Company

          Work highlights

          • Representing Amazon in its pending $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM Studios.
          • Representing Disney in the pending sale of a majority stake in Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico to ViacomCBS.
          • Representing Quibi and its Board of Directors in connection with its out of court winddown process and represented the company’s sale to Roku.

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

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP frequently handles appellate work for matters in which it was involved in the trial court litigation, but it also takes on appeals handled by other firms at trial stage. The New York-based team, which acts for both appellants and appellees, is best known for its representation of clients in intermediate appeals in federal and state courts nationwide. In a significant recent highlight, Gary Bornstein and Yonatan Even won a major Ninth Circuit decision for Qualcomm Incorporated, vacating a district court ruling that had certified a historically large class action.

          Testimonials

          ‘Appellate lawyers of excellence. Superb writers and superb analysis of winning arguments on appeal.

          ‘I would place Evan Chesler at the very top of all trial and appellate lawyers in America.’

          Lauren Moskowitz is emerging as an appellate star; a calm and collected presence.’

          Key clients

          Alarm.com Inc.

          American Express Company (“AmEx”)

          Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

          Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

          Colgate-Palmolive Company

          Epic Games, Inc.

          Goldman Sachs & Co.

          Nomura International plc

          PG&E Corporation

          Qualcomm Incorporated

          Rothschild & Co SCA

          Starz Entertainment, LLC

          Work highlights

          • Scored a major Ninth Circuit victory for Qualcomm Incorporated, vacating a district court ruling that had certified a class estimated to be the size of the entire US adult population.
          • Secured a unanimous appellate ruling for Goldman Sachs affirming the complete dismissal of litigation brought by its former client United Natural Foods (UNFI), relating to UNFI’s $3bn acquisition of SuperValu.
          • Represented Starz Entertainment in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action against MGM Domestic Television.

          Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP fields a group of ‘superb trial lawyers with a long track record in dealing with complex patent litigation’, who are particularly well-versed in the life sciences, ‘including biologics and technology’, medical devices and telecommunications sectors. New York-based practitioners Keith Hummel, who has a ‘particular expertise in handling complex, often multi-jurisdictional patent disputes’, and Sharonmoyee Goswami are the key contacts of the practice, which brings to bear its extensive transactional expertise, and is also a solid choice for commercial litigation frequently arising from IP matters, such as antitrust and breach of license claims. Richard Stark  retired in December 2021.

          Testimonials

          The firm has superb trial lawyers with a long track record in dealing with complex patent litigation. It is particularly known for handling complex often multi-jurisdictional litigation in relation to medical devices, life sciences including biologics and technology.’

          Keith Hummel is a superb lawyer with a particular expertise in handling complex, often multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. He is exceptional at complex patent matters. He is frequently called in to coordinate multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. He is incredibly knowledgeable, creative and pragmatic and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

          Keith Hummel is incredible – he brings unique and effective insights to every issue, he effectively communicates internally and externally, and he delivers high-quality results without exception.’

          Everyone from partners to associates are fantastic, highly responsive and deliver quality insights and work product.’

          Among other talents, they have a gift for simplifying seemingly complex issues and crafting a path to a successful solution. When stakes are high in a patent case, Cravath is the team to engage.’

          For individuals who stand out, I think of Keith Hummel.’

          Key clients

          Abiomed Inc.

          Alarm.com Inc.

          Axalta Coating Systems, LLC

          Blue Yonder Group, Inc.

          CRISPR Therapeutics

          Illumina, Inc.

          Quibi Holdings, LLC

          Vitaworks IP, LLC

          Work highlights

          • Representing Abiomed in two patent infringement matters relating to patents for guidance systems used to place intravascular blood pumps.
          • Representing Axalta Coating Systems, LLC in patent infringement litigation filed by PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. and PPG Industries, Inc. alleging that Axalta infringes a PPG patent claiming a three-layer coating system.
          • Representing Vitaworks as plaintiff in patent litigation against several entities alleging infringement of 11 Vitaworks patents for improved methods of manufacturing taurine.

          Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 6

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP substantially bolstered its expertise in non-contentious financial services regulation in February 2021 with the addition of David Portilla from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Portilla, a highly-regarded specialist in this area, acts for a number of trade associations in engaging with regulators and also assists banks on compliance with Dodd-Frank regulations. Portilla also works alongside the firm’s corporate practice to handle M&A transactions involving financial services companies. The firm is based in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          David Portilla

          Testimonials

          ‘David Portilla is our go-to advisor for understanding the application of the US banking regulatory framework to our investments, as a non-US bank with activities in the US. He impresses by applying his mastery of the law pragmatically to the issues at hand.’

          Key clients

          Afterpay

          Dfinity

          ECN Capital

          GreenSky

          Managed Funds Association

          Mizuho

          Natixis

          Nomura

          Royal Bank of Canada

          Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

          Silicon Valley Bank

          Westpac Banking Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Representing ECN Capital in the pending $2 billion sale of its Service Finance business to Truist Bank.
          • Provided regulatory advice to SIFMA in connection with their response to the Basel Committee’s consultation on preliminary proposals for the prudential treatment of banks’ crypto asset exposures.
          • Representing GreenSky in connection with its pending $2.24 billion acquisitionby Goldman Sachs.

          Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 3

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has an outstanding record in equity and debt offerings, including high-yield debt. This has allowed it to develop a fine standing in global offerings, including those originating from Latin America. In 2020, it advised initial purchasers on the $500m senior notes offering by ENGIE Energía Chile, the leading electricity generation company. David Mercado has a longstanding focus on Latin America, covering both M&A and capital markets transactions. Sasha Rosenthal‑Larrea provides further senior expertise in investment grade and high-yield debt.

          Practice head(s):

          David Mercado

          Testimonials

          ‘Cravath remains true to its strategy of only looking at complex issues for sophisticated clients, and not looking for market share or league table credit alone. Partners are very hands-on and add more value than everyone else. They work very well in and as a team.’

          ‘The business sense of its partners and lawyers, and the determination to provide strategic advice and not simply close the matter, is a huge differentiator. They are true trusted advisers to the board of directors and the board. They are the best.’

          Key clients

          Anheuser-Busch InBev

          Avon

          Bacardi

          Naspers

          New Fortress Energy

          OLX

          Work highlights

          • Represented the initial purchasers in the $500m 144A/Reg S senior notes offering by ENGIE Energía Chile, the leading electricity generation company and energy services provider.
          • Represented the initial purchasers in the $500m 144A/Reg S notes offering by Inversiones CMPC.
          • Represented New Fortress Energy in its $1bn 144A/Reg S high-yield senior secured notes offering; New Fortress Energy has significant operations in Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

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

          Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's celebrated standing in cross-border M&A, involves a substantial flow of Latin America deals. It represents both multinationals and multilatinas in big-ticket transactions. It advised OLX Brazil in its R$2.9bn acquisition of Grupo ZAP; OLX Brazil is the 50/50 joint venture between Prosus and Adevinta, and is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Brazil. David Mercado has huge experience in Latin America deals, while many of his New York partners also have executed numerous deals in the region.

          Practice head(s):

          David Mercado

          Testimonials

          ‘Cravath has the best team of international M&A lawyers. The business sense of its partners and attorneys is unique and makes them much more than just M&A legal counsel. They have worked on many of the largest and most complex international M&A operations and this gives Cravath unique experience and knowledge in the market. The fact that they do not focus on transaction volume, but on transaction complexity and customers makes them unique.’

          ‘The business sense of its partners and lawyers, and the vocation to provide strategic advice and not simply close the matter is a huge differentiator. They are true trusted advisers to the board of directors and the board. They are the best.’

          Key clients

          Anheuser-Busch InBev

          Avon

          Bacardi

          HBO

          IBM

          Naspers

          New Fortress Energy

          OLX

          Univision

          Work highlights

          • Represented OLX Brazil in its $570m  acquisition of Grupo ZAP; OLX Brazil is the 50/50 joint venture between Prosus and Adevinta, and is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Brazil.
          • Represented HBO in its acquisition of Ole Communications’ minority stakes in HBO Ole Partners and HBO Brasil Partners.
          • Advised IBM on its acquisition of WDG Soluções Em Sistemas E Automação De Processos, a Brazilian software provider of robotic process automation.
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          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.

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          Presiding Partner Faiza J Saeed
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          Michael Addis photoMr Michael AddisMichael P. Addis primarily focuses his practice on complex civil litigation related…
          Lauren Angelilli photoMs Lauren AngelilliLauren Angelilli is a partner at Cravath and serves as Head of…
          Craig Arcella photoMr Craig ArcellaCraig F. Arcella is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          Peter Barbur photoMr Peter BarburPeter T. Barbur handles a wide variety of antitrust, intellectual property and…
          Robert Baron photoMr Robert BaronRobert H. Baron has handled major commercial cases brought as individual and class…
          D Scott Bennett photoMr D Scott BennettScott Bennett is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily…
          Gary Bornstein photoMr Gary BornsteinGary A. Bornstein is Co-Head of Cravath’s Litigation Department. He handles a…
          John Buretta photoMr John BurettaJohn D. Buretta, a former senior U.S. Department of Justice official, focuses his…
          Stephen Burns photoMr Stephen BurnsStephen L. Burns is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          Timothy Cameron photoMr Timothy CameronTimothy G. Cameron focuses his practice on a broad range of litigation…
          Ting Chen photoMs Ting ChenTing S. Chen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice…
          Evan Chesler photoMr Evan CheslerEvan R. Chesler is Cravath’s Chairman. He has broad experience in both…
          Justin Clarke photoMr Justin ClarkeJustin C. Clarke’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, antitrust and…
          Ronald Creamer Jr. photoMr Ronald Creamer Jr.Ron Creamer is a seasoned tax practitioner in all types of acquisitions…
          Karin DeMasi photoMs Karin DeMasiKarin A. DeMasi is the Managing Partner of Cravath’s Litigation Department. Her…
          Nicholas Dorsey photoMr Nicholas DorseyNicholas A. Dorsey is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Thomas Dunn photoMr Thomas DunnThomas E. Dunn is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His diverse…
          J Wesley Earnhardt photoMr J Wesley EarnhardtJ. Wesley Earnhardt has significant experience leading critical matters for clients in…
          Andrew Elken photoMr Andrew ElkenAndrew C. Elken is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Yonatan Even photoMr Yonatan EvenYonatan Even has a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on…
          Christopher Fargo photoMr Christopher FargoChristopher K. Fargo is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice…
          David Finkelstein photoMr David FinkelsteinDavid S. Finkelstein is a partner in Cravath’s Trusts and Estates Department.…
          William Fogg photoMr William FoggWilliam V. Fogg is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          Katherine Forrest photoMs Katherine ForrestKatherine B. Forrest is a former U.S. District Judge for the Southern District…
          Helam Gebremariam photoMs Helam GebremariamHelam Gebremariam’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation (including in the areas…
          Michael Goldman photoMr Michael GoldmanMichael S. Goldman is Head of Cravath’s Banking and Credit practice, and has been…
          Stephen Gordon photoMr Stephen GordonStephen L. Gordon is a partner at Cravath and was Head or…
          Sharonmoyee Goswami photoMs Sharonmoyee GoswamiSharonmoyee Goswami’s practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust and litigation involving complex…
          Mark Greene photoMr Mark GreeneMark I. Greene is the Head of Cravath’s Corporate Department and the…
          Aaron Gruber photoMr Aaron GruberAaron M. Gruber is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Benjamin Gruenstein photoMr Benjamin GruensteinBenjamin Gruenstein is a member of Cravath’s Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice.…
          C Daniel Haaren photoMr C Daniel HaarenC. Daniel Haaren is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. He focuses his…
          Richard Hall photoMr Richard HallRichard Hall is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for…
          O. Keith Hallam III photoMr O. Keith Hallam IIIKeith Hallam is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily…
          Damaris Hernández photoMs Damaris HernándezDamaris Hernández focuses her practice on complex civil litigation related to securities,…
          Eric Hilfers photoMr Eric HilfersEric W. Hilfers is a partner and Head of Cravath’s Executive Compensation…
          Jenny Hochenberg photoMs Jenny HochenbergJenny Hochenberg is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. She focuses her…
          Keith Hummel photoMr Keith HummelKeith R. Hummel has extensive experience litigating complex commercial, intellectual property and…
          David Kappos photoMr David KapposDavid J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath.  He is widely recognized as…
          Jonathan Katz photoMr Jonathan KatzJonathan J. Katz is a partner in Cravath’s Executive Compensation and Benefits…
          Lauren Kennedy photoMs Lauren KennedyLauren R. Kennedy focuses her practice on complex civil litigation related to antitrust,…
          Stephen Kessing photoMr Stephen KessingStephen M. Kessing is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as Practice…
          David Korn photoMr David KornDavid H. Korn focuses his practice on complex litigation, particularly in the…
          Tatiana Lapushchik photoMs Tatiana LapushchikTatiana Lapushchik is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  Her practice focuses…
          Vanessa Lavely photoMs Vanessa LavelyVanessa Lavely handles a wide variety of litigation cases, including antitrust, intellectual…
          Rory Leraris photoMs Rory LerarisRory A. Leraris’s practice focuses on antitrust, M&A, securities and derivative litigation,…
          G.J. Ligelis Jr. photoMr G.J. Ligelis Jr.G.J. Ligelis Jr. is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Michael Mariani photoMr Michael MarianiMichael E. Mariani is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          David Marriott photoMr David MarriottDavid R. Marriott focuses his practice on the litigation of complex disputes,…
          Darin McAtee photoMr Darin McAteeDarin P. McAtee has handled a wide variety of litigation cases, including…
          David Mercado photoMr David MercadoDavid Mercado is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice is…
          Matthew Morreale photoMr Matthew MorrealeMatthew Morreale is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and leads its…
          Lauren Moskowitz photoMs Lauren MoskowitzLauren Moskowitz has a broad practice with a particular focus on general…
          Omid Nasab photoMr Omid NasabOmid H. Nasab is a trial lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes…
          Evan Norris photoMr Evan NorrisEvan Mehran Norris, a former federal prosecutor, focuses his practice on advising…
          Julie North photoMs Julie NorthJulie A. North has a broad litigation practice that encompasses general commercial,…
          Kevin Orsini photoMr Kevin OrsiniKevin J. Orsini is Co-Head of Cravath’s Litigation Department. He regularly plays…
          Michael Paskin photoMr Michael PaskinMichael A. Paskin focuses his practice on class actions and other complex litigation,…
          David Perkins photoMr David PerkinsDavid J. Perkins is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  His diverse…
          Andrew Pitts photoMr Andrew PittsAndrew J. Pitts is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          David Portilla photoMr David Portilla
          Michael Reynolds photoMr Michael ReynoldsMichael T. Reynolds represents a broad range of public and private companies as…
          Lauren Rosenberg photoMs Lauren RosenbergLauren M. Rosenberg focuses her practice on general commercial, antitrust and securities matters.
          Sasha Rosenthal-Larrea photoMs Sasha Rosenthal-LarreaSasha Rosenthal-Larrea is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  She represents financial institutions…
          Antony Ryan photoMr Antony RyanAntony L. Ryan handles a wide variety of litigation matters, focusing on…
          Faiza Saeed photoMs Faiza SaeedFaiza J. Saeed is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. She advises public companies, boards…
          Michael Schler photoMr Michael SchlerMichael L. Schler is Of Counsel in Cravath’s Tax Department. He focuses…
          George Schoen photoMr George SchoenGeorge F. Schoen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Margaret Segall photoMs Margaret SegallMaggie Segall is a member of the Firm’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Segall’s practice…
          Rachel Skaistis photoMs Rachel SkaistisRachel G. Skaistis focuses her practice on advising boards of directors and…
          Daniel Slifkin photoMr Daniel SlifkinOver the course of Daniel Slifkin’s 30 years at the Firm, he…
          Richard Stark photoMr Richard StarkRichard J. Stark is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. He is…
          David Stuart photoMr David StuartDavid M. Stuart represents and advises public and private companies, executives and…
          Brittany Sukiennik photoMs Brittany SukiennikBrittany L. Sukiennik focuses her practice on general commercial litigation.
          Erik Tavzel photoMr Erik TavzelErik R. Tavzel is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Annmarie Terraciano photoMs Annmarie TerracianoAnnmarie M. Terraciano is a senior attorney in Cravath’s Corporate Department. She advises…
          J Leonard Teti II photoMr J Leonard Teti IIJ. Leonard Teti II is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. He…
          Robert Townsend III photoMr Robert Townsend IIIRobert I. Townsend, III is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions…
          Minh Van Ngo photoMr Minh Van NgoMinh Van Ngo is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice…
          Christine Varney photoMs Christine VarneyChristine A. Varney is the Chair of Cravath’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Varney has…
          Allison Wein photoMs Allison WeinAllison M. Wein is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice…
          John White photoMr John WhiteJohn W. White is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          Joseph Zavaglia photoMr Joseph ZavagliaJoseph D. Zavaglia is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. He is…
          George Zobitz photoMr George ZobitzJed Zobitz is the Managing Partner of Cravath’s Corporate Department. He works…
          Paul Zumbro photoMr Paul ZumbroPaul H. Zumbro is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves…
          Number of Partners : 97
          Number of Lawyers : 375

          The firm: 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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          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.