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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides ‘an excellent service in terms of responsiveness, service coverage and industry knowledge’. Key practitioners include Michael Weinberger, who regularly represents lenders, borrowers and issuers in mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions involving office buildings, shopping centers, multifamily residences and other real estate assets; Steven Horowitz, who handles domestic and international investment transactions, joint ventures and capital markets issuances; and Steven Wilner, who ‘has a good all-round knowledge of real estate transactions’ and regularly advises wealth funds and investment trusts on development projects and financing matters. The team also has notable expertise in PPP projects, advising a mix of project sponsors, lenders and infrastructure funds on a variety of infrastructure projects. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan on a $582m mortgage and mezzanine loan provided to the affiliates of Lone Star Real Estate Fund III for the refinancing of its portfolio of Hyatt-branded hotels, and the team also acted as counsel to Banco Inbursa in a number of financings, including a $170m construction loan to Miami Worldcenter Associates for the development of a residential condominium project. Brookfield Asset Management, Hospitality Investors Trust, KSL Capital Partners and Genting Group are other active clients. Daniel Reynolds is also a key name to note in the New York office.

Leading lawyers

Michael Weinberger - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Reynolds - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is at the forefront of advising clients on civil and criminal government investigations and follow-on litigation. Mark Leddy, who became co-chair of the global competition practice in 2017, has worked alongside Jeremy Calsyn, Brian Byrne, Elaine Ewing and Kenneth Reinker to assist automotive parts manufacturers with various international cartel investigations. In the financial services arena, members of the team represented clients such as HSBC and Citigroup in Libor and ISDAfix investigations (among others) and related civil litigation. Omron, Whirlpool and Bosch are other notable clients. Leah Brannon is a key figure. Daniel Culley divides his time between Washington DC and Brussels.

Leading lawyers

Jeremy Calsyn - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elaine Ewing - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Kenneth Reinker - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

According to clients, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘service is top notch and consistent with our expectations of one of the top antitrust practices in the world’. A recent highlight saw Mark Nelson and Jeremy Calsyn successfully defend Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and its US subsidiary K-Line America against class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of ocean vehicle carrier services. Brian Byrne is acting for HSBC in putative class actions wherein it is alleged that the client colluded with other financial institutions to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. George Cary, Kenneth Reinker and Elaine Ewing are among other recommended individuals. Mark Leddy in New York became co-chair of the global competition practice in 2017. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC. Daniel Culley divides his time between the Brussels and Washington DC offices.

Leading lawyers

George Cary - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elaine Ewing - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is among the market leaders for big-ticket US and global merger clearances. Nearly half of the senior-level practitioners in its antitrust team have significant experience practicing in Brussels, adding real credibility to its advice on European antitrust issues. The firm also excels in Chinese merger reviews. In 2017, George Cary, Elaine Ewing and counsel Cunzhen Huang assisted Dow Chemical with obtaining clearances in more than 20 jurisdictions for its $130bn merger of equals with DuPont. David Gelfand, global practice co-chair Mark Leddy (who divides his practice between Washington DC and New York) and Daniel Culley (who splits his time between Washington DC and Brussels) are acting as global antitrust counsel to Essilor in its $49bn acquisition of Luxottica. Also recommended are Mark Nelson, Brian Byrne, Leah Brannon, Kenneth Reinker and Jeremy Calsyn. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

George Cary - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Mark Leddy - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Mark Nelson - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Culley - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Elaine Ewing - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Kenneth Reinker - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

A go-to firm for financial institutions and a number of multinationals, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is particularly noted for its ‘excellent’ investigations work and sanctions advice. The ‘engaged and proactive’ group continues to act for Robert Bosch in connection with investigations and civil litigation in the US regarding equipment the client supplied to automobile manufacturers implicated in the emissions scandal. It is also representing HSBC, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs in investigations by global regulators in the US, Europe and Asia into Foreign Exchange (FX) trading, LIBOR and other benchmark rates. The team is also active representing individuals in FCPA matters; recent work includes acting for a former executive of Avon Products in connection with a Justice Department investigation into the company. Key figures in New York include Lev Dassin, Victor Hou, Breon Peace, David Brodsky, Jennifer Kennedy Park. In Washington DC, former SEC chief litigation counsel, Matthew Solomon, Giovanni Prezioso, Nowell Bamberger and sanctions expert Paul Marquardt are all recommended.

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Financial services litigation
Financial services litigation - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Effectively leveraging the expertise of numerous former government officials - including sanctions and AML expert Katherine Mooney Carroll, who returned to the firm in May 2017 after a stint at the Department of Defense - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘very well integrated’ white-collar, securities enforcement and internal investigations team regularly defends many of the leading financial institutions and multinational corporations across a broad range of sensitive regulatory and criminal matters. The ‘engaged and proactive’ team has handled regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation regarding alleged market manipulation of numerous benchmarks for several banks, including Goldman Sachs, which it is defending in a consolidated putative class action brought against it and several other institutions alleged to have conspired to manipulate the ISDAFIX benchmark rate. Robin Bergen and Giovanni Prezioso have represented numerous global financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, facing multi-pronged agency investigations regarding the structuring and marketing of CDOs, RMBS and CMBS. Himself formerly general counsel at the SEC, Prezioso has tremendous credibility before the agency and is acting for several electronic trading and market making firms in regulatory investigations surrounding many aspects of their businesses’ high-profile matters involving algorithmic trading controls, order-type disclosure and potentially disruptive market activity. Recently promoted partner Nowell Bamberger is regularly involved in cross-border litigation and regulatory investigations.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The ‘very professional’ litigators at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPthink strategically’ and have ‘excellent courtroom demeanor’. The firm has particular renown in the financial services space and has played a prominent role in the defense of financial institutions in litigation arising out of the Madoff fraud and bankruptcy. Most recently, Thomas Moloney led a team which secured the successful dismissal of claims against client HSBC brought by investors in Madoff feeder fund Hermes. BNP Paribas is another key client; a team including Jonathan Blackman, Lawrence Friedman and Carmine Boccuzzi have been defending the banking group in lawsuits brought after its guilty pleas to sanctions violations involving transactions with Iran, Sudan and Cuba in 2014. Jeffrey Rosenthal, Meredith Kotler and Rishi Zutshi are other key contacts. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Next generation lawyers

Rishi Zutshi - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is praised for its ‘level of commitment to its clients’. ‘Superb strategist’ Howard Zelbo and Jeffrey Rosenthal represent SanDisk (subsidiaries of Western Digital) in an ICC arbitration seeking to enjoin Toshiba from transferring its share of three NAND flash memory joint ventures without SanDisk’s consent. Jonathan Blackman, who is based across the New York and London offices, successfully represented Telecom Italia in a $15bn ICC arbitration. Zelbo, Blackman, Washington DC-based Matthew Slater and Carmine Boccuzzi represented the Republic of Argentina in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Argentina-Italy BIT. Lawrence Friedman, David Sabel, who splits his time between New York and London, and Ari MacKinnon, who is noted for Latin American mandates, are also recommended. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York is ‘a top-notch firm - the work is of very high quality and the lawyers think strategically and have vast industry knowledge’. Lawrence Friedman has 30 years’ experience in cross-border disputes and was part of a team that advised global banks such as HSBC on the defence of matters arising from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Jeffrey Rosenthal, who regularly acts in matters involving Latin American parties, is currently acting for US entities of Nortel Networks in a dispute with its Canadian and European estates regarding the allocation of $7.3bn of sale proceeds. Also recommended are Carmine Boccuzzi, who is advising Robert Bosch on the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal; Howard Zelbo and Jonathan Blackman, who are ‘of the highest quality’; Matthew Slater, who regularly acts for foreign governments; and securities litigator Jared Gerber. Nowell Bamberger in Washington DC is now a partner.

Leading lawyers

Lawrence Friedman - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jared Gerber - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York has a strong roster of corporate and financial institution clients that call on star litigators such as the ‘tenacious’ Meredith Kotler, who is ‘a great lawyer to have on your side’. She recently acted for Goldman Sachs as financial adviser to Volcano Corporation and achieved the dismissal of a post-closing case including aiding and abetting claims in Delaware relating to the company’s acquisition by Phillips. Another highlight saw Kotler and Jared Gerber represent lender OneMain Holdings in a putative class action that challenged public statements made about the $4.25bn merger that created the company. Newly promoted Abena Mainoo is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Meredith Kotler - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has ‘many years of experience and the scope and scale of a prominent practice that is particularly sensitive to the needs of non-US issuers’. The firm’s ‘really smart and persuasive lawyers’ include Meredith Kotler and Roger Cooper in New York, who are the most prominent partners among more than 20 who handle securities litigation. Cooper, Lewis Liman and rising star Jared Gerber are currently advising Petrobras on securities fraud litigation arising from allegations of bribery and corruption by former employees. Having settled several opt-out cases, the team succeeded in obtaining a Second Circuit ruling that decertified the classes on predominance grounds. Cooper and Gerber also played key roles in representing banks, including Citigroup, as underwriters of securities issued by Lehman Brothers. With one class action settled favorably and many individual actions dismissed, only one case remains pending. Kotler’s highlights included obtaining the dismissal of all class actions against banks including Goldman Sachs as underwriters of securities issued by Bankrate Inc.

Next generation lawyers

Jared Gerber - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Premier capital markets firm’, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP impresses with its ‘strong subject matter expertise’ and ‘outstanding industry knowledge’. The New York-based team, which is widely lauded as ‘top choice counsel’ by issuers and underwriters, scores particularly highly for its ‘amazing strength-in-depth’ - bolstered further in 2018 with the promotion of Andrea Basham to counsel. The group is routinely involved in major headline debt deals, across all market segments, and also houses robust non-transactional expertise, with sources commending its ‘strong regulatory advice and guidance’. Among its bank-side work, ‘leading light’ Jeffrey Karpf assisted the underwriters with AIG’s €1bn notes offering and ‘fantastic’ younger partner Pamela Marcogliese acted for the underwriters on Chevron’s $4bn notes offering. On the issuer side, Tech Data turned to the group for advice on its $1bn dual-tranche notes offering - Nicolas Grabar led that work. In a high-profile cross-border mandate Andrés de la Cruz, who splits his time between New York and Buenos Aires, acted for the Republic of Argentina on a dollar-denominated $7bn bond offering. Other names to note include Craig Brod (‘among the best’), Adam Fleisher (‘a highly respected industry advisor’), Leslie Silverman and David Lopez.

Leading lawyers

Craig Brod - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Pamela Marcogliese - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s much-admired equity practice impresses with its ‘strong response times, practicality and commerciality of advice’ and the client consensus is, ‘expensive but worth it’. The New York-centered group strikes an enviable balance between manager and issuer work, with notable expertise in cross-border and multidisciplinary deals. Among its key company-side mandates, Craig Brod acted for Open Text on a public share offering to help fund its $1.6bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s enterprise content division. Jeffrey Karpf is ‘a safe pair of hands for a complex deal’ and with Sung Kang advised Keysight Technologies on two offerings to support its acquisition of Ixia, including a $400m takedown of common stock. On the manager side, the ‘practical and effective’ Adam Fleisher acted for the underwriters on China Rapid Finance’s $64.2m IPO. Leslie Silverman, David Lopez and senior counsel Alan Beller are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Alan Beller - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Leslie Silverman - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Capital markets: global offerings
Capital markets: global offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Capital markets: global offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The ‘phenomenally talented’ group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is sought after for its ‘high-caliber lawyers, who understand international markets inside-out’. The firm’s enviable global reach is supported by platforms across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and it routinely handles debt and equity offerings for issuers (both corporate and sovereign) and underwriters. The group handled several capital markets transactions during 2017 for longstanding client the Republic of Argentina, including its first century bond offering worth $2.7bn. The firm also advised the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares on a $4bn bond offering to finance the construction and development of the new Mexico City International Airport. Among its corporate issuer mandates, it acted for semi-public Brazilian energy giant Petrobras on a $4bn offering of global notes. The ‘deep and broad team’ benefits from the expertise of senior names Jeffrey Karpf (‘truly a stand-out specialist’), David Lopez, Adam Fleisher and Nicolas Grabar. In addition, up-and-coming partner Pamela Marcogliese is ‘a future star’. All named partners are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Jeffrey Karpf - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Pamela Marcogliese - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP strikes the right note with its ‘strong market knowledge’ and ‘very accessible lawyers’. The New York-based group also sets itself apart through its strong expertise in private equity-related matters and cross-border work - particularly deals involving Latin America and Canada. In a highlight example of its private equity strength, Duane McLaughlin advised Radiate HoldCo and TPG on a $400m high-yield notes offering. Jorge Juantorena is well versed in Latin American transactions and handled Unifin Financiera’s $450m global bond offering - he also assisted the initial purchasers with a $300m global bond offering by Chile-headquartered Enjoy. David Lopez is ‘excellent’ and Craig Brod and counsel David Webb are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

David Lopez - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a popular choice with corporate and private equity borrowers, and its high-quality team is regularly called upon to act on some of the market’s most high-profile transactions. Highlights on the corporate acquisition front include representing McCormick & Company on the financing for its $4.2bn acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser’s food business. The firm also advised Alcoa on a $1.5bn credit facility and $750m bond offering linked to its separation into two separate entities: Alcoa Corporation and Arconic. The firm also has a strong practice advising sponsors, thanks to its relationship with Warburg Pincus, which it advised on the financing of its acquisition of Duravant from Odyssey Investment Partners, as well its buyout of the off-price fashion and home retailer, Gabriel Brothers, from Alvarez & Marsal Capital. The New York-based practice has several highly regarded partners, including Meme Peponis, Duane McLaughlin, and Amy Shapiro.

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Able to call upon the expertise of numerous former high-ranking governmental officials, as well as several lawyers who have previously had in-house financial institution experience, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has a longstanding reputation for providing ‘commercially sensitive and nuanced advice’ to many of the highest-profile entities in the industry. The return to the firm of seasoned financial services regulatory lawyers Katherine Mooney Carroll and Jack Murphy, following recent stints with the US government and Promontory Financial Group, respectively, adds further weight and credibility to the team’s competence. The pair have considerable expertise across a raft of hot-button issues including enhanced prudential standards, the Volcker Rule and sanctions issues. Murphy also has considerable financial services M&A expertise and, alongside New York-based Christopher Austin, advised Metlife’s board of directors on the spin-off of its US retail life insurance business, Brighthouse Financial. The firm remains recognized as ‘one of the leaders’ in the foreign banking space and has handled a myriad of compliance counselling and regulatory-informed transactional work, including inter alia compliance with the Intermediate Holding Company Rule and advice to international financial institutions on restructuring investments in private equity and hedge funds to comply with the Volcker Rule and other US regulatory regimes. The firm’s expertise is also underscored by its many high-profile engagements on behalf of leading trade industry bodies including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), The Clearing House (TCH) , and the Institute of International Bankers (IIB), the latter with which the ‘excellent’ Derek Bush has advised for many years across a range of issues, including representing it in advocacy efforts and comment letters relating to the core US regulatory issues affecting its businesses (including enhanced prudential standards and Basel III implementation). As well as his intimate knowledge of resolution planning issues gained when he was at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC), Michael Krimminger is also regularly involved in the most significant fintech-related matters handled by the firm, including his work for Paxos Trust Company on securing the relevant regulatory approvals to facilitate it becoming the first US-chartered and regulated virtual currency exchange. On the trading front, Edward Rosen and Colin Lloyd continue to advise many large US banks on how to restructure their swap dealer businesses to comply with Dodd-Frank. Giovanni Prezioso is recommended for broker-dealer work.

Leading lawyers

Derek Bush - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jack Murphy - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Colin Lloyd - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 5

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From its New York office, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP handles an impressive proportion of Latin American matters, which takes in both energy and infrastructure mandates. Chantal Kordula acted for the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares on a $2bn bond offering to finance the construction and development of the New Mexico City International Airport; and Richard Cooper and Adam Brenneman assisted Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority with the $500m financing and development of an offshore gas port. In another major deal, Nicolas Grabar advised the Brazilian Development Bank on its offering of $1bn in green notes to finance new and existing renewable energy projects. The practice also handles work in the US and in one example Brenneman and Richard Lincer acted for Oaktree Capital Management on the finance arrangements for the operation of the Westchester County Airport. On the lender side, Brenneman was active in Latin America for a major investment bank providing finance for an infrastructure project.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s New-York based restructuring team has a notable strength in multijurisdictional mandates, particularly involving companies based in Latin America. The practice continues to advise an ad hoc group of bondholders owning bonds of a congregate value of $4bn on Oi’s Chapter 15 proceedings; here, Richard Cooper and Luke Barefoot are advising on New York and English law aspects, as well as acting as coordinated Brazilian and Dutch legal counsel and the group’s financial advisor. In other work, Lisa Schweitzer and Cooper advised Mexican financial institution Grupo Financiero Inbursa as secured lender on the restructuring of Mossi & Ghisolfi in Brazil and Mexico, as well as on the Chapter 11 cases of its US affiliates, and the team also acted for an ad hoc committee of holders of unsecured bonds and secured term loans in Key Energy Services’ Chapter 11 proceedings. On the contentious front, the practice acted for J. Aron & Company in claims related to the Energy Future Holdings’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy and defended Nortel Networks against a damages claim brought by a creditor related to the company’s previous Chapter 11 proceedings. Other key names to note are James Bromley and Sean O’Neal.

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides ‘market-leading advice’ to a variety of issuers, clearing houses, global financial institutions and trade associations, with noted expertise in commodity, credit and equity-linked derivatives. Michael Dayan advised Crown Asia Investments on the sale of its stake in Melco Resorts & Entertainment, which involved the execution and unwinding of related derivatives. A recognized ‘authority on bankruptcy-related derivatives issues’, Seth Grosshandler is advising the Futures Industry Association (FIA), ISDA and various banks on insolvency law with respect to cleared derivative positions. Other clients include The Clearing House Association and Citigroup. Also recommended are Edward Rosen and Knox McIlwain, who was promoted to counsel in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Edward Rosen - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Michael Dayan - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Seth Grosshandler - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The Washington DC-based team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP handled a number of market-first securitized transactions and high-volume MBS deals throughout 2017, while remaining among the top performers in the CLO space. Paul St. Lawrence advised Verizon Communications on the establishment of a platform for the sale of receivables from cell phone installment sales contracts with embedded upgrade offers. On the bank-side, St Lawrence assisted Merrill Lynch with the first securitizations of insurance company debt and bank debt since Dodd-Frank. Key CLO contact Michael Mazzuchi advises international financial institutions on the impact of the Volcker Rule on a variety of structured products. Mitchell Dupler regularly acts for underwriters in Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae issuances. Macey Levington was promoted to counsel in 2018.

Leading lawyers

Michael Mazzuchi - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 5

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP often features on Latin American mandates and in one example Richard Cooper and Adam Brenneman are acting for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on the negotiation of potential independent power projects. Capital markets specialists Jeffrey Karpf and Jorge Juantorena are also names to note in the New York-based practice.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s New York-based team handled a number of oilfield services M&A mandates, including James Langston advising Songa Offshore on its $3.4bn business combination with Transocean. In the upstream space, Ethan Klingsberg and Langston acted for Goldman Sachs on Clayton Williams Energy’s $2.7bn sale to Noble Energy. Other names to note include restructuring specialist Richard Cooper and Chantal Kordula, who is a key name in the Latin American market for clients such as ENAP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s practice scope includes mainly transactional work, but the group also assists with strategic collaborations, supply and distribution agreements and research and development agreements. Daniel Ilan led in advising OpenText on licensing agreements and asset divestitures related to the $1.62bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, involving the transfer of patents and copyrighted software. Leonard Jacoby assisted Samsung Electronics with the transfer of patents and trade marks in the context of the sale of its printer business to HP Inc. Other clients include 3M and Verizon.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s team, based in New York, handles multibillion-dollar fund formation work, which includes several funds with Asia aspects and large environmental-social-governance (ESG) funds. Elizabeth Lenas advises heavyweight managers such as TPG, which she assisted with forming its $2bn impact fund, The Rise Fund; she als advised KKR on forming KKR Asian III, which held its final closing in May 2017 after raising $9.3bn. Alongside other fund formation mandates for TPG and KKR, Michael Gerstenzang advised Coller Capital on several secondary purchases. Other names of note include Robert Raymond, who advised Angelo, Gordon & Co on forming an $840m opportunistic Asian real estate fund, and Adrien Leipsic, who has experience in forming credit and energy-related funds. The firm also acts for Hillhouse Capital, The Raine Group, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management and leading investment banks.

Leading lawyers

Elizabeth Lenas - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Michael Gerstenzang - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s New York-based team acts for an enviable client base, including the likes of General Motors, which Arthur Kohn and counsel Kathleen Emberger recently advised on the sale of its transnational Open/Vauxhall business to the PSA group. Elsewhere, Michael Albano was part of the team assisting McCormick & Company with its $4.2bn acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser’s food business. Counsels Caroline Hayday and Mary Alcock are also key names to note alongside Robert Raymond. Laura Bagarella was promoted to counsel. Other notable clients include Google, Verizon and Warburg Pincus, which the team advised on various acquisitions.

Leading lawyers

Arthur Kohn - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Michael Albano - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kathleen Emberger - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Mary Alcock - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advises a range of well-known companies on shareholder engagement campaigns and public company disclosure requirements. Pamela Marcogliese, Nicolas Grabar and Ethan Klingsberg advised Tiffany & Co on a shareholder activism campaign, and Sandra Flow, Mary Alcock and Victor Lewkow also act for household-name companies in this space. Non-activism work included Marcogliese and Klingsberg advising Alphabet Inc, Google’s holding company, on ongoing matters related to the reorganization from which it was formed, and Marcogliese and David Lopez assisting Sabre Corporation with its mandatory disclosures. Other clients include Petrobras, which Graba is advising on US securities matters regarding the Lava Jato scandal; Arthur Kohn and Jeffrey Karpf are also key contacts and advised Verizon on producing its proxy statements. All named lawyers are located in New York.

Leading lawyers

Pamela Marcogliese - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is building market share in the $1bn-plus deal segment. The firm has ‘great lawyers’ and is consistently praised for ‘entrenching itself in cross-border deals’, but it also has a fast-growing profile in domestic transactions. Now active across all key industries, it is especially notable for its market share of financial services and technology deals, and for a firm with no West Coast office it has a huge market share of deals on behalf of Silicon Valley tech firms, such as Google/Alphabet. Moreover, the firm’s unparalleled global standing in antitrust makes it a preferred firm for corporates that have an especially strong or dominant market share. Clients include Clariant, Henkel, Verizon Communications, Vale, General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker and 3M. The firm recently advised Google on its $1.1bn acquisition of part of HTC’s mobile division, which involved the transfer of thousands of HTC employees to Google and a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property. The firm’s record in technology M&A has helped it build formidable experience in employee retention and tax structuring. In another headline deal, it advised Clariant on its proposed $20bn merger of equals with Huntsman Corporation. Ethan Klingsberg has impressed in a string of deals for Alphabet/Google as well as other tech clients, and assisted Keysight Technologies with its $1.6bn all-cash takeover of Ixia. Glenn McGrory is building his profile in both domestic and cross-border deals, while senior name Victor Lewkow provides further gravitas and experience in complex transactions. Benet O’Reilly, Matthew Salerno, Neil Whoriskey, Christopher Austin and Paul Shim are also recommended. All named partners are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Ethan Klingsberg - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Victor Lewkow - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has further cemented its position in the upper echelons of the market. Still known for its relationship with TPG, it now has a strong relationship with Warburg Pincus and is becoming closer to Carlyle. Few firms now can match its status in the large-cap market or its connections to a number of global sovereign wealth funds that are making direct investments and acquisitions. The team is ‘very responsive’, has ‘a deep level of expertise’, ‘brings significant industry knowledge’ and ‘is always good value for the money’. The firm has been especially active on behalf of TPG portfolio companies, including advising nationwide broadband provider RCN Telecom Services on its $2.36bn acquisition of Wave Broadband, creating the sixth-largest cable operator in the US. It also advised TPG portfolio company Surgical Care Affiliates on its $2.5bn stock and cash merger with leading health services company OptumCare. Paul Shim is a big name in the team, often advising TPG and a number of sovereign wealth funds. David Leinwand is a recognized leader in the market, with close connections to marquee clients TPG and Warburg Pincus; James Langston also regularly works woth TPG and Warburg Pincus and is an increasingly pivotal member of the team. Paul Tiger is another emerging talent. The firm’s strong antitrust, tax, employee benefits and leveraged finance practices also add to the private equity team’s compelling offering. Michael Albano is highlighted for his expertise in executive compensation and benefits in the private equity sector.

Leading lawyers

Paul Shim - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Langston - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Paul Tiger - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is best known for its interdisciplinary advice in complex technology transactions, which are often cross-border; the team acts for clients from sectors such as software, IT, telecoms, IoT, semiconductors, media and entertainment, and healthcare technology. Other areas include financial services, consumer goods and fashion, as well as emerging areas such as cyber, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, machine learning, and AI. Daniel Ilan advised OpenText on complex licensing arrangements and asset divestitures regarding its $1.62bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division; and Leonard Jacoby is also highly regarded.

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United States: Tax

Financial products
Financial products - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has a hugely versatile practice that handles capital markets and liability management transactions on both the debt and equity side. The firm also has a strong niche advising sovereigns on bond issuances; recent examples include assisting Iraq and Argentina with the complex tax structuring of their respective recent bond offerings worth $2bn and $15bn. The firm advised the underwriters, including Citigroup Global Markets, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Nomura, on 265 REMIC transactions totaling over $99.7bn for Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae. The team also advised on 70 CLO transactions worth over $35bn. Key partners include Erika Nijenhuis, James Peaslee (‘as good as it gets’), and William McRae. Counsel Doug Borisky and senior attorney Derek Wallace have also made good names for themselves. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Erika Nijenhuis - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

James Peaslee - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The ‘very strong team’ at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP advises on multinational M&A transactions, foreign direct investment, international capital markets transactions, new financial products, tax structuring, restructuring and other matters. Corey Goodman and Jason Factor advised long-term client Google and its parent company Alphabet on a number of cross-border transactions, including Google’s $1.1bn business agreement with HTC and an $800m investment into Alphabet company Verily Life Sciences by Temasek in exchange for a minority stake. Yaron Reich, who assisted Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management with its investment into real estate trust ARC Hospitality, is also recommended. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Yaron Reich - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Corey Goodman - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The ‘very bright and extremely responsive’ New York tax group of ‘top-firmCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP provides high-level tax advice relating to domestic and international M&A, finance and investment, restructuring, real estate and funds matters. Particularly deep expertise exists in the financial services and banking sector. A major new matter was the representation of General Motors during the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group for €2.2bn. The team also advised longstanding client TPG on the respective multibillion-dollar acquisitions of RCN Telecoms Services and Grande Communications, as well as on the formation of its new fund TPG Asia VII. Elsewhere, Jason Factor handled matters on behalf of Warburg Pincus, and Corey Goodman continued acting as outside counsel for Google/Alphabet. ‘Top-notch’ international tax experts Yaron Reich and James Duncan are ‘very bright and thorough’ and have ‘good risk judgment’. Erika Nijenhuis focuses on income tax, financial products and representations in the private sector. Meyer Fedida is also a key name. Former partner James Peaslee moved into senior counsel role.

Leading lawyers

Erika Nijenhuis - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jason Factor - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Corey Goodman - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has an outstanding reputation in the restructuring field and has an impressive market share of new money financings. It has dominated the restructuring scene in Brazil, where it advised the ad hoc group of bondholders of Oi in connection with the Brazilian company’s reorganisation and Brazilian judicial recovery proceeding, which involves the conversion of a substantial portion of Oi Group’s bond debt into equity and a R$4bn capital injection backed by a number of prominent hedge funds. It also advised the ad hoc group of bondholders of subsidiaries of Odebrecht Oil & Gas on the potential restructuring of the company and its associated project companies. Moreover, in Mexico the practice advised Empresas ICA regarding its on-going $3.9bn debt restructuring, which involves $1.35bn in global bond debt. The team advises a mix of debtors and creditors with other clients including Cablevisión, the ad hoc bondholders of Tonon Bioenergia, Telecom Argentina, Arendal, Metrogas and Pampa Energía. Although widely considered to have the broadest Latin America geographic coverage of all international firms, it has an especially high market share of big-name corporate clients in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The team has experienced an uptick in Argentina new money financings and has an established Buenos Aires office and a long track record of financings in the jurisdiction. In 2018, it advised Telecom Argentina on its $1bn senior unsecured credit facility provided by a consortium of international banks. New York partner Richard Cooper is widely acclaimed as the market leader in Latin America restructurings, which is further illustrated by his advice to the bondholders on the restructurings of Oi Group and Odebrecht Oil & Gas, and by his representation of Empresas ICA on its headline reorganization process. São Paulo partner Francisco Cestero is a key player on the restructuring side, most notably in Brazil where his Portuguese language skills are pivotal to the team’s success there. New York partner Chantal Kordula has emerged as an outstanding practitioner in project finance and headline financings in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. New York’s Adam Brenneman is ‘nice to work with’ and forges a ‘positive experience’ for all parties in a transaction; he has an especially strong record in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Head of the Buenos Aires office Andrés de la Cruz is highly acclaimed in new money financings and restructurings in Argentina and the Southern Cone; he recently advised Cablevisión Holding on its $750m acquisition financing connected to the merger of Cablevisión and Telecom Argentina. São Paulo partner Juan Giráldez is another key name, as is counsel Emilio Minvielle in Buenos Aires. New York partners Amy Shapiro and Duane McLaughlin provide additional expertise in Latin America financings.

Leading lawyers

Richard Cooper - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP continues to dominate the market, especially in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina; it is one of a handful of international firms to have an office in both Buenos Aires and São Paulo, and its New York office has served Mexico and other key markets for decades. Chile has been another strong market for the firm over the years. Of all the international firms operating in the market, it has the healthiest mix of sovereign, quasi-sovereign, state-owned entity and private sector issuer clients. Clients include illustrious names such as Nexa Resources, Republic of Argentina, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Codelco, Grupo Supervielle, Petrobras, Mexichem and BBVA Banco Frances. Recent matters saw the team advise Nexa Resources on its $496m SEC-registered initial public offering (IPO), and also assist the initial purchasers on the $248m global IPO of Grupo Traxión, a leading Mexican road transportation and logistics company. On the sovereign side, the firm advised the Republic of Argentina on its $2.75bn Rule 144A/Reg S century bond offering; this was Argentina’s first century bond offering and was the first deal of this kind by a non-investment grade issuer. The team also worked on a series of debt and bond offerings for Argentine provinces. In yet another headline deal, the firm advised the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares on the $4bn green bond offering to finance the construction and development of the Mexico City’s new international airport. Nicolas Grabar has an outstanding record in Latin America, most notably in Brazil and Mexico; in 2017 he advised Petrobras on a series of bond offerings totalling over $23bn, advised the Federative Republic of Brazil on its SEC-registered $1.5bn global bond offering and advised on the SEC-registered IPOs of Netshoes and Nexa Resources. Jorge Juantorena is another formidable figure in Mexico deals, while Andrés de la Cruz is building the firm’s leading position in Argentina and across the Southern Cone. Francesca Odell has a strong record in Brazil for working with big-name issuers such as Petrobras, and São Paulo’s Juan Giráldez is experienced in sovereign and company issuances both in Brazil and other Latin American jurisdictions. Adam Brenneman and Buenos Aires counsel Emilio Minvielle are also key members of the team along with senior attorney Carlos von der Heyde, who is regarded as an emerging talent. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Francesca Odell - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jorge Juantorena - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Nicolas Grabar - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carlos von der Heyde - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

The benchmark international firm in Latin America, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s proactive Latin America M&A practice covers the entire region. It has a dynamic combination of inbound and outbound transactional work, with the firm’s unrivalled connections to Latin American corporates ensuring that it consistently operates at the forefront of M&A activity in the region. The firm has worked on a series of outbound transactions by Mexican and Brazilian clients in recent years and has also experienced considerable growth in transactions involving private equity houses, infrastructure funds and other investors, most notably in Argentina. Clients include Grupo Bimbo, Vale, Dow Chemical, Vitro, ENAP, Highstar, Ontex, Grupo Clarín and Automotores Gildemeister. In March 2018, it advised Suzano Papel e Celulose, one of the largest Brazilian pulp and paper companies, on its landmark $14.5bn merger with Fibria Celulose, another Brazilian pulp and paper giant. It also advised Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo on its $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries from One Equity Partners; the deal involving 21 bakeries in 11 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In other headline activity the team continued to advise Vale, the Brazil-headquartered mining titan, on the $2.1bn sale of its fertilizer business to The Mosaic Company. In addition, it also advised The Dow Chemical Company on the $1.1bn sale of its corn seed business in Brazil to a Chinese fund owned by Chinese conglomerate CITIC. The team provides an ‘excellent performance in all areas of service and creativity’; moreover, being ‘proactive’, it ‘makes life easier for clients and does not choke clients and colleagues with indigestible paperwork’. Jeffrey Lewis is a recognised leader in Latin America M&A with an immense record in representing Latin America corporates such as Vale, which he advised on the sale of its fertilizer business to The Mosaic Company. Chantal Kordula continues to impress in cross-border M&A involving Mexican entities; as well as advising Grupo Bimbo on its acquisition of East Balt Bakeries, she also assisted Vitro with a number of outbound acquisitions. Kordula and São Paulo partner Juan Giráldez ‘combine the highest professional standards with being flexible and nice to work with’, according to one client. São Paulo’s Francisco Cestero is noted for M&A and large restructurings, while Francesca Odell has built a fine record in private equity and other fund investments in Brazil. Buenos Aires-based Andrés de la Cruz is a leading player in Argentina and Adam Brenneman has a ‘quick mind with excellent delivery and performance’. All partners are New York based unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Chantal Kordula - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Francesca Odell - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jeffrey Lewis - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP handles a mix of investment treaty disputes and commercial arbitration for multinational, foreign and domestic corporations, states and state-owned entities. On the investor-state arbitration side, Howard Zelbo is representing DP World in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru regarding the development and operation of facilities at the port of Callao; Matthew Slater is defending the Republic of Argentina against a petition to enforce an arbitration award issued in favour of AWG Group; and Jonathan Blackman successfully obtained the dismissal of a $15bn ICC damages case (due to alleged misconduct over nearly a decade) brought by Brazilian claimants against client Telecom Italia. Jeffrey Rosenthal, Jonathan Blackman and Ari MacKinnon are also key contacts. All individuals mentioned above are based in New York, and work closely with the firm’s network of offices.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has an outstanding reputation in Latin America with unrivalled breadth of geographic and industry coverage. The firm’s long-term commitment to Latin America has enabled it to build an illustrious client portfolio of leading oil and gas, mining and metals companies, and it continues to be prominent in conventional power and renewable energy. Its client base is weighted towards sponsors and includes Vale, Pampa Energía, Fenix Power, Aeropuerto de Cancún, Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), DP World and ENAP. The firm is also at the forefront of Argentina’s PPP initiative, thanks in part to its illustrious Buenos Aires office led by the hugely respected Andrés de la Cruz. Beyond Argentina, the Latin America team advised the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares on the $4bn green bond offering to finance the construction and development of Mexico City’s new International Airport. It also represented ENAP, the Chilean state-owned oil and gas company, on its joint venture with Methanex for the supply of natural gas. In addition, the firm advised long-term client, Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex, on its $4bn Rule 144A/Reg S debt offering and two concurrent liability management transactions. The team has also experienced growth in infrastructure finance in Brazil and renewable energy projects in Mexico. Chantal Kordula has made a big impression in the Mexican market and continued to advise on the above-mentioned headline Mexico City International Airport financing; she is also recognised for her work on oil and gas and renewable energy projects in the jurisdiction. Adam Brenneman has impressed in waste-to-energy projects in Mexico and also on transactions in the Southern Cone region. Jeffrey Lewis is a noted figure in oil and gas and natural resources transactions, and acts for some of the biggest names in the industry such as Vale, Pluspetrol, Pemex and ENAP; he is also noted for his project finance record in Chile. Jorge Juantorena deserves recognition for capital markets-driven financings, including the green bond issuance used to finance Mexico City’s new International Airport project.

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