This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton employs approximately 1,200 lawyers across its 16 offices strategically placed in major financial centres around the world. Founded in 1946 in New York and Washington, DC, the firm quickly opened a European office in Paris and has continued to expand into Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. 2012 saw the opening of two new offices: Abu Dhabi and Seoul. Despite its geographical reach, Cleary Gottlieb’s “one firm” approach to the practice of law ensures the full integration of its offices and allows clients to access the full resources of the offices and lawyers worldwide. Cleary Gottlieb prides itself on its commitment to excellence and retains multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies as well as domestic corporations in the countries where offices are located. The firm achieves 68 listings in 14 practice areas.
|CLEARY GOTTLIED STEEN & HAMILTON|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 68|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Business Crime Defence||2||M & A||5|
|Capital Markets||11||Oil & Gas||1|
|Corporate Governance||7||Real Estate||2|
|Corporate Tax||6||Regulatory Communications||1|
Competition is one of the firm’s greatest strengths and the past year has seen the firm represent Google in its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Hewlett-Packard in a dispute with Oracle over the termination of software development and advise Deutsche Telekom in T-Mobile’s acquisition of MetroPCS. The firm fields 23 lawyers in the corresponding chapter. Cleary Gottlieb has an “unrivalled reputation” in Brussels for a US firm and accommodates celebrated practitioners such as Nicholas Levy and Antoine Winckler. Levy divides his time between Brussels and London and is “top notch” at coordinating the pan-European notification of international transactions with various national antitrust agencies. Winckler practices French and EU competition law including cartel investigations, merger control and market dominance and is “phenomenal” according to our sources. Maurits Dolmans is also “highly regarded” and earns an additional listing in the regulatory communications chapter for his “stupendous” knowledge in the telecoms and media field. Romano Subiotto QC has a great reputation for providing “insightful and tactical advice” to clients on a range of antitrust issues. He is equally well regarded in the life sciences chapter in the regulatory area and advises Amgen, Boehringer, Merck & Co and Sanofi on their pharmaceutical products. The DC office is also well represented and fields five lawyers including the “eminent” Mark Leddy, managing partner of the firm. Leddy’s practice focuses on the analysis of competitive issues in M&A and appearances before the antitrust regulatory agencies and the courts in civil and criminal litigation. He is joined by David Gelfand, a “terrific” lawyer with extensive experience in competition law. In Rome, Mario Siragusa specialises in EU and Italian competition law and is a “superb litigator”.
Cleary Gottlieb’s capital markets practice is “revered” by peers and clients and the firm recently represented the Russian Federation in a $7 billion debt offering, the largest by an emerging market sovereign in recent years. Eleven individuals are singled out in our research. Alan Beller of the New York office is “unrivalled” in the field and is our capital markets lawyer of the year. He is also recognised in the corporate governance chapter and is a trusted advisor to clients in the securities sector. Also in New York, Nicolas Grabar a specialist in Latin America’s international markets and securities regulations receives high praise. Several of the lawyers in this chapter are additionally recognised for their M&A expertise, demonstrating the breadth of expertise of lawyers at the firm. In Brussels, Laurent Legein specialises in M&A, private equity and equity capital market transactions. He is considered “leading” in both fields. Jan Meyers appears in the capital markets, corporate governance and M&A chapters for his “impressive knowledge and practical advice” as does Pierre-Yves Chabert in the Paris office, a “highly proficient” lawyer.
Seven practitioners feature in the corporate governance chapter, attesting to the firm’s depth of knowledge in corporate law. New York-based Victor Lewkow achieves listings in both the corporate governance and M&A chapters and is known for providing “pragmatic and sound advice” to corporations and their boards regarding governance issues and the fiduciary duties of directors. Alongside him, Daniel Sternberg excels in the representation of institutional shareholders in their relationships with public issuers. In Moscow, Murat Akuyev is recommended for his banking and corporate governance expertise. He advises on corporate and financial transactions, M&A and securities offerings. Roberto Casati is based in the firm’s Milan office and has extensive experience in securities, banking, M&A transactions and joint ventures.
Cleary Gottlieb’s corporate tax practice is “well regarded” and six practitioners are selected for inclusion in our publication. The New York office is the best represented fielding four practitioners including Leslie Samuels and James Peaslee. Samuels focuses on international and domestic taxation and is “particularly good at advising on foreign direct investment in the US” while Peaslee is an “outstanding” tax lawyer and receives numerous recommendations in our research. In Paris, Pascal Coudin is “extremely good”.
The firm advises many of the largest US and non-US financial entities in the world on banking, securities and related regulatory matters. Finance litigation has been a particularly active area for the firm and in the last year Cleary Gottlieb won an appeal from an order of the US Bankruptcy Court to the US District for the Southern District of New York in litigation brought by the liquidator of Fairfield Sentry, the largest of the so-called Madoff feeder funds and two affiliated funds. Six practitioners feature in the banking chapter. In New York, Robert Tortoriello is “highly recommended” for his “superior knowledge” of regulation in the field. Alongside him, Seth Grosshandler specialises in advising on risks to counterparties of regulated financial institutions in the event of insolvency of the financial institution. A “leading authority” in the field, he advised various government agencies on market stabilisation efforts during and after the recent financial crisis. DC-based Derek Bush provides “first-rate advice” to financial institutions and foreign sovereigns regarding US bank regulatory matters and legislation. In Moscow, Scott Senecal advises on M&A, capital markets and syndicated loans and has advised Russian borrowers such as Gazprom, Sberbank, Tatneft and Zenit Bank in over $10 billion of financings.
Cleary Gottlieb continues to grow in size and reputation while retaining its leading position in the legal marketplace across several practice areas.
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