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Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP

This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP - The Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Founded in New York in 1819, Cravath Swaine & Moore is a premier US law firm. The firm has two offices, in New York and London, and has a strong focus on excellence; from its lawyers - it only hires the best and elevates partners exclusively from within – and in the service it offers clients. Despite its relatively smaller size compared with some US firms, Cravath Swaine & Moore prides itself on its commitment to retaining the finest lawyers. This is demonstrated in our research, with the firm achieving 33 listings across 11 different chapters.

Practice Area Breakdown
Banking 3 Environment 1
Capital Markets 6 Insolvency & Restructuring 1
Commercial Litigation 3 M & A 5
Competition 2 Patents 2
Corporate Governance 6 Real Estate 1
Corporate Tax 3

Cravath Swaine & Moore enjoys an impressive reputation in the international capital markets field. Its practice is “very highly regarded” due to the breadth and depth of expertise its lawyers possess in debt, equity and high-yield markets for both underwriters and issuers. The New York office is a “hub of activity”, with four of the six lawyers fielded in this chapter based there. William Rogers Jr is considered “one of the top capital markets lawyers in the country” and his clients include Royal Dutch Shell, Bacardi, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. William Whelan heads the firm’s securities practice and is a “prominent figure” in the legal market. He recently represented the underwriters, led by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, in a registered offering of $4 million shares of common stock of Trimas Corp. Chair of the firm’s securities practice, Kris Heinzelman, is “greatly respected” for his representation of underwriters in IPOs and Andrew Pitts is “excellent” at public and private securities offerings for investment banking clients and issuers. The “phenomenal” Philip Boeckman is managing partner of the firm’s London office and a “superb practitioner”. He is a member of the editorial board of Capital Markets Law Journal and a former co chair of the International Bar Association’s securities law committee. His colleague David Mercado is lauded for his expertise in securities offerings.

The firm also fields six individuals from its New York office in our corporate governance chapter. John White is co-chair of the firm’s corporate governance and board advisory practice and a former director of the division of corporation finance at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He is considered a “key name” in the field of corporate governance due to his “wealth of experience”. Philip Gelston is chair of the firm’s M&A practice and is noted for his “sound advice” to boards and senior management on governance and takeover vulnerability issues.

Four “first-class” practitioners are recognised for both their corporate governance and M&A expertise. Richard Hall is nominated one of our mostly highly regarded individuals in corporate governance and heads the firm’s M&A practice for EMEA. His most recent notable work includes representing The Linde Group in connection with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Lincare Holdings. Faiza Saeed is co-head of the firm’s M&A group and “top class” in providing governance advice, especially in relation to consensual and hostile transactions, leveraged buyouts, strategic investments, takeover defence, proxy contests and hedge fund activism. The “brilliant” Scott Barshay is head of the firm’s corporate department and specialises at advising public companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other significant corporate matters. He is “very active” in the M&A market and recent “high-profile” transactions include representing Alcoa in the $2.7 billion sale of its packaging and consumer business to Rank Group. Mark Greene is the leader of the firm’s international practice and chair of its business development group. He is “especially good” at cross-border transactions and securities matters. The firm achieves one further listing in the M&A section, the “fantastic” Robert Townsend, co-head of the M&A group. Peers praise his “intelligence”, “business acumen” and stellar client list that includes Johnson & Johnson, Arch Chemicals and Pepsi Bottling Group.

Cravath’s first ever chairman, Evan Chesler, stands out in this edition for his impressive total of three listings in our commercial litigation, competition and patents chapters. He is one of the “most prominent trial lawyers in the country” and an “outstanding litigator“ in general commercial, securities, shareholder derivative, intellectual property and competition cases. He is renowned for his “brilliance in the court room” and “first-class strategic thinking and business nous”.

The firm achieves recognition in a further eight chapters, with three lawyers recognised in each of the banking, commercial litigation and corporate tax chapters.

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