Managing Partner: Michael Gerstenzang
Number of partners: 190
Number of lawyers: Approximately 1,300
Languages: Multilingual—the firm’s lawyers speak more than 50 different languages, with over 200 lawyers who speak Spanish and more than 25 who speak Portuguese.
Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul
Europe: Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Rome
Middle East: Abu Dhabi
Cleary Gottlieb is a pioneer in globalising the legal profession. Since 1946, Cleary’s lawyers and staff have worked across practices, industries, jurisdictions and continents to provide clients with simple, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges.
The firm has 16 offices in major financial centres around the world, but Cleary operates as a single, integrated global partnership, rather than a US firm with a network of overseas locations. Cleary is fluent in the many languages of local and global business, and the firm’s consistent success in multiple jurisdictions earned Cleary Chambers and Partners’ inaugural “International Law Firm of the Year” award.
The firm employs approximately 1,300 lawyers from more than 50 countries and diverse backgrounds who are admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions. Cleary was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-US lawyers as equal partners around the world.
Main Areas of Practice:
Cleary’s Latin America practice was founded over 55 years ago in the US and today features more than 100 lawyers firm-wide, principally in the firm’s Buenos Aires, São Paulo, New York and Washington, DC offices. All of the firm’s clients enjoy access to the full resources of Cleary’s offices and lawyers worldwide, and many of the firm’s attorneys have served in more than one international location.
Cleary’s practice highlights in the region include:
Banking & Finance:
■ Counsel to many of the most active hedge fund, private equity and banking clients in connection with their investment activities in the region
■ Counsel in the restructuring of more public and private Latin American debt than any other firm
■ Advised over 20 Latin America FPIs with their SEC reporting obligations
■ Counsel in over $405 billion in capital markets offerings by Latin America issuers since 2008
■ Securities counsel to eight out of the top 10 Latin American companies by market capitalisation
■ Advise on international transactions for the largest Latin American corporates and public sector entities, including the three largest sovereign governments in the region
■ Counsel on more than $140 billion in closed M&A transactions involving Latin American companies since 2008
■ No. 1 for completed Latin America M&A by value from 2008-2018 according to Mergermarket
Enforcement and Anti-corruption Compliance:
■ Recognised by companies and other practitioners in Latin America both for its outstanding white-collar defense, enforcement and investigations practice, and its world-class Latin America practice
■ Regularly advise and defend the world’s leading multinational corporations and financial institutions in a broad range of sensitive regulatory and criminal matters, as well on related reforms, corporate governance issues, compliance programs and FCPA violations
■ The team includes 11 former US federal prosecutors, including two recent Acting US Attorneys for the Southern District of New York Energy & Natural Resources:
■ Representing industry clients in a wide range of work, from M&A, capital markets and project financings to arbitration, litigation, investigation and regulatory matters; clients include the world’s leading iron ore producer, the world’s largest mining company, the world’s largest copper producer, the world’s largest steel producer and the world’s third-largest aluminum producer
■ Counsel to sovereigns on matters for state oil companies in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and more
International Litigation & Arbitration:
■ Recognised as one of the top litigation and arbitration groups in the world, Cleary has counseled multinational corporations, financial institutions, state-owned institutions, sovereign governments and individuals in cross-border cases that have dominated business and legal media ~
■ Representing sovereigns in more substantial matters than any other firm; clients include the Republic of Argentina and the Government of Mexico