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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Managing Partner: Michael Gerstenzang
Number of partners: 190
Number of lawyers: Approximately 1,200
Languages: Multilingual; the firm’s lawyers speak more than 50 different languages

International Offices:
Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul
Europe: Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Rome
Middle East: Abu Dhabi

Firm Overview:
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. However, 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 1,200 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

Capital Markets:
■ Advised over 20 Latin America FPIs with their SEC reporting obligations
■ Counsel in over $380 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

■ Counsel on more than $140 billion in closed M&A transactions involving Latin American companies since 2008
■ One of the most extensive sovereign practices in the region

Energy & Natural Resources:
■ Representing industry clients in all types 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
■ No. 1 for completed Latin America M&A by value from 2008-2018

Enforcement & Corporate Investigations:
■ Seamless cross-border experience between Latin American, European, Asian and North American offices
■ Team includes 11 former US federal prosecutors, providing extensive insight into regulatory and investigative matters
■ Over 50 years of experience defending clients before the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, state and federal agencies and, when necessary, in court

International Arbitration:
■ Unparalleled cross-border experience representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, sovereign governments and stateowned institutions
■ Representing clients in arbitrations involving a broad range of issues, including natural resources, oil and gas, metals and mining, construction and infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, antitrust, bankruptcy, employment, executive compensation, intellectual property, M&A, securities/ enforcement, and general commercial disputes
■ Representing sovereigns in more substantial matters than any other firm; clients include the Republic of Argentina and the Government of Mexico

■ The team includes 11 former US federal prosecutors, including the most recent Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
■ Extensive experience conducting internal investigations for companies, their boards, and independent committees, as well as advising on related reforms, corporate governance issues, compliance programs and FCPA violations