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.
Cleary Gottlieb is a pioneer in globalizing the legal profession. Since 1946, the firm’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 centers around the world. However, it operates as a single, integrated global partnership, not a US firm with a network of overseas locations. The firm is fluent in the many languages of local and global business, and its consistent success in multiple jurisdictions has earned Cleary Chambers & 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:
Banking and Financial Institutions
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Cybersecurity and Privacy
Economic Sanctions & Foreign Investments
Executive Compensation & ERISA
Global Crisis Management
International Trade & Investment
Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
Litigation & Arbitration
Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
Project Finance & Infrastructure
Public International Law
Securities & M&A Litigation
Sovereign Governments & International Institutions
White-Collar Defense & Internal Investigations
Cleary advises clients on a host of transactional matters that protect and advance their strategic goals. Its lawyers have crafted solutions resulting in a number of first-of-their kind deals, as well as some of the largest, most complex transactions involving cross-border issues. Among other transactional areas, Cleary provides experience in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, banking and finance; private equity transactions, private fund formation, privatizations, project finance, real estate and more. Additionally, the team has robust knowledge of the myriad corporate governance, intellectual property, tax and executive compensation and related issues that companies and their boards face.
With the increasingly global nature of disputes, Cleary is well positioned to help navigate clients through their most challenging adversarial issues. Firm engagements frequently involve complex legal issues that require novel solutions and cross-border coordination of the firm’s varied resources, allowing Cleary to pair its renowned corporate, regulatory and financial experience with its litigation prowess. Cleary’s US practice includes eleven former federal prosecutors, as well as several former senior government officials, including the most recent Chief Litigation Counsel for the SEC’s Enforcement Division. Cleary handles litigation and arbitration involving a wide variety of issues, such as securities, derivative litigation, M&A, sovereign debt, investment treaties, antitrust, bankruptcy, white-collar crime, employment, executive compensation, intellectual property and general commercial disputes.
The US and global regulatory landscape is ever-changing, and Cleary lawyers continue to draw upon a breadth of experience to proactively advise clients on emerging issues, as well as respond to increasing regulatory scrutiny related to transactions or in connection with potential risks that can lead to litigation or enforcement action. The firm has significant experience in areas such as antitrust, issues unique to financial institutions, cybersecurity and privacy, executive compensation and ERISA, environmental law, international trade and tax. Our team includes former senior officials of the US Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as two former General Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Industries & Regions:
Cleary applies its capabilities in these areas to provide integrated services to clients in a range of industries, from banking and financial institutions, energy and financial technology to private equity funds and real estate. With its rich history as a preeminent international law firm, the US-based lawyers also advise companies based in or doing business in different jurisdictions worldwide. Notably, the firm’s Latin America practice was founded over 50 years ago in the US and today features more than 100 lawyers firm-wide, principally in the New York, Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires and São Paulo offices.