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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Firm Details:

Presiding Partner: Faiza J Saeed

Number of partners worldwide: 106

Number of other lawyers worldwide: 436

Firm Overview:

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognised as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of the firm’s practices is highly regarded and its lawyers are recognised for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the US and throughout the world. Cravath was founded in 1819 and maintains offices in New York, London and Washington, D.C.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate:

Cravath’s work with many of the world’s most significant companies has enabled it to develop a broad-based corporate practice. Clients repeatedly choose Cravath for their most significant and complex matters. The firm’s corporate lawyers represent companies and boards in their most critical needs across the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including cross-border and US-inbound mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and strategic investments, as well as in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and shareholder activist campaigns. Cravath also advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of private equity investing. The firm's capital markets practice is balanced between representing issuers and underwriters in US and non-US offerings of debt, including high-yield bonds, equity and convertible notes. Cravath offers clients an integrated global banking platform, melding expertise in non-US structuring perspectives and US investor expectations to successfully execute cross-border financings. The financial institutions group practice counsels financial institutions, fintechs and other non-bank firms in transactional, regulatory, supervisory, enforcement and governance matters. Cravath provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. The financial restructuring and reorganization practice addresses a wide range of financial distress situations involving both chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. Cravath’s corporate IP lawyers advise clients in connection with issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, data, trade secrets, privacy and information security. The firm’s highly regarded environmental lawyers focus on environmental issues across a broad range of business transactions, and on matters associated with ESG, sustainability concerns and climate change.

Tax:

Cravath’s elite tax department designs tax‑efficient structures for an array of complex US and non‑US matters involving mergers, spin-offs and corporate separations, private equity, investment management and funds, and early-stage companies and venture capital funds.

Executive Compensation & Benefits:

Cravath’s ECB department brings experience and judgment to its clients’ employee benefits and compensation matters, which are often central concerns in corporate transactions. The firm’s ECB lawyers advise companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and members of senior management in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements as well as legal compliance concerns.

Litigation:

Clients turn to Cravath to handle their most significant and sensitive disputes and investigations across a broad range of practice areas and industries. The firm’s litigators are routinely called upon to represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities and in many other types of proceedings, including internal and government investigations and enforcement actions. The firm has extensive experience in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, employment, general commercial, IP, investigations and regulatory enforcement, M&A and securities. Companies, boards and board committees regularly rely on the firm to handle contested transactions and guide them through the intricacies of shareholder litigation and investigations, as well as complying with applicable laws and regulations. In addition to handling antitrust litigation, the firm advises on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws and represents clients in securing regulatory approvals. With respect to IP, the firm handles critical litigation involving patents, trade secrets, copyright and trademarks in industries as wide-ranging as technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Cravath also frequently advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy and the identification of IP assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes. In the area of securities litigation, the firm is widely recognised for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases on behalf of issuers, financial institutions and audit firms. Its white collar team of seasoned litigators and corporate advisory lawyers brings extensive experience from the government and private sectors to a wide variety of investigations, disputes and corporate matters.

Trusts & Estates:

The firm’s trusts and estates lawyers have served as legal counsel, advisors and trustees to several generations of families who built many of the world’s most important businesses. The firm’s lawyers work closely with US and non-US private clients to realize their estate planning and philanthropic goals by advising them on the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations.

International Work:

Each of Cravath’s practice areas has a strong international focus, and more than one-third of its clients are based outside the United States. The firm’s lawyers work on a diverse range of matters and regularly advise on a variety of capital markets, M&A, general corporate, commercial banking and SEC compliance matters. Cravath lawyers often work closely with leading law firms in Europe and elsewhere, providing advice on complex transactions that require extensive knowledge of and experience in the laws of multiple jurisdictions. The firm represents clients in litigation in US courts and in arbitrations and investigations conducted throughout the world.

Ranked Offices

Provided by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

USA - Head office
UK
  • London
    Citypoint, One Ropemaker Street, London, Greater London, UK, EC2Y 9HR
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Contributions

Latest contributions provided by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Christopher K Fargo
Alyssa K Caples
Margaret T Segall
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G J Ligelis Jr, Christopher K Fargo, Alyssa K Caples, Margaret T Segall
Article • Dec 2023

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP rankings

Global Guide 2024
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Global: Multi-Jurisdictional
Banking & Finance
1 Department
Department
Banking & Finance
3
Banking & Finance
3
Band 3
Capital Markets: Debt
1 Department
Department
Capital Markets: Debt
3
Capital Markets: Debt
3
Band 3
Capital Markets: High-Yield Products
1 Department
Department
Capital Markets: High-Yield Products
2
Capital Markets: High-Yield Products
2
Band 2
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A
4
Corporate/M&A
4
Band 4
Tax
1 Department
Department
Tax
5
Tax
5
Band 5
Latin America - International Counsel
Corporate/M&A
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
David Mercado
5
David Mercado
5
Band 5
UK
Banking & Finance
2 Ranked Lawyers
Lawyers
Korey Fevzi
4
Korey Fevzi
4
Band 4
Philip Stopford
6
Philip Stopford
6
Band 6
USA
Banking & Finance
1 Department
3 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Banking & Finance
2
Banking & Finance
2
Band 2
Lawyers
George (Jed) E Zobitz
2
George (Jed) E Zobitz
2
Band 2
Stephen Kessing
3
Stephen Kessing
3
Band 3
Tatiana Lapushchik
3
Tatiana Lapushchik
3
Band 3
Capital Markets: Convertible Debt
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Andrew J Pitts
2
Andrew J Pitts
2
Band 2
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States
6 Ranked Lawyers
Lawyers
Andrew J Pitts
1
Andrew J Pitts
1
Band 1
Craig F Arcella
2
Craig F Arcella
2
Band 2
Stephen L Burns
2
Stephen L Burns
2
Band 2
William V Fogg
2
William V Fogg
2
Band 2
Nicholas Dorsey
5
Nicholas Dorsey
5
Band 5
Michael E. Mariani
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Michael E. Mariani
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Up and Coming
Capital Markets: Equity: Manager Counsel
1 Department
Department
Capital Markets: Equity: Manager Counsel
2
Capital Markets: Equity: Manager Counsel
2
Band 2
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