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Firm profile for Global 2021

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This firm is also ranked in:

USA 2021 UK 2022 Latin America 2022

About

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Presiding Partner: Faiza J Saeed
Number of partners worldwide: 88
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 439

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 and London.

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 largest and most complex matters. The firm’s corporate lawyers advise companies in a diverse range of M&A transactions, including public company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures, as well as hostile takeovers and the defence of companies and boards of directors against shareholder activists. Cravath’s global private equity practice advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies on all aspects of a fund’s life cycle, including transactions involving SPACs and PIPEs. Cravath has a preeminent capital markets practice, representing issuers and investment banks in all types of US and non-US offerings. The firm’s commercial banking lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from routine working capital facilities to multicurrency, multijurisdictional and highly structured financings. Cravath provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. The firm’s restructuring practice addresses a wide range of financial distress situations involving both chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts in domestic and cross-border matters. 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 work with the firm’s clients on environmental issues across a broad range of business transactions, and on matters associated with ESG, sustainability concerns and climate change.

Tax:
Cravath’s tax department designs tax-efficient structures for US and cross-border transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, SPACs and private equity fund formations and acquisitions. In addition, its lawyers advise issuers and underwriters on the tax aspects of all types of capital markets offerings and credit facilities. Clients rely on Cravath’s tax lawyers for their extensive legal knowledge, practical and sound business judgment and ability to explain complicated issues in a clear and understandable way.

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.

Clients:
Along with governments and multinational corporations, the firm’s client base has included some of the world’s best known companies and financial institutions, including: AerCap, Akorn, Amazon, American Express, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Ashland, Avon, AXA, Bacardi, Banco Santander, Barrick Gold, British American Tobacco, Brookfield Asset Management, Cuervo, Colgate-Palmolive, Credit Suisse, Deloitte & Touche, Deutsche Börse, Deutsche Telekom, European Investment Bank, Epic Games, Facebook, Ferroglobe, Genpact, Goldman Sachs, Grupo Villar Mir, HDFC, Honeywell, IBM, INEOS, Johnson & Johnson, Just Eat Takeaway.com, KION, Knorr-Bremse, Linde, Lindsay Goldberg, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Naspers, NCR, Nestlé, Nomura, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Occidental, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QUALCOMM, RELX, Rothschild & Co, Shell, Sappi, Spirits International, Starbucks, Telia, UBS, Unilever, Viacom, Viatris, Vivendi, Wells Fargo, Westpac, WestRock, Weyerhaeuser, White Mountains, The Williams Companies and YPF.

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This firm is also ranked in:

USA 2021 UK 2022 Latin America 2022

Contributions

Total 3 contributions

Law and Practice

Acquisition Finance 2021 in USA

Authors: Nicholas A. Dorsey, Margaret R. M. Rallings

Introduction

Investing In... 2021 in Introduction

Authors: G. J. Ligelis Jr.

Ranked Departments

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Capital Markets: Debt
Band 3
Capital Markets: Equity
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Capital Markets: High-Yield Products
Band 2
Corporate/M&A
Band 3
Latin America-wide

Corporate/M&A
Band 4
USA

Banking & Finance
Band 1

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David Mercado
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George (Jed) E Zobitz
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Michael S Goldman
Band 1
Tatiana Lapushchik
Band 3

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States


Andrew J Pitts
Band 1
Craig F Arcella
Band 2

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Michael S GoldmanBanking & Finance
Andrew J PittsCapital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States
Evan R CheslerCompetition/Antitrust
Faiza J SaeedCorporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)
Evan R CheslerIntellectual Property: Patent
Evan R CheslerLitigation: Trial Lawyers
Andrew W NeedhamTax: Corporate
Stephen L GordonTax: Corporate
Band 2
George (Jed) E ZobitzBanking & Finance
Craig F ArcellaCapital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States
Stephen L BurnsCapital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States
Christine A VarneyCompetition/Antitrust
Mark I GreeneCorporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)
Robert I Townsend IIICorporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)
Evan R CheslerLife Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation
Band 3
Tatiana LapushchikBanking & Finance
William V FoggCapital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States
David MercadoCorporate/M&A

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London

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Worldwide Plaza

825 Eighth Avenue

New York

New York

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NY 10019-7475

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