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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Presiding Partner: Faiza J. Saeed
Number of partners worldwide: 85
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 429
International Offices: New York

THE FIRM Founded in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognised as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of its practices is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognised for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the UK and throughout the world.



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 represent companies in a diverse range of M&A transactions, including public company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, as well as hostile takeovers and the defense of companies and boards of directors against activist hedge funds. Cravath also advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and tax planning and structuring. The firm has a highly regarded capital markets practice, representing issuers and investment banks in domestic and global offerings. Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional financings. The firm 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 issues triggered by financial distress or insolvency. Cravath’s highly regarded environmental lawyers work with its clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a broad range of environmental issues. The firm’s IP lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multiparty joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements and portfolio development and exploitation. Cravath’s tax department designs tax-efficient structures for mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, private equity deals and internal restructurings. The firm’s executive compensation and benefits department advises 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. Cravath’s trusts and estates lawyers work closely with US and non US private clients to realize their business, estate planning and philanthropic goals by advising them on the creation and administration of trusts, estates and charitable foundations.

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, M&A, securities, tax and white collar criminal defense. 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 and represents clients in securing regulatory approvals. With respect to IP, the firm handles critical litigation involving trade secrets, patents, copyright and trademarks and frequently advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy. In the area of securities litigation, the firm is widely recognized for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases.

INTERNATIONAL Cravath is committed to an international practice of the highest quality. Its lawyers regularly advise clients based outside the US on a wide range of international transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets and bank financings, and general corporate and SEC compliance matters. The firm’s investigations team has expertise conducting cross-border internal and government investigations involving companies subject to multiple government authorities operating under differing regulatory regimes. Cravath represents clients in litigation in US courts and in arbitrations and investigations conducted throughout the world.

CLIENTS Along with governments and multinational institutions, the firm’s client base includes some of the world’s best known companies and financial institutions, including: AerCap, American Express, Amgen, AngloGold Ashanti, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Ashland, Avon, AXA, Bacardi, BAE Systems, Banco Santander, Bayer Schering Pharma, British American Tobacco, Casa Cuervo, Citigroup, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, Costamare, Credit Suisse, Dassault Systèmes, Delhaize, Deloitte & Touche, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Börse, Disney, Drax, Dufry, European Investment Bank, Ferroglobe, GasLog, Genpact, Goldman Sachs, Grupo Villar Mir, HDFC Bank, hibu, Honeywell, IBM, INEOS, Johnson & Johnson, Jose Cuervo, JPMorgan Chase, KION, Kloeckner & Co, Linde, Lindsay Goldberg, Morgan Stanley, Mylan, Naspers, NCR, Nestlé, NH Hotel Group, Novartis, Peugeot, Picard, Premier Foods, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QUALCOMM, Qualis, RELX, Rogers Communications, Royal Dutch Shell, Royal KPN, RWE, Sappi, Schneider Electric, Starbucks, Technicolor, Telia, UBS, Unilever and Vivendi.


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