Recent Accolades

Cleary Gottlieb is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, global legal services, and is consistently recognized by publications and directories that cover the legal and financial industries for its success across practices.


Firm and PracticeWorkplace and Pro BonoLegal Directory RecognitionsKey DistinctionsGovernment and Agency Insight


Firm and Practice

  • Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year (Kyobo Life Insurance’s subordinated capital securities offering)
    IFLR Asia Awards, 2018
  • Only Top Tier Law Firm for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A (Latin America-wide)
    Chambers Latin America, 2009-2018
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (McDonald’s strategic partnership with CITIC and Carlyle)
    IFLR Asia Awards, 2018
  • Ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2018
  • Regulatory/Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Energy Awards, 2018  
  • Seven “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2018
  • Americas Law Firm of the Year
    International Financial Law Review, 2015-2017
  • Antitrust Firm of the Year
    Chambers USA, 2015 and 2017
  • Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity, 2017
  • Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2015, 2016 and 2017 
  • Competition Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year (Sigma Alimentos’ €600 million eurobond)
    LatinFinance, 2017
  • Corporate Liability Management of the Year (Petrobras, $6.97 billion)
    LatinFinance, 2017
  • Counsel in Two of the Eight Largest Russian Disputes of the Year
    Kommersant, 2017
  • Deal of the Year: ZhongAn’s Hong Kong IPO
    China Business Law Journal, 2017 
  • Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year
    International Financial Law Review, 2017 
  • Equity Deal of the Year; Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year; and Deal of the Year (Samsung BioLogics’ IPO)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2017
  • Equity Follow-On of the Year (IEnova’s September 2016 MXN27.1 billion F/O offering)
    LatinFinance, 2017
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year: CEMEX Holdings Phillipines’ IPO
    ALB Philippine Law Awards, 2017
  • Fourteen Next Generation Lawyers
    Legal 500 U.S., 2017
  • GAR 30 Firm
    Global Arbitration Review, 2017
  • Global Elite Firm
    Legal Business’ “Global 100,” 2003–2017 (Every year since the list’s inception) 
  • Grand Prize Winner for Global Dispute of the Year: Transnational Litigation: Nortel Networks Bankruptcy
    The American Lawyer, 2017
  • Grand Prize Winner for Global Finance Deal of the Year: Capital Markets (Debt): Argentina Sovereign Debt Offering
    The American Lawyer, 2017
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2017 
  • Italian Energy – Oil & Gas and Italian M&A Law Firm of the Year
    TopLegal, 2017
  • Italian Telecommunication Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards, 2017
  • Law Firm of the Year in Latin America
    LatinFinance, 2012-2017 
  • Leading Cybersecurity Law Firm
    The BTI Consulting Group’s Survey of Corporate Counsel, 2017
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize): McDonald’s Corporation
    The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards, 2017
  • M&A Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate M&A Awards, 2017
  • Nine Lawyers Named to Under 40 Hotlist
    Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • No. 1 Law Firm in Latin America
    Latinvex, 2016 and 2017
  • Only “Elite” Ranked Firm in Washington, D.C. Antitrust Bar
    Global Competition Review, 2017
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year: McDonald’s Corporation
    Mergermarket China M&A Awards, 2017
  • Russian Law Firm of the Year
    International Financial Law Review, 2013-2017
  • Securities Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2017
  • Seven Global Legal Awards
    The American Lawyer, 2017
  • Seven Partners Named Trailblazers
    The National Law Journal, 2016-2017
  • South Korea International Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia, 2013, 2015 and 2017
  • Sovereign Liability Management of the Year and Local Currency Deal of the Year (República Oriental del Uruguay, UYU35.3 billion)
    LatinFinance, 2017
  • Top 5 Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 30, 2017
  • Top 15 Firm
    Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2017
  • Top Global Firm
    Law360’s “Global 20” List of Preeminent Global Law Firms, 2011-2017
  • Twelve U.S. Hall of Fame Lawyers
    Legal 500, 2017

Workplace and Pro Bono

  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Score
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018
  • Best Contribution by an International Firm: Toynbee Hall’s Women’s Free Legal Advice Clinic
    LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards, 2017 
  • Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm
    Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards, 2017
  • Freedom Award Winner
    Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, 2017
  • Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year: International Death Penalty Project
    The American Lawyer, 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    American Bar Association, 2017
  • Top 10 Family Friendly Firm
    Yale Law Women, 2017
  • Top 15 Law Firm
    Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, 2017
  • Pro Bono Firm of the Year
    Law360, 2016
  • Pro Bono Hot List
    The National Law Journal, 2016


Legal Directory Recognitions

  • 294 practice and lawyer rankings; 57 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Global
  • 147 practice and lawyer rankings; 33 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Europe
  • 30 practice and lawyer rankings; 2 of which are top-tier
    Chambers UK
  • 125 practice and lawyer rankings; 35 of which are top-tier
    Chambers USA
  • 19 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Latin America
  • 22 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier 
    Chambers Asia
  • 41 practice and lawyer rankings; 17 of which are top-tier 
    Benchmark Litigation

Key Distinctions

  • Counsel to Over 50 Sovereigns
  • Ranked No. 2 for Global Announced M&A by Value (Mergermarket, 2017)
  • Largest Ever Sovereign Debt Restructuring
  • Largest Ever Leveraged Buyout
  • Largest Ever Real Estate Transaction
  • Largest Ever Patent Portfolio Sale
  • Most Prominent Antitrust Case of the Decade
  • Represented Over 50 Financial Institutions in Financial Crisis-Related Litigation


Government and Agency Insight

  • 10 Former Federal Prosecutors
  • 2 Former FDIC General Counsel
  • Former Deputy Director General of the European Commission DG for Competition
  • 2 Former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General of the DOJ Antitrust Division
  • 2 Former SEC General Counsel
  • Former Chief Litigation Counsel of the SEC’s Enforcement Division
  • Former Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance
  • Former Director of International Strategy for the IRS’s Large Business and International Division
  • Former Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition
  • Several Former Members of the European Commission’s Legal Service


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