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.

 

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Firm and Practice

  • Eleven “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2022
  • Americas Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021
  • Antitrust Firm of the Year and White-Collar Crime/Investigations Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards, 2021
  • Consumer, Retail, Food, and Beverage Deal of the Year – Large Cap (Roark-backed Inspire Brands acquires Dunkin’ Donuts parent)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Corporate Team of the Year in the UK (for Euronext’s acquisition of Borsa Italiana from LSE)
    Legal Business Awards, 2021
  • Cross-Border Deal of the Year (Warburg-backed Allied Universal Security acquires G4S)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Deal of the Year – Large Cap (T-Mobile and Sprint complete blockbuster merger)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Deals of the Year: Banking and Finance (LATAM Airlines’ $2.45 billion debtor-in-possession loan); ESG (Suzano’s sustainability-linked notes offering); and Restructuring (Argentina’s $65 billion foreign debt restructuring) 
    Latin Lawyer, 2021
  • Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year (Ecuador’s $17.4 billion sovereign debt restructuring); Loans Deal of the Year (LATAM Airlines’ DIP financing); and Restructuring Deal of the Year (McDermott International)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2021
  • Debt and Equity-linked Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2021
  • Digital Infrastructure/Telecoms Financing of the Year (Andean Telecom Partners’ bond debut)
    LatinFinance Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards, 2021
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year (JD Health’s $3.48 billion Hong Kong IPO)
    ALB Hong Kong Law Awards, 2021
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year – Midsize (Huazhu Group’s global offering and secondary listing in Hong Kong)
    ALB China Law Awards, 2021
  • High-Yield Deal of the Year (Government of Mongolia in $600 million liability management transaction)
    IFLR Asia Pacific Awards, 2021
  • Impact Deals of the Year (Advent, Cinven, and RAG’s acquisition of Thyssenkrupp’s Elevator business; Worldline’s acquisition of Ingenico)
    International Tax Review EMEA Tax Awards, 2021
  • Italian Litigation Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Litigation Awards, 2021
  • Italian Insolvency & Restructuring Team of the Year
    LegalCommunity Forty Under 40 Awards, 2021
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards, 2020 and 2021
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year and Italian Restructuring Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2021
  • Leading International Firm for Capital Markets (Overseas); Healthcare, Pharma, and Life Sciences; and Technology and Telecoms
    China Business Law Journal, 2021
  • M&A Deal of the Year – Premium (Facebook and Google’s acquisition of stake in Jio Platforms)
    ALB India Law Awards, 2021
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year (Google/Fitbit)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2021
  • No. 1 Law Firm in Latin America
    Latinvex, 2017-2021
  • No. 1 International Firm in Latin America
    Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, 2013-2021
  • No. 2 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2021
  • No. 17 Firm on A-List
    The American Lawyer, 2021
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (Advent, Cinven, and RAG Stiftung/ThyssenKrupp Elevator)
    IFLR Europe Awards, 2021
  • Russia Firm of the Year and Russia Capital Markets Firm of the Year
    IFLR Europe Awards, 2021
  • Securities Deal of the Year: Debt (Mongolia’s $600 million sovereign bond for sustainable development)
    The Asian Lawyer, 2021
  • South Korea International Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020, and 2021
  • Technology, Media, and Telecom Deal of the Year – Large Cap (Salesforce.com buys messaging company Slack)
    The Deal Awards, 2021
  • Ten “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2021
  • Top 20 Firm
    Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30, 2021
  • Best of the Frontier Markets (for Mongolia’s $600 million offering)
    FinanceAsia Achievement Awards, 2020
  • Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2020
  • China Deal of the Year (Huya’s $10 billion merger with Douyu)
    China Business Law Journal, 2020
  • Competition & EU Law Firm of the Year and Litigation Firm of The Year
    TopLegal Awards, 2020
  • Competition, Tax, and Sport Law Firm of the Year
    Class Editori Awards, 2020
  • Corporate Advisory Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2020
  • Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year (Suzano’s $750 billion first sustainability-linked bond for Latin America)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Corporate Issuer of the Year (Cemex for its three $1 billion each bond offerings)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Deal of the Year (GlaxoSmithKline in the sale of a 5.7% stake in Hindustan Unilever)
    India Business Law Journal, 2020
  • Deal of the Year (Schneider Electric and Temasek Holdings in the acquisition of Larsen & Toubro’s electrical and automation business)
    India Business Law Journal, 2020
  • Debt Securities Deal of the Year (LG Chem’s green bond offer)
    The Asian Lawyer, 2020
  • Greece Deal of the Year (Hellenic Republic’s bond issuance)
    CEE Legal Matters Awards, 2020
  • Impact Case of the Year (Google v. Android)
    Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards, 2020
  • Impact Case of the Year (Fiat Chrysler settlements)
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. East Coast Awards, 2020
  • Impact Case of the Year (Sears Chapter 11)
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. East Coast Awards, 2020
  • International Arbitration Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards, 2020
  • International Arbitration Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation U.S. East Coast Awards, 2020
  • International Arbitration Team of the Year
    Legal Business Awards, 2020
  • International Deal Firm of the Year; M&A Deal of the Year (for the business integration of Z Holdings and LINE); and TMT Deal of the Year (for Delivery Hero’s acquisition of Woowa Brothers)
    ALB Korean Law Awards, 2020
  • International Taxation Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Tax Awards, 2020
  • Italian Antitrust – EU & Competition Team of the Year
    LegalCommunity Forty Under 40 Awards, 2020
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2020
  • Law Firm of the Year in Latin America (for a record eighth time)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • M&A Firm of the Year; M&A Deal of the Year (sale of United Family Healthcare to New Frontier Corp.); and Debt Securities Deal of the Year (Crédit Agricole’s Panda bond program in China and ¥1 billion offering)
    China Law & Practice Awards, 2020
  • M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia (merger of Yahoo Japan and Line Corp.)
    The Asian Lawyer, 2020
  • M&A Deal of the Year – Premium and TMT Deal of the Year (integration of Z Holdings and LINE’s business)
    ALB Japan Law Awards, 2020
  • M&A Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2020
  • M&A Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2020
  • M&A (Public) Deal of the Year (for Suzano and Fibria’s merger); Capital Markets Deal of the Year (for Chile’s issuance of Latin America’s first green sovereign bonds); Restructuring Deal of the Year: Constellation Oil Group’s $1.5 billion global restructuring)
    Latin Lawyer, 2020
  • Matter of the Year (T-Mobile/Sprint); Merger Control Matter of the Year in the Americas (Disney/21st Century Fox); Merger Control Matter of the Year in Europe (IBM/Red Hat)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2020
  • Named Among the 15 ‘Key Players’ for India-related Deals
    India Business Law Journal, 2020
  • No. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2020
  • Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year (Pemex for its $5 billion offering that was reopened)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (as counsel to the project finance lenders of Brazilian debtor Constellation Oil Services Holding S.A.)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2020
  • Restructuring Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2020
  • Restructuring of the Year (Argentina’s $66 billion sovereign restructuring)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Restructuring Team of the Year (for Barbados’ sovereign debt restructuring)
    Legal Week’s British Legal Awards, 2020
  • Russia Deal of the Year (Severgroup’s Acquisition of TPG’s 34% Shareholding in Lenta and Subsequent Mandatory Tender Offer)
    CEE Legal Matters Awards, 2020
  • Russian Commodities Finance Deal of the Year (Rusal’s $1.09 billion sustainability-linked aluminum pre-export finance term facility)
    TXF Global Commodities Finance, 2020
  • Securities Firm of the Year
    The Asian Lawyer, 2020
  • Sovereign Issuer of the Year (Mexico’s $6 billion across multiple offerings)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Sovereign Liability Management of the Year (Ecuador’s $17 billion refinancing)
    LatinFinance, 2020
  • Three Overseas Deals of the Year (Burning Rock Biotech $256 million Nasdaq listing; JD Health’s HK$26.4 billion IPO in Hong Kong; and MINISO’s $608 million IPO on the NYSE)
    China Business Law Journal, 2020
  • Top 10 Global Elite Firm for Client Service in the UK
    The Legal 500, 2020
  • Top 10 Restructuring Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 100, 2020
  • Twelve “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2020
  • Antitrust Firm of the Year
    Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2019
  • Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Energy Awards, 2017 and 2019
  • Asia Telecom M&A Deal of the Year (Kazakhtelecom’s $446 million acquisition of a 75% stake in Kcell)
    TMT Finance, 2019
  • Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2019
  • Competition Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019
  • Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year (Grupo Bimbo)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Corporate Issuer of the Year (América Móvil)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Corporate Liability Management of the Year (Petrobras)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Deal of the Year (LG Chem’s $1.6 billion green bond offering)
    Asian-mena Counsel, 2019
  • Deal of the Year (Brookfield’s acquisition of Hotel Leela Ventures properties)
    India Business Law Journal, 2019
  • Deal of the Year (Financing of ESL’s $5.2 billion acquisition of Sears Holdings)
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Awards, 2019
  • Deal of the Year (Michael Kors/Gianni Versace)
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2019
  • Deal of the Year (UPL’s acquisition of Arysta LifeScience)
    India Business Law Journal, 2019
  • Deal of the Year and Activist Campaign of the Year (Perry Ellis International’s privatization)
    The Deal Awards Middle Market, 2019
  • Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year (Mexican Ministry of Finance and Mexico City Airport Trust tender offers and consent solicitations)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2019
  • Domestic M&A Deal of the Year (Suzano’s acquisition of Fibria)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Equity Follow-On of the Year (MercadoLibre)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • European Impact Deals of the Year (Essilor and Luxottica merger; Atlantia, ACS acquisition of Abertis)
    TP Week’s European Tax Awards, 2019
  • Financial Services Regulatory Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2019
  • Firm of the Year in France
    Benchmark Litigation Europe, 2019
  • Firm of the Year in Italy
    Benchmark Litigation Europe, 2019
  • Fund Formation Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2019
  • Global Elite Firm
    Legal Business’ “Global 100,” 2003-2019 (Every year since the list’s inception)
  • Highly Commended for Innovation in Technology and Data
    Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report, 2019
  • Highly Commended Private Equity Team (Transactional)
    LegalWeek’s British Legal Awards, 2019
  • Impact Case of the Year (CBS v. National Amusements)
    Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Impact Deal of the Year (Suzano’s acquisition of Fibria Celulose)
    International Tax Review’s Americas Tax Awards, 2019
  • Infrastructure Financing of the Year: Caribbean (financing for the Caucedo Port Terminal in the Dominican Republic)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • IPO of the Year (Hansoh Pharmaceutical’s $1 billion IPO)
    FinanceAsia Achievement Awards, 2019
  • Italian Pharmaceuticals Firm of the Year
    TopLegal, 2019
  • Italian Restructuring Firm of the Year
    TopLegal, 2019
  • Italian Telecommunications Firm of the Year
    TopLegal, 2018 and 2019
  • Italian Telecommunications Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards, 2016, 2017 and 2019
  • Korea Deal of the Year (LG Chem’s $1 billion 5.5/10-year & €500 million 4-year green bond)
    FinanceAsia Achievement Awards, 2019
  • Law Firm of the Year: Securities / Capital Markets Law
    U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defense: Auto Parts Antitrust Litigation
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2019
  • Matter of the Year (DOJ antitrust approval for Disney’s $71.3 acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets)
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Awards, 2019
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa: United Technologies/Rockwell Collins
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2019
  • Named Among the 10 ‘Key Players’ for India-related Deals
    India Business Law Journal, 2019
  • Named ‘Best of 2019’ for M&A
    Corporate Counsel, 2019
  • Nine Lawyers Named Trailblazers
    The National Law Journal, 2017-2019
  • No. 1 Law Firm for Antitrust
    Vault’s Best Law Firms by Practice Area, 2018-2019
  • No. 3 Foreign Corporate Firm in India
    Legally India’s InLegal 50, 2019
  • Only International Law Firm Ranked Band 1 for Capital Markets in South Korea
    Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2019
  • Only Top Tier Law Firm for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A (Latin America-wide)
    Chambers Latin America, 2009-2019
  • Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year (Pemex)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Restructuring of the Year (Mexico City Airport Trust)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Restructuring Community Impact Award ($1 Billion or More) (The Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund)
    The M&A Advisor, 2019
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Oi’s $20 billion restructuring)
    IFLR Americas Awards and Latin Lawyer, 2019
  • Russia Deal of the Year (CJSC Transmashholding and Loco-Tech Service LLC merger)
    CEE Legal Matters Awards, 2019
  • Sovereign Issuer of the Year (Chile)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Sovereign Liability Management of the Year (Mexico)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Syndicated Loan of the Year (Pemex)
    LatinFinance, 2019
  • Technology, Media & Telecom Deal of the Year (Disney/Fox)
    The Deal Awards, 2019
  • Top 10 Firm for Client Service in the UK
    The Legal 500, 2019
  • Top 10 Law Firm for Antitrust, General Corporate, International, Project Finance, Securities/Capital Markets, and Tax  
    Vault’s Best Law Firms by Practice Area, 2019
  • Top Global Firm
    Law360’s “Global 20” List of Preeminent Global Law Firms, 2011-2019 (Every year since the list’s inception) 
  • Top International Firm for Energy and Natural Resources
    China Business Law Awards, 2019


Pro Bono and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Top 15 Firm in the Diversity Scorecard
    The American Lawyer, 2018-2021
  • Top 25 Firm for Associate Satisfaction, Career Opportunities, Pro Bono, and DE&I
    Chambers Associate Survey, 2021
  • Top 25 Pro Bono Firm
    American Lawyer National Pro Bono Rankings, 2021
  • Top Firm for Health and Wellness
    Yale Law Women’s Top Firms for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report, 2021
  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Score
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020
  • Best New Pro Bono Activity (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) and Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership (Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre)
    LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, 2020
  • Five “Women Leaders”
    IFLR1000, 2020
  • Highly Commended for Corporate Social Responsibility (for partnering with the City of London Lord Mayor’s Appeal on its “She Can Be...” initiative)
    LegalWeek’s CSR Innovation Awards, 2020
  • Impact Fund of the Year (The Nature Conservancy’s Cumberland Forest Project)
    Environmental Finance’s Sustainable Investment Awards, 2020
  • International Mentoring Firm of the Year
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2020
  • International Pro Bono Firm of the Year
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2020
  • International Women in Business Law Firm of the Year
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2020
  • Pro Bono Volunteer Partner Award
    Catholic Charities Services, 2020
  • Top 5 Firm for Minority Attorneys
    Law360, 2020
  • Top Firm for Inclusion Initiatives
    Yale Law Women’s Top Firms for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report, 2020
  • Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2017-2019
  • Champion of Justice
    DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2019
  • CLEO EDGE Award for Diversity
    Council on Legal Education Opportunity, 2019
  • Inclusion & Diversity Partner of the Year
    GlaxoSmithKline, 2019
  • Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award
    Citi’s Global Legal Diversity Council, 2019
  • Legal Program Honor Roll
    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, 2019
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    The Legal Aid Society, 2009-2019 
  • Top 100 Law Firm for Women
    Women Inc. Magazine, 2019
  • World Justice Challenge Award for Malawi Death Penalty Resentencing Project
    World Justice Project, 2019

 

Legal Directory Recognitions

  • 259 practice and lawyer rankings; 46 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Global
  • 105 practice and lawyer rankings; 22 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Europe
  • 20 practice and lawyer rankings; 1 of which is top-tier
    Chambers UK
  • 128 practice and lawyer rankings; 25 of which are top-tier
    Chambers USA
  • 18 practice and lawyer rankings; 7 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Latin America
  • 18 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier 
    Chambers Asia-Pacific


Key Distinctions

  • Counsel to Over 50 Sovereigns
  • Counsel in Over 1,500 Completed M&A Transactions Since 2009, Valued at Over $3.1 Trillion (Thomson Reuters)
  • 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

  • Several Former Federal Prosecutors
  • 2 Former FDIC General Counsel
  • Former Deputy Director General of the European Commission DG for Competition
  • Former Assistant Chief of the International Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division
  • 2 Former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General of the DOJ’s 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 Director and Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition
  • Several Former Members of the European Commission’s Legal Service