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

  • Americas Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2020
  • Competition, Tax, and Sport Law Firm of the Year
    Class Editori Awards, 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 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
    LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards, 2020
  • Italian Media Firm of the Year
    TopLegal Industry Awards, 2020
  • M&A Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2020
  • Ranked No. 1 International Firm in Latin America
    Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, 2013-2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • Top 10 Global Elite Firm for Client Service in the UK
    The Legal 500, 2020
  • Twelve “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2020
  • Ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 2020
  • South Korea International Firm of the Year
    Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 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. 1 Law Firm in Latin America
    Latinvex, 2016-2019
  • 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 15 Firm
    Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30, 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
  • 30th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Capital Markets
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2018
  • Asset Management Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2018
  • Best Law Firm in Latin America
    LatinFinance, 2012-2018
  • Best Local Currency Financing and Best Airport Financing (New International Airport of Mexico City)
    LatinFinance Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards, 2018
  • Capital Markets Deal of the Year (Mexico City Airport Group Fibra E placement)
    International Tax Review’s Americas Tax Awards, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (Petrobras in a $4 billion liability management transaction)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (The Province of Buenos Aires in a $1.5 billion offering)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (Pemex in a $4 billion offering & two concurrent liability management transactions)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. in connection with the $9.2 billion merger with Fibria Celulose S.A.)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (Oi S.A. in its $20 billion restructuring)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (The United Mexican States in a €1.5 billion offering)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (The Dominican Republic in a $1 billion offering and a DOP40 billion offering)
    LatinFinance, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (Essilor’s €46 billion combination with Luxottica)
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (OPUS Group’s listing venue move from ASX to HKSE)
    China Business Law Journal, 2018
  • Deal of the Year (SenseTime’s series of C/C+ round financing)
    China Business Law Journal, 2018
  • Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year (Bancolombia’s Basel III subordinated notes offering)
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2018 
  • Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards, 2018 
  • Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year (Kyobo Life Insurance’s subordinated capital securities offering)
    IFLR Asia Awards, 2018
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (The Export-Import Bank of Korea’s floating-rate notes offering)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2018
  • Eight Dispute Resolution Stars
    Benchmark Litigation Europe, 2018
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year (Kakao Corp’s issuance of global depositary shares)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2018
  • French Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Europe Awards, 2018
  • Global Finance Deal of the Year (Oi S.A.’s $20 billion restructuring)
    The American Lawyer, 2018
  • Global Litigation/Dispute Resolution Matter of the Year (Dow/DuPont antitrust efforts)
    The American Lawyer, 2018
  • International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2018
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2016-2018
  • Matter of the Year (Dow/DuPont merger of equals)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2018 
  • Matter of the Year (Petrobras’ U.S. securities litigation)
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Awards, 2018
  • M&A Deal of the Year (McDonald’s $2.08 billion strategic partnership with CITIC and Carlyle)
    ALB China Law Awards, 2018
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (Kindred Healthcare’s $4.1 billion sale to TPG Capital, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Humana Inc.)
    The Deal Awards, 2018
  • Private Equity Deal of the Year (McDonald’s $2.08 billion strategic partnership with CITIC and Carlyle)
    IFLR Asia Awards, 2018
  • Ranked Among “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms”
    Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2018
  • Ranked No. 4 for Emerging Markets International Bonds
    CBonds’ Issuer & Arranger Legal Adviser League Table, 2018
  • Real Estate Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2018
  • Regulatory/Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Energy Awards, 2018  
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (Odebrecht Óleo e Gás’ debt reorganization)
    Latin Lawyer and IFLR, 2018 
  • Russia Deal of the Year (The Far Eastern Shipping Company’s restructuring)
    CEE Legal Matters Awards, 2018
  • Securities Practice Group of the Year
    Law360, 2017 and 2018
  • Seven Partners Named to 40 & Under Hot List
    Benchmark Litigation, 2018
  • Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Deal of the Year (Samsung’s sale of its printer business to HP)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2018
  • Top 12 Key Player for India-related Deals
    India Business Law Journal, 2018 
  • Top 15 Law Firm
    Vault’s Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018
  • Top 15 Firm
    Global Restructuring Review’s GRR 30, 2018
  • Twenty Two Hall of Fame Lawyers
    The Legal 500, 2018


Workplace and Pro Bono

  • Top Pro Bono Firm, Ranked No. 26
    American Lawyer National Pro Bono Rankings, 2020
  • Impact Fund of the Year (The Nature Conservancy’s Cumberland Forest Project)
    Environmental Finance’s Sustainable Investment Awards, 2020
  • Top 10 in the Diversity Scorecard
    The American Lawyer, 2018-2020 
  • Top Firm for Inclusion Initiatives
    Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Firms for Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report, 2020
  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Score
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2020
  • Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 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
  • No. 1 Law Firm for Career Opportunities
    Chambers Associate Survey, 2019
  • No. 2 Law Firm for Diversity and Inclusion
    Chambers Associate Survey, 2019
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    The Legal Aid Society, 2009-2019
  • Top 5 Firm for Minority Attorneys
    Law360, 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
  • Ally for Justice Award
    Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, 2018
  • Best International Firm for Talent Management
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Awards, 2018
  • Collaboration Award Winner (for work with 28TooMany)
    TrustLaw, 2018
  • Collaborator in Pursuit of Justice Award
    The Bronx Defenders, 2018
  • Most Valuable Law Firm
    International Refugee Assistance Project, 2018
  • Pro Bono Award
    Catholic Migration Services, 2018
  • Pro Bono Honoree
    Make the Road NY, 2018
  • Pro Bono Partner
    Start Small Think Big, 2018
  • Top 20 Firm
    The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Rankings, 2018

 

Legal Directory Recognitions

  • 291 practice and lawyer rankings; 53 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Global
  • 113 practice and lawyer rankings; 22 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Europe
  • 27 practice and lawyer rankings; 2 of which are top-tier
    Chambers UK
  • 110 practice and lawyer rankings; 22 of which are top-tier
    Chambers USA
  • 35 practice and lawyer rankings; 10 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Latin America
  • 18 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier 
    Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • 43 practice and lawyer rankings; 22 of which are top-tier
    Benchmark Litigation
  • 50 practice and lawyer rankings; 44 of which are top-tier
    Benchmark Litigation Europe


Key Distinctions

  • Counsel to Over 50 Sovereigns
  • Counsel in Over 1,300 Completed M&A Transactions Since 2009, Valued at Over $2.5 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

  • 9 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

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