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

  • Eight “Market Leaders”
    IFLR Financial & Corporate Rankings, 2019
  • Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    LegalCommunity Corporate 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 (Essilor’s €46 billion combination with Luxottica)
    LegalCommunity Corporate Awards, 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
  • Five Lawyers Named Trailblazers
    The National Law Journal, 2017-2018
  • French Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Europe Awards, 2018
  • Global Elite Firm
    Legal Business’ “Global 100,” 2003–2018 (Every year since the list’s inception) 
  • International Deal Firm of the Year
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2016-2018 
  • Italian Telecommunications Firm of the Year
    TopLegal, 2018 
  • Matter of the Year (Dow/DuPont merger of equals)
    Global Competition Review Awards, 2018 
  • Matter of the Year (Petrobras’ U.S. securities fraud 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  
  • No. 1 Law Firm for Antitrust
    Vault’s Best Law Firms by Practice Area, 2018
  • No. 1 Law Firm in Latin America
    Latinvex, 2016-2018
  • 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 (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. 1 in the Top 25 “Global Elite”
    Global Competition Review, 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
  • Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Deal of the Year (Samsung’s sale of its printer business to HP)
    ALB Korea Law Awards, 2018
  • Top 10 Law Firm for Antitrust, International, Tax, Project Finance, Securities/Capital Markets, General Corporate, and Banking and Financial Services
    Vault’s Best Law Firms by Practice Area, 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
  • Top 20 Firm
    Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30, 2018
  • Top Global Firm
    Law360’s “Global 20” List of Preeminent Global Law Firms, 2011-2018 (Every year since the list’s inception) 
  • Twenty Two Hall of Fame Lawyers
    The Legal 500, 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
  • Best IPO (Line Corporation’s $1.3 billion IPO)
    FinanceAsia’s Japan Achievement Awards, 2017  
  • Best Law Firm in Latin America
    LatinFinance, 2012-2017
  • 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 (Azure Power’s high-yield green bonds)
    Asian-mena Counsel Deals of the Year Awards, 2017
  • Deal of the Year (Samsung Electronics’ sale of its printer business to HP)
    Asia Business Law Journal, 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 Philippines’ IPO)
    ALB Philippine Law Awards, 2017
  • Fourteen Next Generation Lawyers
    The Legal 500 U.S., 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 20 U.S. Firm 
    NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting Inc.’s Best Corporate Law Firms, 2017


Workplace and Pro Bono

  • 100% Corporate Equality Index Score
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018
  • Ally for Justice Award
    Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, 2018
  • Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm
    Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Women in Business Law Awards, 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
  • 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
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
    The Legal Aid Society, 2009-2018
  • Top 10 Firm for Minority Attorneys
    Law360, 2018 
  • Top 10 in the Diversity Scorecard
    The American Lawyer, 2018 
  • Top 20 Firm
    The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Rankings, 2018
  • Top Firm for Gender Equity
    Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Female Friendly Firms Report, 2018 
  • Best Contribution by an International Firm: Toynbee Hall’s Women’s Free Legal Advice Clinic
    LawWorks Annual Pro Bono 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
  • 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
  • 27 practice and lawyer rankings; 2 of which are top-tier
    Chambers UK
  • 124 practice and lawyer rankings; 37 of which are top-tier
    Chambers USA
  • 33 practice and lawyer rankings; 10 of which are top-tier
    Chambers Latin America
  • 22 practice and lawyer rankings; 5 of which are top-tier 
    Chambers Asia
  • 39 practice and lawyer rankings; 18 of which are top-tier
    Benchmark Litigation
  • 39 practice and lawyer rankings; 15 of which are top-tier
    Benchmark Litigation Europe


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

  • 11 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 Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition
  • Several Former Members of the European Commission’s Legal Service

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