Cleary Gottlieb Achieves Excellent Results in Chambers Asia 2013

March 6, 2013

Cleary Gottlieb has achieved outstanding results in the latest version of Chambers Asia, with 14 of the firm’s practices and 10 partners and counsel working in China, India, the Philippines and South Korea highlighted. In addition, the firm was commended for its work in Malaysia and for its “Asia-wide” work.

Based on Chambers Asia’s interviews with clients and competitors that took place between March and September 2012, the following Cleary Gottlieb practices are recognized for being among the best in the region, with some selected quotes:

Asia-Pacific Region

Capital Markets: Debt and Equity:
 “This impressive US group is a strong competitor in the debt and equity markets in the region, primarily known for its high-quality work in South Korea together with notable activity in China and India. Capital markets also forms a core part of the Hong Kong corporate team’s workload, and the team is frequently called upon to represent issuers and underwriters on a variety of transactions.... Sources say: ‘This firm is proactive and is always trying to protect client’s interests while at the same time being reasonable to other professional parties.’” 

Corporate/M&A and Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: “This American firm garners tremendous respect from sources for its transactional abilities, and its presence in Asia has recently been strengthened with the opening of a new office in Seoul. Sources say: ‘We have tremendous respect for the team, we think they are top notch.’” 


Capital Markets: Debt and Equity (International Firms): “This firm’s corporate team provides the capital markets muscle and expertise needed to make its mark on the scene. Hong Kong IPOs and privatisations are particular specialities. Sources say: ‘They view things in a very practical manner – they’ll clearly put your interests first but also help you identify the other party’s interests too.’” 

Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms): “This 55-lawyer practice handles all facets of complex and sophisticated corporate transactions covering cutting-edge M&A, private equity, capital markets and restructuring issues. It advises on inbound investments into the Asian region and outbound transactions by PRC and Hong Kong-based corporates. Sources say: ‘For public M&A they are my preferred advisory lawyers.’”

Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms): “This internationally renowned firm fields a high-quality team of practitioners skilled in private equity as well as M&A, capital markets and restructuring.”


Capital Markets (Experts Based Abroad):
 “Practitioners based in this firm’s London and Hong Kong offices work in tandem on a number of its India-related mandates.” 

Corporate/M&A (Experts Based Abroad): “This respected US firm focuses on high-end transactions, and typically represents blue-chip US and European clients seeking to expand into India. Sources say: ‘We were impressed with the team’s excellent level of service, quality, reliability and availability.’” 

Corporate & Finance (Experts Based Abroad): “Working primarily from its base in Hong Kong, this firm maintains an active presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region, utilising its global network to advise on a range of cross-border transactions and projects. In relation to Malaysia, the firm has set its sights on high-value capital markets activities.”


Corporate & Finance (Experts Based Abroad): “This firm has a long expertise of handling Philippines work. It has successfully executed a wide range of sophisticated transactions in the region, including mergers and acquisitions, and numerous other forms of corporate and financing work such as privatisations, project financing and restructuring. The team is the designated underwriters’ counsel for offerings by the Republic of the Philippines. Sources say: ‘A quality outfit - they have a very big presence.’” 

South Korea

Capital Markets (International Firms): “This firm is recognized as a pre-eminent presence in the capital markets arena, a reputation that will only be further enhanced with its new on-the-ground offering in Seoul. It is particularly active acting on the issuer side in equity capital markets transactions. The practice also covers debt work…..” 

Corporate/M&A (International Firms): “This firm is best known for its impressive bench strength and active outbound practice. It continues to grow from strength to strength and opened a foreign legal consultant office in South Korea in October 2012, consolidating over two decades of experience of handling Korean-related work.”

For the full text of these rankings, please visit the Chambers’ website.