Cleary Gottlieb Achieves Excellent Results in Chambers Asia 2014

February 25, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb has achieved outstanding results in the latest version of Chambers Asia, with 15 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, and recognized for the first time for its energy and natural resources work in China.

Based on Chambers Asia’s interviews with clients and competitors that took place in 2013, 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: “Remains active on debt and equity, primarily devoting its resources to the South Korean, Indian and Chinese markets. Praised in China for its expertise in offshore renminbi-denominated bond issuances.”

Partner involvement: “One of the strengths is the hands-on approach its partners take, as well as the client management skills partners and associates exhibit during the process.”

Industry knowledge:
“I’d say a big strength is their knowledge of the Korean issuer market, including new laws and market standards.” 

Corporate/M&A and Private Equity: “Known for its work for financial institutions and private equity clients in the Asia-Pacific region. Highly active in China acting in private equity transactions as well as representing domestic companies on outbound investments. Also regarded for its work in South Korea acting for international fund houses on inbound investments and capital markets matters.”

International capability: “I think they are well resourced to handle large-scale transactions and co-ordinate them across various jurisdictions.” 


Capital Markets: Debt and Equity (International Firms): “A growing reputation for debt capital markets matters. Also continues to be noted for Hong Kong IPOs.”

Partner involvement: “One of their strengths is the hands-on approach its partners take, as well as the client management skills partners and associates exhibit during the process.” 

Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms): “A frequent representative of global banking and private equity clients in strategic M&A investments and take-private mandates. Has also developed market recognition for assisting domestic mining and energy companies on acquisitions overseas.” 

Energy & Natural Resources (International Firms): Recognized firm. 

Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms): “Long-standing reputation for its work on multi-jurisdictional private equity mandates. An increasingly popular team for China-based companies and fund clients, in addition to its original portfolio of well-known investment funds. Developing its focus on China-specific matters.” 


Capital Markets (International Firms) (Desks Based Abroad): “Strong track record in advising on India-related capital markets transactions. Of late the team has picked up several block trade and offer for sale (OFS) mandates.”

Solution-focused: “Very practical yet very firm, and focused on finding solutions.” 

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Desks Based Abroad): “Long-standing reputation for advising leading Indian corporates and conglomerates on cross-border M&A and private equity work. Also instructed by multinationals on inbound deals.”

International capability: “They have an understanding of how India works, how the regulators tend to behave, and what the processes could entail.”

“As a team they were so co-ordinated and on top of all the issues.” 


Corporate & Finance (Desks Based Abroad): “Led out of the Hong Kong office, it has strong ties with the Malaysian market and is especially adept in capital markets work, recently handling one of the largest IPOs in the world.”

Client service: “We have an excellent relationship; we are very comfortable working with them.” 


Corporate & Finance (Desks Based Abroad): “Represents inbound clients on various acquisitions. Experienced in handling overseas securities listings for local clients. Noted for its experience in working with financial institutions in the securities offerings by the government.” 

South Korea 

Capital Markets (International Firms): “Deep experience representing Korean issuers in a large number of securities offerings. Particularly active in high-value debt offerings of late.”

Bench strength: “You find them on big deals, and they have a good, strong Korea team.”

Market standing:
“Undeniable strength in historical reputation and expertise in capital markets.” 

Corporate/M&A (International Firms): “Long-standing operation with a substantial practice in cross-border acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. Represents Korean clients on outbound ventures as far afield as Europe and South America.”

For the full text of these rankings, please visit the Chamberswebsite.