Cleary Gottlieb Achieves Excellent Results in Chambers UK 2013

November 6, 2012

Cleary Gottlieb has achieved outstanding results in the latest version of Chambers UK, with 16 of our London partners recognized as leading lawyers. Feedback from clients and peers is overwhelmingly positive: “Considered to be a ’tremendous firm with a great reputation,’ it has been praised for being ’fundamentally focused on the client.’”

Based on Chambers and Partners’ interviews with clients and competitors that took place between December 2011 and mid-2012, the following Cleary Gottlieb practices are recognized for being among the best in the UK (with some selected quotes): 

Banking & Finance: Borrowers and Sponsors
“The focus of Cleary’s banking practice is centred on its high-end borrower and sponsor clientele ... Emerging markets are a key focus for the team, and the firm acts for a range of natural resources companies on major financings. Interviewees speak positively of the ’tremendous attention to detail, quick turnaround times’ and high standard of service of the team. The firm is internationally considered a leader in advising sovereign states in this field.”
Banking Litigation
“With the addition of several top names, this group is now a serious contender in the financial litigation field. In the short space that it has existed it has attracted a considerable amount of high-profile work ... Clients laud the 16-strong team for its service-focused approach: ’It always make us feel that we are the centre of the attention and the team really cares for the client.’” 

Capital Markets: Debt and Equity and High-Yield Products
“This firm’s market-leading capital markets practice represents clients throughout the EMEA region, with a special focus on Eastern Europe. The team handles significant representations on the underwriter side and its clients include major financial institutions, corporates and sovereign issuers. Clients say it is ’one of the top firms’ and ’very reliable’. On the DCM side the team has represented clients in MTN programs, note offerings and Eurobond work. The firm also has liability management expertise in working on consent solicitations, as well as exchange and tender offers. On the ECM side the firm offers a full suite of services including advice on IPOs, share offerings, share dispositions and US securities advice. The firm’s equity team has an especially strong Russian banking client base … The firm also has a strong high-yield product offering.”

Competition/European Law 
“Cleary Gottlieb is traditionally recognized for its leading Brussels practice but has since been developing real capability in London. The group counts erstwhile employees of the OFT and the Competition Commission among its ranks, and it advises on all facets of competition law including market investigations, merger control and market dominance.”

Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
“With a ’sound commercial approach’ this team has been at the forefront of emerging markets work since its inception and has benefited from long-standing relationships in these markets to capitalize on the international surge in M&A. Considered to be a ’tremendous firm with a great reputation,’ it has been praised for being ’fundamentally focused on the client.’”
Dispute Resolution: Litigation: Highly Regarded and International Arbitration
“This ’smart’ and ’commercially sensible’ firm enters the rankings this year on the back of strong feedback from clients and market sources. The firm handles litigation for a number of large corporates and sovereign nations, and in recent months has acted on litigation relating to cartel investigations, financial institution clients and emerging markets fraud actions. Clients say: ’They always make us feel that we are the centre of attention and that they really care. They are always ready to participate.’”

Private Equity: Buyouts
“This major US firm fields a ’good bench of smart people who are versatile and can turn their hand to unique transactions.’ It has had a successful year in the emerging markets, with a raft of instructions relating to Africa, the Middle East and Russia. The team continues to be active in the European market.”