Cleary Gottlieb Achieves Outstanding Results in Chambers Europe 2009

May 5, 2009

Cleary Gottlieb has been acclaimed in the latest edition of the Chambers Europe guide, with 62 of the firm’s partners and counsel and 42 of the firm’s practices highlighted. Comments from clients and peers are also extremely complimentary, including praise for “the pure excellence of [Cleary Gottlieb’s] service—high-quality work, quick reactions and a tremendous knowledge of private and public law” and the firm’s “supreme range of knowledge, experience and geographical reach.”

As there is a separate Chambers UK guide, this guide focuses more on the success of the firm’s other European offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, with top tier rankings across each jurisdiction. The firm also achieved top rankings in several practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Private Equity, Projects, Public Law, Restructuring/Insolvency, Tax and TMT.

Banking & Finance
“Favourably highlighting Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s ‘strong overall reputation,’ sources agree that the practice stands out for its ‘extremely well-connected’ position in the market and a strong list of high-profile clients. … Further afield, the practice is noted for its impressive international connections; in particular, it has seen a significant rise in the number of instructions from Russia, the Middle East and Asia.”

Competition/European Law
“Market observers ‘take their hats off to this splendid competition group,’ which ‘excels in complex transactions – it’s one of the most superior and excellent competition practices around.’ Clients are also full of praise for the high level of partner involvement: ‘It’s a big firm but the responsibility is always taken by a partner. It is not an anonymous group – all its partners are in the front line and they deliver outstanding and first-class service.’ The large multinational team is regularly involved in high-profile merger, cartel and Article 82 matters for an impressive plethora of international clients.” 

United Kingdom
Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance (Borrowers)
“This US law firm operates across practice areas with lawyers based in offices in France, Russia, Italy, Germany and Brussels. It enjoys a stellar reputation for the evenness of the quality across its offices, its committed international outlook and its work in the finance sector. In the UK the firm is highly regarded for representing US private equity sponsors in major leveraged and acquisition financings.”

Corporate Finance: High-end Cross-border
“This is a pedigree US law firm with a premier reputation for its work in the capital markets, derivatives, financial services and tax arenas. The firm has a long-established international outlook and operates as an integrated global partnership, with over 1,000 lawyers in more than 50 countries. Illustrative of this global presence, the firm’s website covers the mother tongue of every office, and in Europe the firm has highly rated operations in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Frankfurt, Cologne, Rome and Milan. Cleary frequently focuses on quality complex transactions rather than volume, and matters often involve several offices.”

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