Cleary Gottlieb Among Top Ten Most Innovative Firms in Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers Report

December 4, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb was ranked among the top ten most innovative law firms by the Financial Times in its fifth annual North America Innovative Lawyers Report, a survey on the state of innovation in the U.S. legal industry. The firm ranked sixth overall for “legal expertise,” the category that measures a firm’s ability to provide innovative service.

Cleary Gottlieb earned two “highly commended” rankings in the Finance category, a “commended” ranking in the Corporate & Commercial category, a “commended” ranking in the litigation category, and a “commended” ranking in the Social Responsibility- Pro Bono Cases category. The research for the report was conducted by RSG Consulting, a legal research group. The rankings were determined through RSG Consulting’s independent research and interviews. RSG Consulting evaluated a record 448 submissions from 127 of the leading firms and in-house teams across North America.

A summary of Cleary Gottlieb’s rankings is below:

FT 40: The firm placed tenth in the FT 40 - a ranking of the top 40 law firms based on overall scores received in all categories.

Finance: Cleary Gottlieb received a “highly commended” ranking for representing a consortium of creditors in OGX’s bankruptcy. The firm also received a “highly commended” ranking for acting as counsel to American Roads in a ruling on no-action clauses that facilitated the successful restructuring of American Roads.

Corporate & Commercial: Cleary Gottlieb received a “commended” ranking for representing Suntory in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam.

Litigation: Cleary Gottlieb received a “commended” ranking for acting for Wilmington Trust in its complex Chapter 11 proceedings against Residential Capital and its affiliated debtors.

Social Responsibility-Pro Bono Cases: Cleary Gottlieb received a “commended” ranking for a holistic representation of sex trafficking victims.

To view the full report, click here.