Cleary Gottlieb an Elite Firm in Chambers USA 2022 Rankings

June 1, 2022

Cleary Gottlieb continues to earn recognition as a premier law firm in the latest edition of Chambers USA.

Cleary received 82 lawyer rankings, 16 of which were top-tier or better, and 41 practice rankings, 12 of which were top-tier, in the 2022 guide.

Chambers USA, which covers the top lawyers in the United States in nationwide and regional rankings, including California, New York, and Washington, D.C., cited a wide range of client and competitor commentary about Cleary’s experience across practices, industries, and regions. Feedback from clients and peers included:

  • Antitrust, District of Columbia and Nationwide: “To quote Tina Turner, Cleary are ‘simply the best.’ They are thoughtful, responsive and efficient”; “Cleary is our go-to merger control group - I think their team is the best in the world.”
  • Banking & Finance, New York and Nationwide: “Cleary’s team members are all very strong, they are amazing – they are not only very technically competent but also solution-oriented”; “Cleary’s team has experience in pretty much everything, and their capability is high from the senior partner to the associate team.”
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring, New York: “Cleary’s team is extremely knowledgeable and very professional”; “They are very sophisticated, responsive, and efficient.”
  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Nationwide: “The team at Cleary Gottlieb are all committed to excellence and the delivery is outstanding”; “[Cleary’s] global scale allows them to have visibility into various different issues globally, which helps multinationals navigate their own issues”; “[The team’s] responsiveness and level of service is unmatched.”
  • Capital Markets: Securitization: CLOs, Nationwide: “Cleary is especially strong on CDOs, CLOs and novel cross-border questions”; “They are excellent – timely and technical with sharp drafting skills.”
  • Capital Markets: Structured Products, Nationwide: “Cleary has a reputation for having thoughtful and well-versed lawyers. I have always had a wonderful time working with Cleary. The work is high quality and always on time.”
  • Corporate Crime & Investigations, Nationwide: “This group of lawyers is among the best in the country for white-collar defense work. They are also outstanding in the area of internal investigations”; “It is an excellent, cohesive team with a logical and strategic way of working.”
  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite, New York and Nationwide: “Across the board its lawyers are very smart, intelligent, and pragmatic. They’re creative and intelligent lawyers who solve issues and take a practical approach.”
  • Derivatives, Nationwide: “Cleary delivers comprehensive advice on very tight time frames. Their client service is so good it often feels like a luxury product.”
  • Energy: Mining and Metals (Transactional), Nationwide: “The team has deep experience in mining transactions and presents its advice in a commercially focused way.”
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, New York and Nationwide: “[Cleary] is an excellent firm on the deal side and in terms of public company representation.”
  • Financial Services Regulation, Nationwide: “They have a wide range of regulatory expertise. They are a one-stop shop for financial industry players”; “They are really good at helping with complex investigations and litigation. They have tons of resources they can commit to matters”; “As a team they are great and individually very strong in their respective areas of expertise. We trust their judgment on very complicated and nuanced issues.”
  • International Arbitration, Nationwide: “Cleary’s level of service is exceptional.”
  • International Trade: CFIUS Experts, Nationwide: “The work Cleary performed was excellent. The team was clear, precise, and straightforward”; “Cleary is very strong. The team is efficient, and able to help on legal and commercial points.”
  • Private Equity: Buyouts: High-end Capability, Nationwide: “The quality of work is among the highest, if not the highest, of the firms that I work with.”
  • Private Equity: Fund Formation, Nationwide: “The team is exceptionally organized and works hard to get to know our firm.”
  • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite, New York: “Sources say the firm has a ‘great breadth of talent across geographies and subject areas.’”
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The Elite, New York: “It is an excellent, cohesive team with a logical and strategic way of working”; “Very collaborative and each member of the team contributes their own views”; “Among the best in the country for white-collar defense work.”
  • Real Estate, New York and Nationwide: “[Cleary] is fantastic at finding elegant solutions to complex issues in structured finance and real estate finance deals. Additionally, they take a commercial approach which creates a smooth execution.”
  • Securities: Litigation, Nationwide: “The firm has great breadth of talent across geographies and subject areas.”
  • Securities: Regulation: Advisory, Nationwide: “The Cleary Gottlieb team is responsive, thorough and especially sensitive to cross-border challenges”; “The partners we work with have intimate subject matter knowledge and real-life experience.”
  • Tax, New York and Nationwide: “It is an excellent tax department with a strong bench.”

To view the firm’s full rankings, click here.