Cleary Gottlieb an Elite Firm in Chambers USA 2024 Rankings

June 6, 2024

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

Cleary received 96 lawyer rankings, 17 of which were top-tier (16 Band 1 and 1 Eminent Practitioner), and 43 practice rankings, 12 of which were top-tier, in the 2024 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, California, District of Columbia, and Nationwide: “Cleary’s overall client service is great and focused on problem-solving.”; “Cleary is set apart by its excellent people and depth of practice.”; “The Cleary team has a ton of deal and litigation experience.”; “Cleary provides a great global perspective.”
  • Banking & Finance, New York and Nationwide: “The team is very practical and commercial.”; “Cleary’s group is highly effective, collaborative and solutions driven.”; “The practitioners are highly responsive.”
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: The Elite, New York and Nationwide: “I think the team’s strengths are their ability to find creative solutions to problems, to advocate on our behalf and to be efficient while staying thorough.”; “Cleary has a deep bench of smart and pragmatic bankruptcy professionals who thrive in challenging and complex situations.”; “Cleary works very closely with management to learn about the business quickly and integrate that knowledge in revising the best strategies for the case.”
  • Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Nationwide: “Cleary’s advice is always insightful, helpful, and practical. The lawyers are very diligent.”; “The firm’s unwavering dedication and legal prowess is truly impressive and their quality is astounding.”; “Cleary is an outstanding firm with super sophisticated lawyers who understand the client and deeply analyze issues.”
  • Capital Markets: Securitization, Nationwide: “Cleary are always responsive and get up to speed quickly.”; “The Cleary team is talented and capable. They are prepared and diligent.”
  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite, New York and Nationwide: “Cleary’s M&A team are real experts at what they do. They have a unique ability to translate their advice into plain English. They have great judgment and tactical acumen.”; “Cleary has incredible depth and breadth of knowledge of the transactional space.”; “Cleary has a deep bench of expertise. The lawyers are incredibly facile with the most complex M&A-related matters.”
  • Derivatives, Nationwide: “Cleary’s advice is always thoughtful, nuanced and demonstrates thorough understanding of the products, the commercial constraints and legal history.”; “The Cleary team goes above and beyond to raise thoughtful questions.”; “Cleary’s legal excellence, coupled with its deep market experience, produces first class results.”
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, New York and Nationwide: “We are very impressed with Cleary’s support of our issues.”; “Their guidance is both practical and creative.”; “Cleary has a deep bench of attorneys that bring a breadth of experience.”
  • FCPA, Nationwide: “The team at Cleary Gottlieb is highly qualified and knowledgeable on multi-jurisdictional regulation.”; “The firm is knowledgeable on every detail that exists about the FCPA and they are also experts in leading investigations. The team has world class seasoned experts that can handle any type of FCPA-related case.”; “The team produces high quality work in addition to being very responsive.”
  • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), Nationwide: “The firm demonstrates a superior ability to understand business needs quickly and provide proactive and expert legal support and guidance.”; “Cleary’s bank regulatory and derivatives regulatory teams are exceptional. They have a deep bench of talented attorneys to cover our needs in these areas.”; “The lawyers are very responsive and their responses are always to the point. Their business sensitive recommendations and options are always appreciated.”
  • International Arbitration: The Elite, Nationwide: “They have an outstanding mixture of seasoned in-house professionals and excellent advisors.”; “Cleary team has excellent advisors, who are very experienced and practical.”; “Cleary’s team are great strategic thinkers, planning many steps ahead. They are incredibly responsive and available.”
  • International Trade, Nationwide: “The Cleary Gottlieb team are very responsive and helpful in addressing our questions.”; “Cleary Gottlieb are very good at understanding complex issues and are excellent in providing their advice.”; “The team is comprised of very skilled lawyers.”
  • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite and Securities, New York: “The quality of their work - especially the briefing, oral argument and litigation strategy - is very strong.”; “Cleary Gottlieb has really smart, committed people and has always been one of my favorite firms.”; “They are outstanding in quality, confidence and business skills.”
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The Elite, New York and Corporate Crime & Investigations: The Elite, Nationwide: “The team are incredibly thoughtful and effective for their clients.”; “The firm’s cross-border strength really sets them apart in the market.”; “The firm is extraordinarily well equipped to handle complex matters.”; “The team have excellent strategic instincts and can interface with regulators and prosecutors expertly.”; “Cleary has an outrageously strong team of white-collar lawyers and they are singular in terms of their depth of talent.”
  • Mining and Metals, Nationwide: “Cleary’s team is really good - I have never seen a lawyer there that is not brilliant.”; “Cleary is a go-to firm for complex, cross-border matters.”; “Cleary is top notch. Its attorneys are fast, thorough, and also bring a level of practicality to matters.”
  • Private Equity: Buyouts: High-end Capability, New York and Nationwide: “Cleary were responsive and professional. They knew the issues and what was appropriate within the market.”; “The team works tirelessly to support their client. The expertise, level of service and responsiveness is excellent.”; “They’re great thought partners. Cleary go beyond execution to help with strategy and problem-solving to achieve the desired outcome.”
  • Private Equity: Fund Formation, Nationwide: “Cleary has a strong team of both partners and associates who can function at the highest level on fund formation matters.”; “Its practitioners provide thoughtful guidance and are very responsive.”; “The team are industry experts in the fund formation space.”
  • Real Estate, New York and Nationwide: “The team is very competent from the senior members down to the junior associates. They have a deep bench and are always very responsive.”; “They are very practical and commercial in their approach. The team is able to easily identify key issues, explain them efficiently and provide one or more viable solutions.”; “Cleary has a strong team of knowledgeable attorneys and focuses on important issues. We go to Cleary for our most complex matters.”; “The firm is highly responsive and extremely focused on making sure that the clients feel that they are working in complete lockstep to close a transaction.”
  • Securities: Regulation, Nationwide: “The team has exceptional strategic vision.”; “The Cleary lawyers are very knowledgeable with great judgment. They are incredibly focused on client service and responsiveness.”; “Cleary is very commercial and practical in their advice.”; “Cleary has a strong, highly qualified global network.”
  • Tax, New York and Nationwide: “They are top of the pack in terms of excellence and responsiveness.”; “Not only can they handle complex and sophisticated matters, but they can do so in compressed timeframes while maintaining a high quality.”; “They had a lot of experience handling complex transactions.”

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