Cleary Gottlieb Continues Unparalleled Success in Chambers Latin America 2012 Guide

October 10, 2011

Cleary Gottlieb achieved outstanding results in the just-released 2012 edition of Chambers Latin America. The guide highlights Cleary Gottlieb as one of the best international law firms in Latin America with six leading practices. Cleary Gottlieb is the only firm ranked in the top tier for both the Latin America-wide capital markets and corporate/M&A categories. The firm also ranked in the top tier for banking & finance for the Latin America-wide category and capital markets (lawyers based abroad) in Brazil. Fourteen partners were named as “leading individuals” in their respective practice areas.

The following Cleary Gottlieb practices are recognized for being the best or among the best in Latin America, based on Chambers’ interviews of the firm’s clients and lawyers at other firms: 

Banking & Finance – “Cleary Gottlieb undeniably has the deepest bench and broadest coverage in Latin America, as well as a first-class reputation in New York. Its lawyers are practical and business-oriented, and can call on a wide range of resources from across the firm. The firm advises a huge roster of banking clients, representing both lenders and borrowers. … ‘They’re in high demand and this is a testament to their world-class service.’” 

Capital Markets – “Cleary Gottlieb is known for its unparalleled expertise, presence and geographical range in Latin America. Clients are full of praise for the confident manner with which the firm manages their accounts, and praise its excellent partner availability. … ‘The firm knows all the banks, gets to know its clients extremely well and shows tremendous leadership and great financial knowledge.’” 

Corporate/M&A – “Cleary Gottlieb is firmly established in the region with a long history of involvement in large Latin American transactions. … ‘This is an extremely strong Latin American practice that delivers excellent work.’” 

International Arbitration – “The firm has a strong background in sovereign representation but also acts for large multinationals. … ‘Active in the region for a long time and a dominating force in the arbitration market.’” 

Projects – “This firm has a prestigious and dedicated Latin American practice and is a market leader for banking, corporate finance and capital markets work across the region. These financial credentials spill over into the projects field and the team advises several natural resources companies on managing their finances. The team’s caseload favors the more complex engagements and leans towards the sponsor side, although it also advises lenders from time to time. … ‘The firm takes a very practical approach and is excellent in legal terms but also in making sure we meet our business objectives.’” 

Capital Markets: Lawyers Based Abroad (Brazil) – This international firm enjoys great market respect and has a long history of providing top-notch advice on Brazilian international capital markets matters. The team is constantly involved in the most ground-breaking transactions and its formidable reputation has enabled it to develop a prestigious client base ... ‘Cleary has a global footprint and a strong team of lawyers dedicated to Brazil.’”

For complete results, please visit Chambers’ website.