Cleary Gottlieb Maintains Excellent Rankings in Legal 500 UK 2009

December 14, 2009

Cleary Gottlieb continued to maintain excellent rankings in the Legal 500 UK 2009 guide. The following practices have been commended, with quotes from the Legal 500 commentary and directly from clients:

Dual U.S./UK Law Capability - 51-100 Fee-Earners: “Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an acclaimed market leader on the international scene in private equity and capital markets.”

Corporate Tax: “Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP boasts strong financial services and M&A capability.”

EU and Competition: “Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has a leading European and global practice ... [and] has appeared in the High Court and CAT on a regular basis.”

Equity Capital Markets - UK Capability: “The ’always exceptional’ firm is highly regarded for its strength on Russian deals.”

Equity Capital Markets - U.S. Capability: “When it comes to U.S. ECM work in London, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is ’the best - you want to have them on your side in a tough spot.’”

M&A - Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, £250m+: “Clients and peers alike attest that Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s UK M&A practice ... is one of the highest quality in the City. Its focus is overwhelmingly on international transactions as opposed to domestic work, and for Europe-wide capability the firm must rank near the top, having acted on a number of the largest transactions across the continent in recent years.”

M&A - U.S. Law Capability: “Top notch for U.S. M&A.”

Acquisition Finance: “In addition to advising leading US private equity groups ... on tricky financings in Europe, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s London finance partners ... are frequently instructed on financings involving large cross-border trade acquisitions across the globe.”

Debt Capital Markets: ”’A great firm,’ Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s London team is often underwriter counsel for investment grade issues.”

High Yield: “A very good capital markets firm.”

Emerging Markets: “Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP ’has several very accomplished partners in its India practice,’ and has continued to build on its strong reputation for corporate work here, as well as in Africa, where it remains a leading firm.”

In addition, the firm’s Private Equity and Bank Lending - Investment Grade and Syndicated Loans practices received distinction.