Cleary Gottlieb Named Top Tax Firm in International Tax Review's 2006 Worldwide Rankings

November 29, 2005

Cleary Gottlieb’s tax practice received impressive coverage in International Tax Review’s “World Tax 2006” rankings, a comprehensive guide to the world’s leading tax firms and tax advisers.

One of only a handful of law firms to be heralded as a leading tax firm on both sides of the Atlantic, Cleary Gottlieb received top recognition for its tax practice in New York, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.    

In each region, several Cleary Gottlieb partners were also distinguished as leaders in their individual practices.  Listed by geographical region, they are:

New York

Ed Kleinbard and Jim Peaslee were recognized for their outstanding work in capital markets. In its commentary, ITR said that Cleary Gottlieb “remains at the forefront of New York law firms for tax transactional matters where the combined talent of Ed Kleinbard and Jim Peaslee makes the team number one for advice on financial products and structured finance issues.”  


Pascal Coudin was highlighted for his work in M&A, and Gilles Entraygues was recognized for work in both M&A as well as tax controversy.  Arnaud de Brosses was also noted as an important part of Cleary Gottlieb’s top-notch French tax practice.   ITR said that the firm “has an outstanding individual in Gilles Entraygues.  He is particularly recommended for his work in corporate structuring matters.”


Daniel Weyde was noted as a top performer in capital markets and financial products.  In summarizing Cleary Gottlieb’s German tax practice, ITR said Daniel is “one of the up-and-coming names in the market.”

United Kingdom

Jim Duncan received recognition for his work in M&A and cross-border structuring.  ITR lauded additional lawyers at the firm, calling Nikhil Mehta a “well respected partner” and noting David Saltzman’s contributions as U.S. counsel in London.