Cleary Gottlieb Named "U.S. Law Firm of the Year" at Legal Business Awards

February 10, 2011

Cleary Gottlieb was named “U.S. Law Firm of the Year” at the Legal Business Awards 2011, which were held in London on February 10. The firm was commended for being “ever-present on the largest deals,” including acting as:

- Lead counsel to Nortel Networks Inc. and affiliates in their U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings, which are coordinated with proceedings in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Israel;

- Counsel to BHP Billiton in its $40 billion all-cash offer to acquire PotashCorp.; and

- U.S., French and English counsel to UC RUSAL in its $2.2 billion Hong Kong-listed IPO and simultaneous Euronext Paris listing -- the first Russian company to list in Hong Kong and the largest-ever Hong Kong IPO by an issuer outside Greater China.

Cleary Gottlieb was also noted for recent strategic developments, including launching its Hong Kong law practice; expansion into São Paulo, Brazil; and addition of leading English banking and finance litigator Jonathan Kelly, who joined the firm as a partner based in the London office.

The annual Legal Business Awards celebrate the very best in the legal profession.