Cleary Gottlieb Ranks Among Top Four of Law360’s Global 20 Firms

August 5, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb was ranked fourth in the Law360 Global 20 list of preeminent global law firms. The list selects and ranks the 20 law firms that had the largest global presence and were involved in the biggest, most complex, and most diverse array of cross-border matters. The firm was selected for its work on complex, high-profile issues throughout the world and its large global footprint. Cleary Gottlieb has been ranked in each annual Global 20 list that celebrates firms at the forefront of global expansion.

In Law360’s profile of the firm, Cleary Gottlieb is described as “an 1,188-attorney powerhouse,” that “is brought in for some of the most complex cross-border deals.” The firm’s representations of Lenovo ($2.3 billion purchase of IBM’s x86 server hardware and maintenance service business), Google (sale of Motorola Mobility), and Lafarge (€40 billion merger with Switzerland’s Holcim) were mentioned, highlighting Cleary Gottlieb’s cross-border work. Additionally, the article noted the firm’s international expertise and lockstep compensation model. London partner Sebastian Sperber was quoted discussing Cleary Gottlieb’s calculated expansion strategy and describing the firm’s increasing opportunities in emerging markets. Additionally, Mark Leddy was quoted emphasizing the firm’s reputation for excellence, substantial work around the globe, and Latin American practice.

Law360 is an online news source that covers a wide array of legal practice areas daily. Since 2011, Law360 has published the Global 20 list annually to celebrate firms at the forefront of global expansion.