Cleary Gottlieb Scores High Ranks Worldwide in Practical Law Global 50 Report; 70 Cleary Gottlieb Lawyers Recognized in Their Fields

June 1, 2007

Cleary Gottlieb won high scores worldwide in the recently released PLC Which Lawyer? Global 50 Report, which rated law firms and individual lawyers in various countries (and, in the case of the U.S., cities) in key corporate and commercial practice areas. A testament to the firm’s global prowess, PLC recognized 70 Cleary lawyers working in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia and the United States as tops in their respective fields.

The editorial commentary noted that “Cleary Gottlieb maintains excellent clients and undertakes mainly high-value work,” highlighting Cleary as a “world leader in U.S. and international capital markets and finance” with “breadth and depth of expertise” in its competition/antitrust practice that is “unmatched.”

PLC determines the Global 50 based on a weighted aggregate of all the national rankings (as of September 2006) that firms receive across practice areas; to be in the Global 50, firms must operate as unified partnerships and have also scored rankings on at least two continents and in at least three individual countries. PLC is a U.K.-based provider of market intelligence and transaction analysis to business lawyers.

The Global 50 Report recognized the following Cleary practices as being among the best in the world (references to “U.S.” denote nationwide ranking, and to “EU” denote pan-European legal fields):

Banking and Finance
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, New York, Russia, U.S.

Capital Markets
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, New York, U.S.

Competition/Antitrust (European, U.S.)
Belgium, EU, France, Germany, Italy, U.S., Washington, D.C.

Corporate Real Estate
New York

Corporate M&A
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, New York, Russia, U.S.

Dispute Resolution
France, Italy, New York, U.S.

New York

Labor and Employee Benefits
New York

Life Sciences
EU, France, U.S.

Private Equity/Venture Capital
England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, New York

Restructuring and Insolvency
France, Russia

England, France, Germany, Italy, New York, U.S.

Telecoms, Media and IT
Belgium, EU, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy

The Cleary Gottlieb lawyers distinguished by PLC as among the best in the world are:


· Jean-Louis Joris and Laurent Ruzette for corporate/M&A;

· Laurent Legein for corporate/M&A, equity capital markets, private equity/venture capital, and corporate governance;

· Jan Meyers for corporate/M&A, equity capital markets, banking and finance, and corporate governance;

· Dirk Vandermeersch for competition/antitrust, media, and telecommunications.


· Daniel Braverman and Sebastian Sperber for equity capital markets: cross-border advice;

· Andrew Curran for corporate/M&A;

· Simon Jay for corporate/M&A and private equity: buyouts;

· Nikhil Mehta for tax;

· Ashar Qureshi for equity capital markets: cross-border advice, debt capital markets, and high-yield products.

European Union

· Maurits Dolmans and Mario Siragusa for competition and telecommunications;

· Nicholas Levy and Robbert Snelders for competition;

· Asger Petersen for State aid;

· Romano Subiotto for life sciences: competition/antitrust, State aid, and competition;

· Antoine Winckler for State aid and competition.


· Jean-Marie Ambrosi and Robert Bordeaux-Groult for private equity/venture capital;

· Andrew Bernstein and John Brinitzer for equity capital markets;

· Francois Brunet for competition/antitrust and life sciences: competition/antitrust;

· Pierre-Yves Chabert for corporate/M&A, equity capital markets, and private equity/venture capital;

· Pascal Coudin, Arnaud de Brosses and Gilles Entraygues for tax;

· Jean-Yves Garaud for dispute resolution;

· Jean-Michel Tron for corporate/M&A, private equity/venture capital, tax, and corporate governance;

· Jean-Pierre Vignaud for corporate/M&A and project finance;

· Antoine Winckler for competition/antitrust.


· Gabriele Apfelbacher and Thomas Kopp for equity capital markets;

· Romina Polley and Dirk Schroeder for competition/antitrust;

· Klaus Riehmer for corporate/M&A and telecommunications;

· Jürgen Sieger for corporate/M&A;

· Christof von Dryander for debt capital markets and equity capital markets;

· Daniel Weyde for tax.

Hong Kong

· Filip Moerman for private equity/venture capital.


· Matteo Beretta for competition/antitrust;

· Roberto Bonsignore for corporate/M&A;

· Roberto Casati for corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, and corporate governance;

· Pietro Fioruzzi and Michael Volkovitsch for equity capital markets;

· Vania Petrella for tax;

· Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini for corporate/M&A, private equity/venture capital, and corporate governance;

· Mario Siragusa for competition/antitrust, telecommunications, and media.


· Scott Senecal for banking and finance and corporate/M&A.

United States

· David Becker, Alan Beller, Victor Lewkow and Daniel Sternberg for corporate governance;

· George Cary for life sciences: competition/antitrust.

Washington, D.C.

· Brian Byrne, George Cary, David Gelfand and Mark Leddy for competition/antitrust.

New York

· Lawrence Friedman for dispute resolution: arbitration;

· Michael Gerstenzang for private equity: fund formation;

· Seth Grosshandler and Edward Rosen for derivatives;

· Edward Kleinbard, Jim Peaslee and Yaron Reich for tax;

· Arthur Kohn and Brick Susko for employee benefits and pensions;

· David Leinwand, Michael Ryan and Paul Shim for private equity: buyouts;

· Victor Lewkow and Daniel Sternberg for corporate/M&A;

· Leslie Silverman for equity capital markets and debt capital markets;

· Allan Sperling and Roger Thomas for debt capital markets.