Cleary Gottlieb Sets Standards for Excellence in Inaugural Chambers Latin America Guide

October 16, 2008

Cleary Gottlieb achieved outstanding results in the just-released, debut edition of Chambers Latin America.

The guide showcases Cleary Gottlieb as one of the leading international law firms in Latin America with five top-ranked practices. Cleary Gottlieb is the only firm ranked in the top tier for both capital markets and corporate/M&A for the overall Latin America category. The firm is also ranked in the top tier for capital markets in Brazil. Sixteen partners were recognized as “leading individuals” in their respective practice areas.

The following Cleary Gottlieb practices are recognized for being either the best or among the best in Latin America based on Chambers’ interviews of the firm’s clients and lawyers at other firms:

Capital Markets – “Cleary Gottlieb’s pole position in Latin American high-end capital markets work remains unassailable: universal feedback once again crowns it as ‘a truly spectacular leader.’ … Market observers highlight the firm’s unrivalled expertise in high-end international securities transactions, particularly advising underwriters on IPOs. … Sources say the firm stands out not only for its involvement in blockbuster transactions in the region, but also for its ‘powerful and well-prepared bench.’”

Corporate/M&A – “This New York heavyweight is typically labelled ‘the undisputed leader, and the true benchmark when it comes to corporate work Latin America.’ With roots in the continent that stretch back 50 years, the firm is widely recognised for its supremacy in sovereign work, having represented Latin American governments in their financings and debt restructurings; high-end corporate and securities work are the other core strengths of the team. In the words of one seasoned client: ‘I know it’s going to be plain sailing when Cleary lawyers are in the deal.’ Sources give full marks to Cleary Gottlieb for its ‘unrivalled commitment to the region.’”

International Arbitration – “The firm’s ‘top-notch’ litigation and arbitration team … is lauded as ‘extremely hands-on – you always get access to senior partners, and you never get false promises. Moreover, the lawyers provide a global view that is extremely beneficial.’”

Projects – “Cleary Gottlieb enjoys a respected presence across the region, receiving unfettered praise for its ‘superb sovereign relationships.’ Clients appreciate the team’s common-sense approach: ‘These quality lawyers are deal-oriented but also care about doing things smoothly.’”

Capital Markets: Overseas Counsel (Brazil) – “The ‘highly consistent and excellent service’ provided by this team draws applause from clients and peers who view the department as a powerhouse. With its technical expertise and knowledge of the area, the team has acted on a substantial number of deals. One peer commented: ‘I’ve never seen a deal where the team hasn’t been extremely impressive.’”