In Memoriam: Tony Gooch

January 26, 2017

The lawyers and staff of Cleary Gottlieb are sorry to announce that our retired partner, Tony Gooch, passed away on January 24.

Tony joined the firm in 1964, became a partner in 1973, and retired in 2000. His practice focused on international corporate transactions, particularly derivatives, privatizations, cross-border investments, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Tony was deeply engaged in the earliest stages of the development of interest rate and currency swaps, publishing a leading treatise in the field. While Tony was primarily based in the New York office, he also served in the Brussels office and played a pioneering role in the development of Cleary’s Brazilian practice. He was resident in Rio de Janeiro from 1973 to 1978, advising the firm’s clients with interests in Brazil including the Brazilian government, the international banking community, and private investors.

Among his many outside activities, Tony served for many years on the board of trustees of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the situation of the rural poor and their communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He served for several years as its general counsel after he retired from Cleary.

Tony’s enthusiasm, energy, and intelligence contributed enormously to the life, reputation, and growth of the firm and its international standing and reputation.