United States

Cleary Gottlieb has extensive experience representing prominent American corporations, including some of the world’s largest, in virtually all industries including mining and metals, energy, consumer products and retail, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, airlines and aerospace, technology, media and advertising, telecom, food and beverages, industrial services and banking and other financial services. We are equally skilled in advising international Fortune 500 companies as we are smaller organizations with their most challenging legal matters. Our lawyers advise boards of directors and their special committees, general counsels, legal departments, and senior management principally in the areas of contests for corporate control, M&A, fiduciary duties, capital markets, governance, antitrust, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, tax, environmental, and employee benefits and executive compensation.

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Practice Highlights What Others Say About Our Practice

Highlights of our U.S. Corporate practice include:

  • Representing both public and private corporations in recommended and hostile deals including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, tender offers, share sales and purchases, and minority investments, including in many of the largest and most high profile domestic and cross-border M&A deals to date.

  • Advising the boards of leading U.S. companies on fiduciary duties, governance, contests for corporate control, sale of control and disclosure matters.

  • Advising top-tier U.S. issuers in their capital markets transactions, including the efficient execution of debt and equity offerings as well as understanding, structuring and executing sophisticated and complex transactions.

  • Advising on the antitrust aspects of many of the most challenging transactions in the most highly regulated industries and on many of the largest and most celebrated transactions of the last decade.

  • Advising in the multiple dimensions of litigations, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, white-collar defense and investigations, agency and regulatory, intellectual property, products liability, environmental, bankruptcy, employment and pension issues, and antitrust.

  • Advising debtors, creditors’ committees, investors and trustees in complex and high-profile out-of-court restructurings, Chapter 11 cases, ancillary and cross-border proceedings, as well as both buyers and sellers in distressed M&A transactions.

  • Creative and constructive tax planning, developing solutions to complex problems, promptly and effectively responding to innovation in the financial markets, and advising on the taxation of transactions.

  • Advising on all aspects of employee benefit plan regulation and compensation issues.

  • Assisting clients with their most important transactions and most delicate questions.

Top North American Legal Adviser to Investment Banks
Global Finance, 2015
Top 10 Innovative Law Firm
Financial Times - U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, 2013 and 2014
Law Firm of the Year
Legal Business, 2013
Securities Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2011 and 2013

Real Estate Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2013

Tax Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2013

Banking Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2013
Top Two Elite Competition Firm
Global Competition Review, 2011-2014
Competition/Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Global, 2012 and 2013 
M&A Practice Group of the Year,
Antitrust Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2012
Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award
Bank of America, 2013

Diversity Firm of the Year
Benchmark Litigation, 2013
International Trade and Finance Firm of the Year
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers' Best Law Firms, 2013
Best International Firm Latin America Practice
Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Americas Women in Business Law Awards," 2012 and 2013
Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas
(Dollar Thrifty's acquisition by Hertz)
Global Competition Review, 2013
Top Restructuring of the Year
(American Roads' prepackaged bankruptcy)
Turnarounds & Workouts, 2013
Americas Restructuring Deal of the Year
(Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 proceedings)
International Financial Law Review, 2013
North America Equity Issue
(AIG's $20.7 billion follow on)
International Financing Review, 2013
Go-To Firm
(Corporate, IP, International, Litigation, Securities)
Corporate Counsel, 2012

Standout Firm for Litigation
(Defending HSBC Bank against $6.6 billion of Madoff claims)
Financial Times - U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, 2013

Highly Commended Firm for Litigation
(Arguing for petitioners in Gabelli v. SEC before U.S. Supreme Court)
Financial Times - U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, 2013

#2 in Global M&A
Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket, 2014

#2 in U.S. M&A
Bloomberg, 2014

Advised on Five of Top 10 Global M&A Deals
Mergermarket, 2014
#2 / U.S. Corporates: Issuers
Bloomberg, 2014

#2 / U.S. Straight Debt (Including ABS & MBS): Issuers
Thomson Reuters, 2014

#2 / U.S. Straight Debt (Excluding ABS & MBS): Issuers
Thomson Reuters, 2014

#2 / U.S. Equity Offerings (IPO): Managers
Bloomberg, 2014 

“The firm is renowned for its significant experience handling corporate transactional matters across the Americas.”
Chambers Global, 2014
"They are so easy to work with – they fit right in, are highly intelligent and I trust them implicitly.’ ‘They bring a unique combination of agency experience, talent and advocacy skills – they are experts in the variety of antitrust issues that arise out of a company’s day-to-day operations."
Chambers USA, 2013
This firm is a popular choice with private equity clients and corporate borrowers. 'They are dedicated to us: they offer consistency and have a great work ethic. They are always available.' 'Their turnaround time is so rapid, it is amazing. They have a great bedside manner.'"
Chambers USA, 2013
"As one of the few remaining major US firms operating a pure “lockstep method” of compensation, it benefits from a highly collegiate approach to work across all practice areas, a factor which ensures that its financial services regulatory team benefits from significant input and work sharing from other complementary substantive areas of law including M&A, securities, tax and litigation."
The Legal 500 U.S., 2013
"The 'always available and highly professional' team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP delivers ‘excellent, prompt and deal-oriented’ advice to high-profile clients…"
The Legal 500 U.S., 2013