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.

Americas Law Firm of the Year
International Financial Law Review, 2015
Debt-Equity, M&A and Restructuring Teams of the Year
International Financial Law Review, 2015
Competition Team of the Year
Legal Business, 2015
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
#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