Litigation and Arbitration

Recognized as one of the top litigation groups in the world, Cleary Gottlieb provides clients with creative and result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations. As a firm with established roots and experience worldwide, we handle local matters as well as multijurisdictional disputes. We are equally at home representing an African sovereign in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration as we are defending a leading financial institution in U.S., UK, French, German or Italian courts.


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We are counsel in numerous matters arising from the global financial crisis, including advising HSBC, BNY Mellon, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Citigroup in connection with litigation arising from the Madoff fraud; advising more than 40 financial institutions in class and individual actions arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers; and in mortgage-backed securities litigation for Bank of America and Citibank.

Sanofi Wins Appeal and Defeats Rhodia’s €1.6 Billion Claim

Landmark Arbitration Victory for Greece

Rosneft in Comprehensive Settlement With Former Yukos Companies

Paris Court of Appeals Annuls Unanimous €403 Million Award Rendered in Favor of French Businessman Bernard Tapie

Dismissal of Securities Fraud Class Action Against Atlantic Power Corporation

Cleary Gottlieb Secures Critical Ruling in ‘Conversion Therapy’ Litigation

Cleary Gottlieb Secures Complete Dismissal of Antitrust and Consumer Class Action Claims Against Travelocity and Sabre

Significant Victory for Dexia Crediop in London Court of Appeal

Cleary Gottlieb Wins Motion to Dismiss Shareholder Derivative Suit Concerning Executive Compensation

The Bank of New York Mellon Wins Dismissal of Multiple Madoff Investor Lawsuits

Top 20 Global Arbitration Firm
Global Arbitration Review’s Top Arbitration Firms Worldwide, 2013-2015
Commended Firm for Litigation
(Complex Chapter 11 Proceedings of Residential Capital)
Financial Times - U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, 2014
Restructuring Deal of the Year
(Restructuring of OGX Petróleo e Gás Participações and its subsidiaries)
Latin Lawyer, 2014

"'The lawyers are great - smart, practical, thoughtful, strategic and unbelievably responsive.'"
Chambers Global, 2015
“[C]lients measure performance on reputation, experience and capacity … Cleary is one of the few firms with the global presence to represent governments wherever their bonds are sold or creditors try to seize assets.”
Global Arbitration Review, 2015
"Cleary’s team is one that has time and again proven itself capable of skilfully blending complex international litigation and arbitration across borders..."
Latin Lawyer 250, 2014
“Strong and experienced group, handling a range of disputes throughout the world. Maintains a well-established reputation in both the Eastern European and Latin American markets.

‘They have accumulated a huge amount of experience in the arbitration field.’ ‘Whoever you work with, they all maintain the same level of expertise in all fields and you do not get variations. It is really amazing, and quite unique.’”
Chambers USA, 2014
“This firm is renowned for its transactional dominance in Latin America, which affords it a solid footing in commercial arbitrations. On the contentious side, it has been particularly active in Brazil and Argentina, and has an office in both jurisdictions. … ‘This firm has impressive research and drafting skills, and the lawyers remain focused on the problem, offering one single point of contact to the client.’”
Chambers Latin America, 2014