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.

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

Alpha Natural Resources Settlement Wins Court Approval

Summary Judgment in Antitrust Litigation Brought Against Sanofi U.S.

Successful Opposition to Preliminary Injunction Motion in Yongye International Merger Action

Motion to Dismiss Shareholder Class Action on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds

Bondholders and DIP Lenders in Recently Approved OGX Restructuring Plan

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

Travelocity and Sabre Win Motion to Dismiss Antitrust Class Action Case

GfK Wins Second Circuit Affirmance of Dismissal of Antitrust Litigation

Poste Italiane Secures a Victory against the Italian Antitrust Authority and Competitor TNT Post before the Council of State

HSBC and The Bank of New York Mellon Secure Affirmance of Dismissal of Madoff Feeder Fund Investor Class Actions

ING Obtains Two Second Circuit Victories

SEC Voluntarily Dismisses Case against Marc Gabelli Following Cleary Gottlieb’s Unanimous Supreme Court Win

Cleary Gottlieb Wins First Madoff Case in Italy

Embraco Wins Ruling Dismissing Plaintiffs’ Sixth Circuit Appeal in Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation

GAR30 Firm
Global Arbitration Review’s Top Arbitration Firms Worldwide, 2013 and 2014
Securities Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2011 and 2013

Banking Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2013
Recognized for general commercial, antitrust, bankruptcy, securities, and white-collar crime litigation, international arbitration, and practices in New York and Washington, D.C.
Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2011-2014 
Standout Securities and Finance Litigation Firm
BTI Litigation Outlook, 2013

Top 6 Firm Worldwide Appearing as Arbitration Counsel
The American Lawyer's "Arbitration Scorecard," 2013

Top Restructuring of the Year
(American Roads' prepackaged bankruptcy)
Turnarounds & Workouts, 2013
Restructuring Deal of the Year
(Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 proceedings)
International Financial Law Review, 2013
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

“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
“They have the ability to efficiently cover all the aspects of matters that involve multiple jurisdictions.”
Chambers Global, 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 
“This US firm has notable international strength in arbitration, with a particularly strong practice in Paris and a high level of expertise in disputes involving oil and gas issues, mining concessions, sovereign debt and financial services.”
Chambers Global, 2013
“Cleary houses an impressive bench of renowned litigators whose ability to handle the most complex disputes keeps the firm at the top of the list for high-profile clients. Its notable experience in matters involving financial institutions continues to see it involved in key commercial and securities disputes on both a national and international scale. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in the white-collar criminal defense arena, and is bolstered by its significant complement of former government practitioners.

‘They have a very broad base of expertise, and real depth that extends globally.’ ‘They offer outstanding strategic and expert litigation advice.’”
Chambers USA, 2013
“This US powerhouse remains a go-to firm for complex international contentious issues, and is particularly noted for its strength in international arbitration. Recent highlights include advising on two of the first class actions in Italy following the adoption of a new class action law.”
Chambers Europe, 2013
“Cleary’s disputes practice is notable for its successful management of enormously complex cases, involving multiple litigations and arbitrations, often across many borders.”
Latin Lawyer 250, 2013
“The firm's skill set is at the highest caliber among firms both in the US and internationally.”

“[Cleary] maintains a deep bench that clients have championed to handle their most complex matters.”
Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2013