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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York

  • One Liberty Plaza
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10006
  • Tel:+1 212 225 2000
  • Fax:+1 212 225 3999
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  • Managing Partner: Mark Leddy
  • Number of partners: 195
  • Number of lawyers: Approximately 1,200
  • Languages: Multilingual; the firm’s lawyers speak more than 50 different languages

Firm Overview:
A leading international law firm with 16 offices located in major financial centres around the world, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has helped shape the globalisation of the legal profession for more than 60 years. The firm’s worldwide practice has a proven track record for innovation and providing work of the highest quality to meet the needs of its domestic and international clients. In recognition of the firm’s strong global practice, its effectiveness in dealing with the different business cultures of the countries in which it operates, and its success in multiple jurisdictions, Cleary Gottlieb received Chambers & Partners’ inaugural International Law Firm of the Year award.
The firm is organised and operated as a single, integrated global partnership (rather than a US firm with a network of overseas offices), and employs approximately 1,200 lawyers from more than 50 countries and diverse backgrounds who are admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world.
Since the opening of the firm’s first European office in 1949, the legal staff has included European lawyers, most of whom have received a portion of their academic legal training in the United States and many of whom have worked as trainees in one of the firm’s US offices.
The firm was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-US lawyers as equal partners around the world.
The firm’s clients include multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, as well as domestic corporations and financial institutions in the countries where the firm’s offices are located.
Although each of the firm’s 16 offices has its own practice, the “one firm” approach to the practice of law offers clients in any office the ability to access the full resources of all of its offices and lawyers worldwide to the extent their matters so require.

Main Areas of Practice:
• Counsel to the Hellenic Republic (Greece) in connection with the largest ever bond exchange and the largest ever sovereign debt restructuring
• Counsel to Google on corporate, intellectual property, tax and antitrust aspects of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility
• Counsel to HSBC, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas and other financial institutions in investigations and litigations arising from the alleged fraud of Bernard L Madoff
• Counsel to Sichuan Hongda Group in its joint venture with Tanzania’s National Development Corporation to implement an integrated coal mine and power plant project and an integrated iron ore mine and steel mill project in Tanzania. The two projects represent the single largest investment venture in East Africa
• Counsel to Lafarge S.A. in its proposed €40 billion combination with Holcim Ltd. to create the world’s largest construction materials company
• Counsel to Suntory Holdings Limited, Japan’s leading alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage company, in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.
• Counsel to United Technologies Corporation on the EU antitrust aspects of its $16.4 billion acquisition of the aircraft components manufacturer Goodrich
• Counsel to GlaxoSmithKline in its unsolicited tender offer to acquire Human Genome Sciences and the resulting negotiated acquisition for $3.6 billion on an equity basis
• Counsel to Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGVH) and the selling shareholder, Federal Land Development Authority, in FGVH’s Ringgit Malaysia 9.9 billion ($3.2 billion) SEC-registered and Reg S/Rule 144A IPO
• Counsel to the Russian Federation in connection with the issuance of over $50 billion in Eurobonds, including its return to the international capital markets when it placed $5.5 billion of Eurobonds, its RUB 40 billion international bond offering and its $7 billion Reg S/Rule 144A senior unsecured bond offering
• Counsel to Sony in its acquisition of Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. As part of the transaction, Ericsson received consideration of €1.05 billion
• Counsel to Agilent Technologies. in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Danish cancer diagnostics company Dako from EQT, the Sweden-based private equity group
• Counsel to Dexia in its restructuring and dismantling plan, including the €4 billion sale of Dexia Bank Belgium (DBB) to the Belgian State; the €730 million sale of Dexia BIL; the sale of Dexia’s 50% stake in RBCDIS, a joint venture with Royal Bank of Canada; as well as new sovereign guarantees. The firm is also counsel to the Belgian State and Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement with respect to the US regulatory aspects of these transactions and DBB’s US investments and subsidiaries
• Counsel to TPG in its $900 million acquisition of Mey Içki Sanayi ve Ticaret, a Turkish spirits manufacturer, and in its subsequent £1.3 billion sale to Diageo plc.
• Counsel to Rosneft in its $55 billion acquisition of Russia’s third largest oil company TNK-BP, a joint venture between BP and the Alfa Access Renova Consortium

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Executive Compensation & ERISA
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & Investment
  • Leveraged & Acquisition Finance
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
  • Private Clients & Charitable Organisations
  • Private Equity
  • Privatisations
  • Pro Bono
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure
  • Public International
  • Real Estate
  • Sovereign Governments & International Institutions
  • Structured Finance
  • Tax
  • White-Collar Defence, Securities Enforcement & Internal Investigations

Branches

  • Avda. Quintana 529, 4to piso ,
  • Buenos Aires,
  • Capital Federal
  • Argentina
  • 1129
  • Tel +54 11 5556 8900
  • Fax +54 11 5556 8999
  • Rue de la Loi 57,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1040
  • Tel +32 2 287 2000
  • Fax +32 2 231 1661
  • Rua Funchal, 418, 13 Andar ,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04551-060
  • Tel +55 11 2196 7200
  • Fax +55 11 2196 7299
  • Twin Towers - West (23rd Floor),
  • 12 B Jianguomen Wai Da Jie,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100022
  • Tel +86 10 5920 1000
  • Fax +86 10 5879 3902
  • 37th Floor, Hysan Place,
  • 500 Hennessy Road,
  • Causeway Bay,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2521 4122
  • Fax +852 2845 9026
  • 12, rue de Tilsitt,
  • Paris,
  • France
  • 75008
  • Tel +33 1 40 74 68 00
  • Fax +33 1 40 74 68 88
  • Theodor-Heuss-Ring 9,
  • Cologne,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Germany
  • 50668
  • Tel +49 221 800 400
  • Fax +49 221 800 40 199
  • Main Tower,
  • Neue Mainzer Strasse 52,
  • Frankfurt am Main,
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • 60311
  • Tel +49 69 97 1030
  • Fax +49 69 97 103 199
  • Via San Paolo 7,
  • Milan,
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20121
  • Tel +39 02 726 081
  • Fax +39 0286 9844 40
  • Piazza di Spagna 15,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00187
  • Tel +39 06 69 52 21
  • Fax +39 06 69 20 06 65
  • Paveletskaya Square 2/3,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 115054
  • Tel +7 495 660 8500
  • Fax +7 495 660 8505
  • 19F, Ferrum Tower,
  • 19, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu,
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • 100-210
  • Tel +82 2-6353-8000
  • Fax +82 2-6353-8099
  • Al Sila Tower, 27th Floor,
  • Sowwah Square ,
  • PO Box 29920,
  • Abu Dhabi,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 2 412 1700
  • Fax +971 2 412 1899
  • City Place House,
  • 55 Basinghall Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2V 5EH
  • Tel (020) 7614 2200
  • Fax (020) 7600 1698
  • One Liberty Plaza,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10006
  • Tel +1 212 225 2000
  • Fax +1 212 225 3999
  • 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006
  • Tel +1 202 974 1500
  • Fax +1 202 974 1999