Presiding Partner: C Allen Parker
Number of partners worldwide: 87
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 337
Languages: Armenian, Bengali (India), Bulgarian, Cantonese (Chinese), Dutch, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Greek, Gujarati (India), Hebrew, Hindi (India), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Chinese), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and Urdu (Pakistan)
Firm Overview: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognised as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of the firm’s practices is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognised for their commitment to the representation of clients’ interests in the US and throughout the world. Cravath was founded in 1819 and maintains offices in New York and London.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate: Clients repeatedly choose Cravath in large and complex matters, particularly with respect to cross-border transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Cravath’s corporate lawyers advise global businesses in a diverse range of merger and acquisition transactions, including divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures. The firm is active in both making hostile bids and defending against takeover attempts, based on the combined strength and depth of its corporate and litigation departments. Cravath has a highly regarded US and international securities practice, with lawyers representing issuers and investment banks in all types of US and global offerings. The firm’s commercial banking lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers. Cravath’s experience in M&A, securities and commercial banking is a significant advantage for the firm’s clients, whose business concerns often involve all of these areas. A highly regarded group of environmental lawyers at Cravath work with the firm’s clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a broad range of environmental issues.
Tax: Cravath’s tax lawyers play an integral role in structuring and negotiating all types of transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, securities offerings, commercial bank facilities and intricate private equity acquisitions and related financings. The firm’s Tax Department designs structures for complex domestic and international transactions and has developed innovative types of acquisitions and financings in the US and international markets. In cooperation with tax advisors in other countries, the firm’s tax lawyers work to capture the benefits of differences in the tax law in different jurisdictions.
Executive Compensation & Benefits: Cravath’s ECB Department brings experience and judgment to its clients’ employee benefits and compensation matters, which are often central concerns in acquisitions, dispositions and other transactions. The firm’s ECB lawyers advise companies, boards of directors, compensation committees and members of senior management in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements as well as legal compliance concerns.
Litigation: Cravath is known for the breadth and depth of its litigation experience in such diverse areas of the law as the Alien Tort Claims Act, antitrust, bankruptcy, contracts and commercial disputes, corporate investigations and governance, employment, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets), mergers and acquisitions, real estate, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act (RICO), securities and tax. Cravath litigators are routinely called upon to represent non-US companies in many of the largest and most complex litigations and domestic and international arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, AAA and private arbitrations), before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in virtually every other type of proceeding, including internal investigations. Cravath litigators handle work involving contested merger and acquisition transactions, while boards of directors and special committees have relied on the firm’s lawyers to guide them through the intricacies of shareholder litigation and government investigations. The firm’s antitrust experience encompasses a wide range of industries, from mining to telecommunications. A significant portion of the firm’s litigation work relates to contracts and commercial disputes, often in the form of business torts as well as other areas of general business litigation. The firm handles a broad range of complex and challenging matters involving intellectual property across all industries, from computers to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to recording technology. In the area of securities litigation, Cravath is widely recognised for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases.
Trusts & Estates: The firm’s trusts and estates lawyers have served as legal counsel, advisors and trustees to several generations of the families that built many of the most important businesses in the world. The firm’s insight and sound judgment have earned the respect and confidence of generations of some of the most successful private clients in their trusts and estates matters. Today, the firm continues to represent many leading entrepreneurs, senior executives, and private corporations and partnerships. The firm’s lawyers work closely with private clients and their families to realise their estate planning and philanthropic goals by creating and endowing trusts, estates and charitable foundations.
International Work: For the past 100 years, Cravath has had an international practice representing US firms abroad and non-US firms, both in the US market and worldwide. Cravath lawyers work on a diverse range of matters and regularly advise corporate and financial institution clients on a variety of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, commercial banking and SEC compliance matters. The firm’s lawyers often work closely with leading law firms in Europe and elsewhere, providing advice on complex transactions that require extensive knowledge of and experience in the laws of multiple jurisdictions. The firm also handles both US litigation and international arbitrations for non-US clients.
Clients: Along with governments and multinational institutions, the firm’s client base includes some of the world’s best known companies and financial institutions, including: Alcoa, American Express, Avon, AWB Ltd., BAE Systems, Banco Santander, Barnes & Noble, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deloitte & Touche, Delta, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks Animation, DuPont, European Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, Hertz, IBM, INEOS, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Kraft Foods, Lindsay Goldberg, Medinol, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Mylan, Naspers, NCR, Nestlé, Novartis, Permira, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QUALCOMM, Royal Dutch Shell, Sappi, Sprint Nextel, Time Warner, UBS, Unilever, Vivendi and Xerox. Approximately one-quarter of the firm’s clients are non-US institutions for which the firm provides a wide variety of corporate, tax and litigation representations.
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