Presiding Partner: C Allen Parker
Number of partners worldwide: 92
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 358
Languages: Afrikaans, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cantonese (Chinese), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Greek, Gujarati (India), Hebrew, Hindi (India), Italian, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Shanghainese (Chinese), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu (Pakistan)
INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in London.
Founded in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognized as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. Each of its practices is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognized for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the US and throughout the world.
Main Areas of Practice:
Cravath’s work with many of the world’s most significant companies has enabled it to develop a broad-based corporate practice. Clients repeatedly choose Cravath for their largest and most complex matters. The firm’s corporate lawyers advise companies in a diverse range of M&A transactions, including public company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and joint ventures, as well as hostile takeovers and the defense of companies and boards of directors against activist hedge funds. Cravath has a highly regarded securities practice, representing issuers and investment banks in all types of domestic and global offerings. The firm’s commercial banking lawyers regularly represent major financial institutions and borrowers on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional financings. Cravath provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. The firm’s restructuring practice addresses a wide range of financial distress situations involving both Chapter 11 cases and out-ofcourt workouts in domestic and cross-border matters. Cravath’s highly regarded environmental lawyers 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. The firm’s intellectual property lawyers advise clients in many corporate contexts, including acquisitions and divestitures, multi-party joint ventures and strategic investments, licensing agreements and portfolio development and exploitation. Cravath’s real estate practice encompasses a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of real estate, joint ventures and the organization and private placement of major real estate investment funds.
Cravath’s Tax Department designs innovative structures for complex US and international transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, securities offerings, commercial bank facilities and intricate private equity acquisitions and related financings. 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 regions. Executive Compensation & Benefits: Cravath’s ECB Department brings experience and judgment to clients’ executive compensation and benefits matters. 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.
Cravath’s Litigation Department handles complex litigation across all industries, from initial proceedings through appeals. The firm has significant experience in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, employment, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities, tax, government and internal investigations, as well as general commercial matters, among others. Cravath litigators are routinely called upon to represent clients 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 recognized for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases.
Trusts & Estates:
The firm’s trusts and estates lawyers have served as legal advisors and trustees to several generations of the families that built many of the world’s most important businesses. Cravath lawyers work closely with private clients and their families to realize their estate planning and philanthropic goals by creating and endowing trusts, estates and charitable foundations.
Cravath is committed to an international practice of the highest quality. Its lawyers regularly advise clients based outside the US on a wide range of international transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets and bank financings, general corporate and SEC compliance matters. The firm also handles both US litigation and international arbitrations for non-US 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, BAE Systems, Banco Santander, Barnes & Noble, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Crown Castle, Deloitte & Touche, Delta, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks Animation, DuPont, European Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, Hertz, IBM, INEOS, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Lindsay Goldberg, Medinol, Merck, Mondelez International, Morgan Stanley, Mylan, Naspers, NCR, Nestlé, Novartis, Permira, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QUALCOMM, Royal Dutch Shell, Sappi, Sprint, Time Warner, UBS, Unilever, Vivendi, Warner Bros., The Washington Post Company and Xerox.