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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

New York

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP - New York
  • Worldwide Plaza
  • 825 Eighth Avenue
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10019-7475
  • Presiding Partner: C Allen Parker
  • Number of partners worldwide: 92
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 393
  • Languages: Afrikaans, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Shanghainese, Spanish, Swedish, Teochew, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu
  • International offices: The firm also has an office in London.

Firm Overview:
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 broadbased 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-of-court 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, multiparty 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. 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.

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 is staffed by trial lawyers with broad courtroom experience in complex corporate litigation, including class action and derivative litigation, across all industries. The firm’s litigators are routinely called upon to represent clients in trials and appeals in federal and state courts, in domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in many other types of proceedings, including internal investigations. The firm has extensive experience in such diverse areas of the law as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate governance, employment, general commercial, IP, M&A, securities, tax and white collar criminal defense. Companies, boards and board committees regularly rely on the firm to handle contested transactions and guide them through the intricacies of shareholder litigation and investigations. In addition to handling antitrust litigation, the firm advises on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws and represents clients in securing regulatory approvals. With respect to IP, the firm handles critical litigation involving trade secrets, patents, copyright and trademarks in industries as wide-ranging as technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Cravath also frequently advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy and the identification of IP assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes. In the area of securities litigation, the firm is widely recognised 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.

International Work:
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: AerCap, Alcoa, American Express, Ashland, Avon, BAE Systems, Banco Santander, Barnes & Noble, Casa Cuervo, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Crown Castle, Deloitte & Touche, Delta, Deutsche Bank, Dream- Works 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, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QUALCOMM, Royal Dutch Shell, Sappi, Sprint, Starbucks, Time Warner, UBS, Unilever, Vivendi, Warner Bros. and Xerox.