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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: 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.

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:
Corporate:

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.

Tax:
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.

Litigation:
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.

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.

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.

Branches

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of antitrust matters, from transactions to litigation to investigations. Regularly seen in matters throughout the US and maintains a fine track record in antitrust issues affecting the financial services, transport, chemicals, consumer goods and entertainment spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a go-to firm for any antitrust work." 

"Their performance in court is excellent." 

Work highlights Represented DuPont in two class action cases alleging price-fixing among manufacturers of titanium dioxide.

Represented Grupo Modelo in its recent acquisition by Anheuser Busch InBev, a deal worth $20.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Evan Chesler is "just a great antitrust lawyer," according to sources, and comes particularly recommended for his abilities in the courtroom. He has nearly 40 years' experience in litigating antitrust cases and has acted for American Express on a number of recent matters.

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, IBM, Life Technologies, Qualcomm, Unilever.  

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department 
Key office is New York. 

What the team is known for Maintains its position as one of the most preeminent banking and finance groups in the country, with expertise that spans the full gamut of lending transactions from leveraged acquisition financings to restructuring facilities. Well known for its strong relationships with leading financial institutions such as Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, but also offers significant borrower-side capability, with experience acting for both corporates and private equity houses on their most complex transactions. A deep bench of talented individuals, many of whom are recognized as leaders in the field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the intellect, the desire and the drive. They're just very good at what they do; they're smart, articulate and offer sage advice."

"It's a consistently top-notch service. They're very responsive, the quality of the work is good, and they're good with unusual or esoteric questions that come up from time to time."  

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs with regard to a $2 billion bridge credit facility for Aetna, used to fund its acquisition of Coventry Health Care.

Acted for JPMorgan in connection with a $6.5 billion syndicated credit facility for Facebook.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" James Cooper is described as "the calm, steady hand that gives people reassurance on a difficult deal." He offers a wealth of experience across a broad range of transactions, including spin-offs and recapitalizations. Of recent note, he advised JP Morgan in connection with a $6.5 billion syndicated credit facility for Facebook. 

Interviewees find Michael Goldman to be "very commercial and proactive" and particularly admire his "attention to detail and keen desire to create win-win situations." His vast expertise covers asset-based lending, acquisition and syndicated loan transactions, and in a recent highlight he acted for Credit Suisse with regard to $400 million of credit facilities for Taylor Morrison Communities. 

The "very knowledgeable" James Vardell represented Time Warner in relation to $5 billion of credit facilities. He largely concentrates on syndicated bank financings, such as leveraged buyouts and debtor‑in‑possession (DIP) financings. Sources appreciate that he "considers things from the client's perspective," and is "very good at thinking about the business implications." 

Jed Zobitz is experienced in a wide array of syndicated loan transactions including asset-based lending and leveraged finance. He has handled several complex matters for key firm clients Credit Suisse and JPMorgan Chase.

Allen Parker brings a high level of expertise to the table and is widely regarded as "a trusted adviser," and "go-to guy for complicated transactions." Commentators appreciate that "he has the ability to blend real-world and legal issues," and is "a highly effective leader." 

Tatiana Lapushchik advises both borrowers and lenders on a variety of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Her experience spans a range of industry sectors, such as technology, oil and gas, and healthcare.

Robbins Kiessling acts as chair of the firm's financial institutions practice and assists clients involved in leveraged finance, M&A, workouts and syndicated transactions. Of late he advised Cincinnati Bell with regard to a new $200 million revolving credit facility, as well as a $225 million revolving credit facility for its new REIT CyrusOne. He also has significant experience advising clients on financings involving major sports franchises.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Citigroup, DreamWorks, Ashland.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Highly sought-after team providing effective advice to clients on a range of complex debt and equity offerings. Excellent reputation for registered offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, and private placements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Every time I work with them I feel like I was their favorite client, which is exactly how it should be." 

"They give us very good service. They are very commercial, they understand what the issues are and find solutions."

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan as underwriters on eight registered debt offerings, totaling $12 billion, CAD1.25 billion and NZD500 million.

Represented Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and others as initial purchasers on a Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by Rite Aid of $810 million of high-yield senior debt.

Represented Costamare on its registered perpetual preferred stock offering with a value of $50 million and on its offering of common stock with a value of $98 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Kris Heinzelman is "extremely knowledgeable, gets to the heart of matters very quickly and is very responsive," according to clients. He represented the underwriters led by Credit Suisse and others in Diamond Resorts International's $250 million IPO.

The "terrific" John White is highly recommended by sources for his experienced and thoughtful approach to advising public companies on a wide array of matters. He represented Rock-Tenn in its registered debt offering with a value of $1.45 billion and on its $700 million Rule 144A/Regulation S senior debt offering.

Stephen Burns is a "talented" and "wonderful" attorney, according to clients. He represented the underwriters led by JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and others in Ply Gem's $381 million IPO.

Andrew Pitts advised Ashland on two Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield senior debt offerings totaling $2.55 billion. He represents issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings, with a focus on the transportation and insurance sectors.

"Very good lawyer" William Rogers recently represented Shell International Finance on two registered debt transactions guaranteed by Shell totaling $4.25 billion.

William Whelan is "able to distil down complex issues into bite-size chunks," clients report. He represented OneBeacon U.S. in its registered senior debt offering with a value of $275 million.

William Fogg advised the underwriters led by JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and others on Murphy Oil's $1.5 billion registered debt offering. Clients say he is "very creative in helping us solve issues and very knowledgeable in his field."

Craig Arcella is "very commercial" and "very knowledgeable," according to sources. He represented Barclays, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs as underwriters on a $2 billion registered debt offering by the State of Israel.

Significant clients BNSF Railway, CyrusOne, INEOS, Unilever, Xerox.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for One of New York's elite corporate and M&A firms and a key player in the nationwide market. Focuses on complex, high-value and business-critical transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They don't miss anything. I'm always comfortable, even if I can't review the documents myself. Cravath is excellent."

"Extraordinarily knowledgeable in M&A. Excellent, timely advice and very thorough." 

Work highlights Acted for Delta Airlines on its investment in and joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.

Acted for Lender Processing Services on its approximately $2.9 billion acquisition by Fidelity National Financial.

Notable practitioners

Scott Barshay is head of the corporate department and a key contact.

Significant clients AmerisourceBergen, Barnes & Noble, DreamWorks, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Impressive record in litigation and experienced in taking complex, business-critical cases to trial. Also offers an esteemed practice advising clients on handling IP assets in corporate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good at helping me stop little problems blossoming into big ones."

"They have a strong team there." 

Work highlights Involved in the coordination of Israeli stent designer and manufacturer Medinol's competitor patent litigation in the USA and globally.

Defended Qualcomm in a dispute with ITT Manufacturing Enterprises regarding GPS technology.

Notable practitioners  

Evan Chesler is firm chairman and one of Cravath's most effective litigators.

Significant clients DuPont, IBM, Mylan, Metroflor, Time Warner.

Retail - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department Key office is New York.

What the team is known for First-rate corporate practice highly sought after for high-end retail M&A transactions. Represents retail establishments, investors and financial advisers in some of the country's largest deals.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Minh Van Ngo is the primary contact for the practice.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York. 

What the team is known for An esteemed securities litigation practice that merits its superb reputation with an impressive bench of highly acclaimed partners. Provides expert advice and representation across all major areas of securities litigation, with a superb track record in handling litigation stemming from the financial crisis, alongside tremendous strength in M&A litigation and securities fraud class actions. Also noted for its expertise in securities regulation advisory matters, advising boards of directors with respect to a full range of risk management, disclosure and other compliance matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
They are the best firm that I know. The team is made up of a very good group of excellent lawyers. They're smart, good writers and responsive.

A superb firm. Their litigators are a superb bunch of professionals.

"Excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable on governance. They bring learning and expertise on how to handle issues."

Work highlights Won a hugely impressive victory for Vivendi against securities fraud claims brought by GAMCO Investors. Set a precedent for defendants by successfully rebutting the 'fraud on the market' presumption of reliance, defeating the plaintiff's reliance on an internal statutory model rather than relying on true market value in its decision to invest.

Continued to advise Bank of America with respect to its periodic reporting and compliance obligations.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Clary is a nationally renowned litigator who handles a full range of securities matters as part of a broader litigation practice. Clients comment: "He's one of the top litigators in the world. Very talented, very intellectual but good with clients as well."

John White is cochair of Cravath's corporate governance and board advisory practice. He is considered an expert in a range of securities regulation matters including public reporting obligations and corporate governance. One client reports: "His client service is excellent. I'd describe him as thoughtful, reasonable and effective. He's organized and a joy to work with."

Well-regarded securities litigator Robert Baron heads the firm's litigation department and is regarded as "an excellent lawyer" by market observers. He has led the team in its ongoing defense of Merck in a federal securities class action and related securities claims regarding the client's withdrawal of its Vioxx medication from the market.

Susan Webster is head of the firm's general corporate practice and is highlighted for her strength in the regulation advisory sphere, advising corporate clientele on SEC compliance obligations. She also shows expertise at dealing with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.

Up-and-coming securities litigator Antony Ryan is particularly highlighted for his expertise in accountant liability, having successfully represented major auditors PwC and Deloitte in securities class actions of huge significance. Clients laud him as "very thoughtful, detail-oriented, a very quick study and a great writer."

Significant clients Credit Suisse, PwC, the outside directors of Citi, Deloitte, Barnes & Noble.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Expertly handles the tax aspects of the most complex corporate transactions and has significant experience assisting with both domestic and cross-border matters. High-profile names within the shipping, insurance and transport industries are among its impressive list of clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent responsiveness, problem solving and clarity of advice."

"Their execution is fantastic."  

Work highlights Advised Grupo Modelo on its $20.1 billion sale to Anheuser-Busch.

Assisted Unilever with the $700 million sale of its peanut butter business, Skippy, to Hormel Foods.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Stephen Gordon is the head of the tax department and a key contact.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, Alliant Techsystems, Weyerhaeuser, Delta Air Lines, Time Warner. 

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Notable for its strength in litigation but also extremely capable in M&A, with recent representations in major deals. Acts for a range of blue-chip clients across a broad variety of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, entertainment and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find them to be very responsive, with fully committed senior partners."

Work highlights Acted for Grupo Modelo on its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev, worth $20.1 billion.

Represented American Express in a number of disputes, including a case concerning an alleged conspiracy over arbitration provisions.

Notable practitioners  

Evan Chesler is chairman of the firm in addition to his day-to-day practice. Sources call him "a fantastic litigator" who "stands out in court." His recent matters include acting for DuPont in the titanium dioxide antitrust litigation class actions.

Christine Varney is a "really excellent strategist" who has been a valued addition to the practice following her arrival from the DOJ. She represented Delta Air Lines in its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Significant clients Time, IBM, Life Technologies, Qualcomm, Unilever.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Elite M&A practice recognized for its capabilities in high-value and sophisticated transactions for public and private companies. Strong bench of talented individual lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The quality of the intelligence of folks at Cravath is second to none. They are available 24/7 and are extremely experienced in navigating the world of M&A."

"They were very down to earth, really good lawyers and they really proved themselves on our transactions, where all of their sophistication and negotiating skill really came to bear."

Work highlights Acted for Grupo Modelo on its $20.1 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Represented IBM in a number of acquisitions, including those of SoftLayer Technologies, UrbanCode and StoredIQ.

Notable practitioners 

Head of the corporate department Scott Barshay is a highly regarded M&A practitioner with a high-profile client roster spanning a number of industries. Clients are full of praise, saying he is "very bright, very capable, thoughtful, creative and exceptionally talented." Recent work includes representing JDA Software Group's board of directors in relation to the company's $1.9 billion acquisition by RedPrairie.

Richard Hall is "a very talented M&A lawyer," according to peers, while clients appreciate his pragmatic approach to transactions. Recent work includes handling The Linde Group's $4.6 billion acquisition of home healthcare company Lincare Holdings.

Faiza Saeed co-heads the M&A group at Cravath and handles a wide range of transactional and corporate governance matters, including proxy contests and takeover defense. One happy client says: "The work product that is delivered is flawless and fast. She thinks of all the issues relating to the matters, not just technical legal concerns, identifies the implications of those issues and presents solutions that anticipate and resolve those implications. She explains it all simply and quickly."

Philip Gelston is chair of the corporate department and handles corporate advisory work, joint ventures and M&A. Kraft is a key client, and recent work includes handling the spin-out of its North American grocery business. Peers appreciate his approach to negotiations, saying he is "an absolute gentleman." 

Mark Greene has a particular focus on cross-border work in the M&A space, recently advising the special committee of the board of directors of CNH Global on the company's merger with Fiat Industrial.

George Schoen recently acted as a lead partner for Delta Air Lines on its joint venture with and $360 million share purchase in Virgin Atlantic Airways. His practice covers both hostile and consensual transactions, as well as corporate governance advice.

Robert Townsend co-heads the M&A group and is very well regarded by peers, while clients say he is "very creative in helping us solve issues, very knowledgeable in his field and a pleasure to work with." He recently advised AmerisourceBergen on its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots.

Clients say Damien Zoubek is "an incredible corporate lawyer: very sophisticated, practical and really very bright." He recently acted for Lender Processing Services on its approximately $2.9 billion acquisition by Fidelity National Financial.

Significant clients Santander, DreamWorks Animation, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Time Warner.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New York

What the team is known for Corporate transaction-oriented group, with emphasis on legal and financial risk analysis, agreement negotiation, development of succession arrangements and new benefits plans. Possesses additional expertise in senior-level employment agreements involving complex executive compensation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Cravath attorneys have been fantastic to work with. They are very capable legally of course, but also help me to think through the business implications of negotiations as well."

"I chose them because I wanted the best, and they knocked it out of the park."

Work highlights Supported the complex cross-border benefits and compensation needs of Unilever in the sale of its Skippy business to Hormel Foods for approximately $700 million.

Continues to represent Time Warner in the legal and structural separation of Time Inc. from the client.

Notable practitioners  

Jennifer Conway focuses her benefits and compensation expertise in the transactional space, especially in IPO and M&A contexts. One interviewee describes her as "well versed in the law," before going on to praise her "high level of strategic acumen and client service."

Eric Hilfers's client base includes companies in the energy and transport industries. He is head of the executive compensation and benefits department, and admired for his ability to "translate difficult subject matter into plain English."

Significant clients Barnes & Noble, Kraft, Par Pharmaceuticals, CyrusOne, The Washington Post.

Environment - New York

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for advising clients on all environmental matters arising in the course of sizable and complex business transactions. A highly respected choice for secured lending and acquisition financings, capital market transactions and the acquisition and disposal of businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are timely and proactive, acting essentially as an in-house resource at times but with a very good understanding of market standards and the ever-changing regulatory landscape."  

Work highlights Represented Life Technologies in corporate and antitrust matters related to its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific for $13.6 billion.

Advised Lindsay Goldberg on several transactions, including the formation of a joint venture between NuStar Energy and an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg to own NuStar's asphalt refining assets.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Morreale advised IBM on several acquisitions and divestitures, including its acquisition of Kenexa for $1.3 billion. "He provides strategic and practical advice on environmental legal matters," said one client.

The "very capable" Annmarie Terraciano represented The Linde Group in its $4.6 billion acquisition of Lincare Holdings.

Significant clients Assisted Living Concepts, Crown Castle International, Unilever, Olin, Flagstone Reinsurance.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Above all vaunted for patent litigation, in hi-tech electronics and life sciences cases. The team also advises clients on non-contentious IP matters and transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent and diverse IP practice." 

"A great firm." 

Work highlights Acting on behalf of Mylan and subsidiary Mylan Specialty in an appeal to the Federal Circuit of a district court order invalidating a number of patents concerning the drug formoterol. The order was reversed on appeal.

Defending Time Warner in a multidefendant patent infringement suit brought by Augme Technologies regarding personalized and targeted advertisements.

Notable practitioners  

Evan Chesler is roundly praised by senior market sources, one saying he is a "brilliant litigator who is excellent at patent cases." He is the firm's chairman, but also continues to maintain an active practice, which has recently included leading actions on behalf of client Mylan. 

Keith Hummel is an experienced and versatile litigator. He has recently fought cases concerning varied technologies, including electronic hardware, stents and flooring. 

One source praised Roger Brooks to the rafters, saying he is "not only brilliant, but also thoughtful and extremely calm under pressure." He tends to represent clients in the electronics and hi-tech sphere.

Significant clients DuPont, IBM, Qualcomm.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed for its premier litigation practice in New York. Established reputation as a go-to firm for complex commercial disputes and big-ticket securities litigation. Houses broad industry expertise and significant trial capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're our go-to counsel for our biggest matters. They bring a level of intelligence and intensity to these things that no one else can deliver. It seems they work 24/7 and the client focus they bring to cases is great."

"I truly think that they're the gold standard - they are the hardest-working lawyers in the business. They are always available and are very smart, creative lawyers."

"A superb firm. Their litigators are a superb bunch of professionals. They provide good value in that you know you've purchased the best legal services available in the market."

Work highlights National coordinating counsel for Credit Suisse in all RMBS litigation brought against the global financial services company. Successfully defended the client in numerous actions brought by institutional investors seeking to recover damages under both state and federal law.

Acted on behalf of Alcoa in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of former employees. This involved allegations that Alcoa breached its promise in connection with retirement healthcare benefits.

Continued representation of JPMorgan in multiple high-profile RMBS claims across the USA alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violation of state and federal securities laws.

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific trial lawyer" Evan Chesler is a nationally acclaimed litigator praised for his "ability to give broad-thinking advice" and wide-ranging expertise across multiple practice areas. He is highlighted as being "an invaluable person to have on the team when it's bet-your-company."

"Reasoned and intelligent" Richard Clary has extensive expertise in handling complex securities litigation. Recent work includes a shareholder derivative action on behalf of the outside directors of Citi, as well as continued representation of Credit Suisse in RMBS litigation. Commentators note that he is "a wonderful lawyer and a very experienced and respected litigator." 

Robert Baron has a broad civil practice and is widely recognized as a "cool, calm and collected" expert in both general commercial and securities litigation. He attracts praise from clients for his "ability to draw winning strategies and achieve excellent outcomes." Notable highlights include successful defense of AWB in a series of actions brought by the Republic of Iraq.

Sandra Goldstein has extensive experience in handling high-stakes litigation and is highly regarded for her expertise in complex securities matters. Her recent highlights include representing Barnes & Noble in a shareholder derivative and putative class action.

Antony Ryan focuses his practice on accountants' liability and securities litigation. He recently led the team representing Deloitte in a securities class action stemming from the collapse of Bear Stearns. He is praised for his ability to "approach things at a very intelligent level and make the argument in a way that others can still understand."

"Great cross-examiner" Daniel Slifkin has significant experience in handling high-profile and complex RMBS litigation. One client comments that he is "an excellent lawyer - highly intelligent and able to master very complex business issues that arise in litigation."

Significant clients Barnes & Noble, Deloitte & Touche, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Vivendi.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Corporate powerhouse with expertise in major transactions across the entertainment, media and broadcast industries. Represents a series of high-profile clients in high-value M&A, tax and banking deals both domestically and globally with experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great reputation and a good team. They are good at what they do." 

Work highlights Handled the sale of The Washington Post's newspaper publishing business, which was valued at $250 million.

Acted on behalf of Gannett Co. in its proposed acquisition of Belo Corp., worth in excess of $2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Faiza Saeed is recognized as a "go-to attorney" for transactional work on behalf of major entertainment industry clients including Time Warner and DreamWorks. She offers particular expertise in M&A within the media and technology fields.

Significant clients Barnes & Noble, CBS, Naspers, Time, Steven Spielberg.

Tax - New York

What the team is known for Corporate law powerhouse with deep experience and expertise in advising clients on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters. Noted for its expertise in M&A, dispositions, joint ventures, spin-offs and REIT conversions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They offer an excellent level of technical expertise combined with good business judgment, responsiveness to the client and competitive fees."

"Their attorneys are very sharp, focused, quick to understand and timely in their actions."

Work highlights Acted for Weyerhaeuser in matters relating to its $2.65 billion acquisition of Longview Timber.

Advised IBM in connection with its acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Gordon is head of the firm's tax department. He specializes in joint ventures, M&A and spin-offs, and is described as "an extremely strong lawyer" who is "well thought of by everybody."

Andrew Needham offers advice on the tax issues relating to hedge funds, M&A, private equity funds and spin-offs. "He is a first-rate tax partner," and "when you speak to him, you know that he's the only person you need to call," say commentators.

Michael Schler is regarded as "one of the leading lights in corporate tax." His areas of expertise include M&A and securitizations, and he is admired for his "strong intellect, excellent ethics, good business sense and strong loyalty to clients." 

Lauren Angelilli handles the tax issues relating to fund formations, spin-offs, joint ventures, restructurings and M&A. Market sources describe her as "a very smart lawyer."

Leonard Teti is an authority on private equity transactions, M&A, financings and spin-offs. Clients admire his ability to "take very complicated tax issues and articulate them in a manner that is easy to understand." 

Significant clients AmerisourceBergen, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Delta Air Lines, Johnson & Johnson.