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Latin America Guide
Firm Profile

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Firm Profile

New York

  • Profile
  • One Liberty Plaza
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10006

Firm profile submitted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Managing Partner: Michael Gerstenzang
Number of partners: 190
Number of lawyers: Approximately 1,200
Languages: Multilingual; the firm’s lawyers speak more than 50 different languages

International Offices:
Asia:
Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul
Europe: Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Rome
Middle East: Abu Dhabi


Cleary Gottlieb is a pioneer in globalising the legal profession. Since 1946, Cleary’s lawyers and staff have worked across practices, industries, jurisdictions and continents to provide clients with simple, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges.

The firm has 16 offices in major financial centres around the world. However, Cleary operates as a single, integrated global partnership, rather than a US firm with a network of overseas locations. Cleary is fluent in the many languages of local and global business, and the firm’s consistent success in multiple jurisdictions earned Cleary Chambers and Partners’ inaugural "International Law Firm of the Year" award.

The firm employs approximately 1,200 lawyers from more than 50 countries and diverse backgrounds who are admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions. Cleary was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-US lawyers as equal partners around the world.


Cleary’s Latin America practice was founded over 55 years ago in the US and today features more than 100 lawyers firm-wide, principally in the firm’s Buenos Aires, São Paulo, New York and Washington, DC offices. All of the firm’s clients enjoy access to the full resources of Cleary’s offices and lawyers worldwide, and many of the firm’s attorneys have served in more than one international location.

Cleary’s practice highlights in the region include:

Banking & Finance:
■ Counsel to many of the most active hedge fund, private equity and banking clients in connection with their investment activities in the region
■ Counsel in the restructuring of more public and private Latin American debt than any other firm

Capital Markets:
■ Advised over 20 Latin America FPIs with their SEC reporting obligations
■ Counsel in over $380 billion in capital markets offerings by Latin America issuers since 2008
■ Securities counsel to eight out of the top 10 Latin American companies by market capitalisation

Corporate:
■ Counsel on more than $140 billion in closed M&A transactions involving Latin American companies since 2008
■ One of the most extensive sovereign practices in the region

Energy & Natural Resources:
■ Representing industry clients in all types of work, from M&A, capital markets and project financings to arbitration, litigation, investigation and regulatory matters; clients include the world’s leading iron ore producer, the world’s largest mining company, the world’s largest copper producer, the world’s largest steel producer and the world’s third-largest aluminum producer
■ Counsel to sovereigns on matters for state oil companies in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and more
■ No. 1 for completed Latin America M&A by value from 2008-2018

Enforcement & Corporate Investigations:
■ Seamless cross-border experience between Latin American, European, Asian and North American offices
■ Team includes 11 former US federal prosecutors, providing extensive insight into regulatory and investigative matters
■ Over 50 years of experience defending clients before the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, state and federal agencies and, when necessary, in court

International Arbitration:
■ Unparalleled cross-border experience representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, sovereign governments and stateowned institutions
■ Representing clients in arbitrations involving a broad range of issues, including natural resources, oil and gas, metals and mining, construction and infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, antitrust, bankruptcy, employment, executive compensation, intellectual property, M&A, securities/ enforcement, and general commercial disputes
■ Representing sovereigns in more substantial matters than any other firm; clients include the Republic of Argentina and the Government of Mexico

White-Collar:
■ The team includes 11 former US federal prosecutors, including the most recent Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
■ Extensive experience conducting internal investigations for companies, their boards, and independent committees, as well as advising on related reforms, corporate governance issues, compliance programs and FCPA violations

Branches

  • Sucursal Argentina,
  • Avda. Carlos Pellegrini 1427 – Floor 9,
  • Buenos Aires,
  • Capital Federal
  • Argentina
  • C1011AAC
  • 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 Professor Atílio Innocenti,
  • 165, 14th Floor,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04538-000
  • Tel +55 11 2196 7200
  • Fax +55 11 2196 7299
  • 45th Floor, Fortune Financial Center,
  • 5 Dong San Huan Zhong Lu,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • 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
  • Main Tower,
  • Neue Mainzer Strasse 52,
  • Frankfurt am Main,
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • 60311
  • Tel +49 69 97 1030
  • Fax +49 69 97 103 199
  • Theodor-Heuss-Ring 9,
  • Cologne,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Germany
  • 50668
  • Tel +49 221 800 400
  • Fax +49 221 800 40 199
  • 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
  • 2 London Wall Place,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 5AU
  • 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