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.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: 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.
CORPORATE: Cravath’s work with many of the world’s most significant companies has enabled it to develop a broad-based corporate practice. 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 defense against activist hedge funds. Cravath has a highly regarded securities practice, 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 on acquisition financings and lending transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional financings. Cravath’s Tax Department develops innovative tax-efficient structures for complex US and international transactions. The Firm provides corporate governance advice to clients facing difficult choices and evaluates complex and often unprecedented transactions under the most demanding circumstances. Cravath’s environmental lawyers work with clients on matters related to acquisition and disposition strategies, financings and regulatory compliance with respect to a range of environmental issues. The Firm’s IP 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. The Firm’s Executive Compensation and Benefits Department advises clients in a variety of compensation and benefit arrangements as well as legal compliance concerns. Cravath’s Trusts and Estates Department serves as legal counsel, advisors and trustees to several generations of families who built many of the world’s most important businesses.
LITIGATION: 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, domestic and international arbitrations, before administrative agencies and regulatory authorities, and in virtually every other type of proceeding, 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 recognized for handling complex and often precedent-setting cases.
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, , Time Warner, UBS, Unilever, Vivendi, Warner Bros. and Xerox. 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. Approximately one-fifth of the firm’s 100 largest clients are non-US institutions for which the firm provides a wide variety of corporate, tax and litigation representations.