Cravath Swaine & Moore

New York

825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
New York

+1 212 474 1000

+1 212 474 3700

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Head of the Corporate Department: Mark I. Greene
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Number of lawyers: 531
Languages: 29

Celebrating its bicentennial in 2019, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the world’s premier law firms for two centuries. Each of our practice areas is highly regarded, and our lawyers are widely recognized for their commitment to the representation of our clients’ interests in the United States and internationally. Cravath is the firm of choice for a large number of companies, financial institutions and boards of directors for their most important and complicated transactions. Our practice encompasses industries as diverse as consumer products, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials and chemicals, media and entertainment, telecommunications, technology, transportation, retail and blockchain and financial technology (FinTech). 

The Firm’s distinctive and rigorous system of training enables its corporate lawyers to become highly skilled in a diverse range of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and credit, governance and board advisory, tax, executive compensation and benefits, financial restructuring and reorganization, trusts and estates, environmental and intellectual property.

  • Banking 
  • Capital markets: Debt 
  • Capital markets: Derivatives 
  • Capital markets: Equity 
  • Capital markets: High yield 
  • Competition 
  • Financial restructuring 
  • M&A 
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency 
  • Structured finance/securitisation

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Mergers & Acquisitions: 

Cravath’s M&A lawyers regularly represent both U.S. and international clients from diverse industries across the full spectrum of M&A transactions, including public and private 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. Boards of directors and special committees frequently turn to the Firm for help in navigating complex transactions and conflicts of interest. Cravath is renowned for developing innovative, precedent-setting deal structures, and we remain one of the few firms with broad experience in hostile and contested transactions. The combination of our deep corporate expertise and top-level litigation skill has yielded an unparalleled level of success in this area. Our practice also encompasses advising private equity firms and their portfolio companies across all aspects of their lifecycles. 

Private Equity: 

Cravath advises private equity firms and their portfolio companies in a broad range of matters across all aspects of their lifecycle, such as fund formation, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, public and private equity and debt offerings, bank financings and tax planning and structuring. Our private equity clients include traditional leveraged buy-out funds, real estate funds and hedge funds, as well as new entrants to the private equity space. 

Capital Markets: 

Cravath’s capital markets lawyers represent issuers and underwriters in all types of U.S. offerings, including initial public offerings, preferred stock offerings, convertible and exchangeable securities offerings, other equity and equity‐linked offerings and offerings of investment grade and high‐yield corporate bonds. We also represent issuers and underwriters in privatizations, new listings on U.S. stock exchanges, real estate financings and offerings of securities collateralized by various kinds of assets. These include offerings registered with the SEC, Rule 144A offerings, Regulation S offerings and traditional private placements. 


Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers regularly represent market‐leading financial institutions, advising them in lending transactions of every type, including leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings, asset‐based financings and leveraged spin‐offs. We have also represented other major money center banks, the lending affiliates of investment banks, foreign banks and borrowers in every industry in transactions ranging from simple credit agreements to complex international multi currency, multi jurisdictional financings. 

Restructuring and Insolvency: 

Cravath’s financial restructuring and reorganization 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.

Our substantial experience with reorganization, restructuring and bankruptcy matters includes debtor-in- possession (DIP) and “exit” financing, advising independent directors and boards of directors, distressed and bankruptcy M&A (including Section 363 transactions), debtor-side representations, advising bondholder and other ad hoc creditor groups and bankruptcy litigation. We also have important experience in the fields of municipal and sovereign restructuring.

  • Accounting 
  • Agriculture 
  • Automotive 
  • Aviation 
  • Banking 
  • Construction and materials 
  • Consumer goods and services 
  • Energy 
  • Financial services 
  • Food and beverage 
  • Forestry 
  • Gaming 
  • Healthcare 
  • Industrials 
  • Insurance 
  • Investment management 
  • Media 
  • Mining 
  • Natural resources 
  • Oil and gas 
  • Pharm and life sciences 
  • Real estate 
  • Shipping 
  • Tech and telecoms

  • Transport
  • Utilities

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