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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb is one of the leading international law firms, with 16 closely integrated offices located in major financial and political centres around the world.  For more than 60 years, the firm has been pre-eminent in shaping the internationalisation of the legal profession.  Our worldwide practice has a proven track record for innovation and providing advice of the highest quality to meet the domestic and international needs of our clients. 

Why Cleary?

One firm

We are a single, integrated global partnership.  Our “one firm” approach enables us to deliver all our resources to all our clients, wherever in the world they may be.  The compensation we pay our partners and associates is based solely on seniority, leaving them free to focus on achieving the best results for our clients.

Quality clients

Our clients include multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity funds, sovereign governments and sovereign wealth funds, as well as domestic corporations and financial institutions. 

Leading edge

Many of our clients have sophisticated in-house legal teams.  They look to us where they require additional resource, or where the issues raised are particularly complex or challenging.  We rarely work on “commoditised” transactions based on standard forms.  Our clients come to us with groundbreaking transactions that demand an original approach and creative thinking. International structure

We are truly a global law firm.  We do not have “satellite offices.”  Instead, we operate as a first tier provider of legal services in all the countries in which we have established an office (and many where we have not).  Our business model is built primarily on local lawyers practising local law in local jurisdictions.  Our 1,200 lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and more than 50 countries; many are admitted to practise in multiple jurisdictions.  We actively encourage our lawyers to spend time in different offices of the firm.  The London office is a key part of our closely integrated network of international offices.  Our focus on high quality, highly innovative and, typically, high profile transactions means that our work generally has a cross-border element.  We work will colleagues in our U.S., European, Middle East and Asian offices on a daily basis.  Deal teams often combine the skills and resources of lawyers from more than one office.

We offer a dynamic, challenging and stimulating environment in which to practise law.  We conduct the highest quality work for the most interesting clients.  We work with colleagues of a consistently high caliber across numerous jurisdictions.  We are supported by an international network of know-how, precedents and best practice build on the vast experience of all our lawyers worldwide.  We practice in a smaller and more informal environment than is possible in the largest U.K. firms.  That’s why we believe our London office provides the optimal setting in which to train and, ultimately, to practise as a solicitor.

Multi-specialist

We train our lawyers to identify and consider all issues raised by a transaction and encourage each senior lawyer to be a specialist in more than one type of transaction.  This multi-specialist approach equips our lawyers with a deep understanding of the ways in which all aspects of a transaction fit together.  Our lawyers are not grouped together into departments by reference to the type of work they do.  Unencumbered by departmental boundaries, our lawyers’ ability to see the ‘big picture’ delivers a propensity for innovation that can often be lost through over-specialisation.

Organic growth

The firm is dedicated to expanding its practice through organic growth.  Approximately 90% of our current partners were promoted from among our associates.


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