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Practice Overview

London Office

Clients rely on Cravath’s London office for our unparalleled reputation for over 200 years of excellence in legal services and the depth of our U.S. bench, which is one of the largest in London and serves clients across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Our diversified corporate practice encompasses capital markets transactions and debt finance, including complex acquisition financings; IPOs; mergers and acquisitions; SEC compliance matters; restructurings; investigations; and general corporate matters. Our capital markets practice is distinct for its balanced representation of both corporate issuers and investment banks in connection with high-yield bonds, investment grade debt, IPOs and other equity offerings, both on an SEC‑registered basis as well as pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.

Cravath is ranked among the leading law firms in London by Chambers UK, The Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000 UK. Our London‑based partners are widely recognized for their expertise and the quality of their counsel, and regularly receive individual honors. Our work with large multinational and international companies, many of whom have retained us from their inception, has enabled us to develop a uniquely broad‑based practice. We have represented on important matters AngloGold Ashanti, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, AXA, BAE Systems, British American Tobacco, Campari, Credit Suisse, the European Investment Bank, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, INEOS, Peugeot, RELX, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, among others.

Our London office regularly handles the type of complex, novel and high‑profile transactions that form the core of Cravath’s specialty and strength. We have led many of the largest high‑yield bond financings in Europe and the first buyouts in France and Italy financed primarily with high‑yield bonds, as well as introducing “pay‑in‑kind” (PIK) instruments in Europe and advising on the first out‑of‑court restructuring of high‑yield bonds issued by a European company. Cravath’s London lawyers advise on significant cross‑border deals, creating new global leaders and transforming industries. We are also among a select group of leading IPO legal advisors internationally, leading IPOs of companies based in Belgium, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, among others.

Many of our London-based attorneys have multiple language fluencies to better assist non-U.S. clients and foreign counsel in our global practice. In addition, we work closely with the leading law firms in other jurisdictions, enhancing our global reach to address our clients’ needs wherever they may arise.

Cravath has a rich, century-long legacy of commitment to Europe and has maintained a dedicated London office and team since 1973, after opening an office in Paris first in 1927. Paul D. Cravath was made an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court, and the Firm acted as U.S. legal advisor in the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the precursor to the European Union.

Cravath’s office in London is currently located in the CityPoint building at One Ropemaker Street, in the financial district (the “City”), near the Moorgate tube stop.