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Practice Overview

Banking and Credit

Cravath’s banking and credit lawyers are highly regarded for crafting sophisticated and business‑oriented financing solutions for lenders and borrowers across all industries and regions. We draw upon a depth of financing expertise and extensive knowledge across the corporate practice to structure market‑clearing deals that are uniquely tailored to the needs of borrowers and lenders.

Our lawyers regularly represent market‑leading financial institutions, including Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, advising them in lending transactions of every type. We also represent U.S. and non‑U.S. borrower clients in their financings, ranging from routine working capital facilities to complex multicurrency, multijurisdictional and highly structured financings. The range of financing transactions we lead on behalf of lenders and borrowers includes:

  • Leveraged and investment grade bridge and acquisition financings
  • Asset‑based financings
  • Leveraged spin‑offs
  • Direct lending transactions
  • Secured lien and mezzanine financings
  • Recapitalizations
  • Liability management transactions
  • Workout and restructuring facilities, including Debtor‑in‑Possession, exit and distressed M&A financing

Cravath has been consistently ranked a top‑tier firm for banking and credit by numerous third‑party publications, is a five‑time winner of the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Finance and has been twice named a Banking Practice Group of the Year by Law360. Our banking and credit lawyers regularly earn plaudits from their clients and peers in the market:

  • Clients praise our “knowledge of current market terms and precedents” and our ability to “come up with creative ideas not seen at any other firm.” Chambers USA
  • “What [Cravath does] is very complex, sophisticated high‑value work . . . it’s what they are known for.” Chambers Global
  • “Cravath is always at the top of their game. They are a ‘go‑to’ firm in all respects, with an incredibly deep bench. I have been involved with them on both sides, and the overriding principle is to provide the right answer and do the right thing.” U.S. News “Best Law Firms”
  • “Their work stands out on every deal. They always excel—it is truly remarkable that they have the capability to perform to that standard. They offer sound business advice and excellent work quality.” Chambers USA
  • Cravath is “the best law firm on Wall Street, providing the highest‑quality thorough, thoughtful advice and service.” Chambers USA