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Who are the main recruitment contacts at Cleary Gottlieb?


Nichola Rowe

Jo Moat is Director of Operations

Spoke NR who said only took one lateral associate last year as have trainees coming through. You have to now send through academic transcripts with every CV as NR wants to see the individual grades.

Also assisted by Jeremy Glaze

Jeremy Glaze | Human Resources Administrator

Also Assisted by Katie Pearce

Katie Pearce | Human Resources Coordinator


What email address should all CVs go to at Cleary Gottlieb?


CVs to


What must accompany all CVs sent to Cleary Gottlieb?


Full academic transcripts from University and Law School so Nichola can see the individual grades.


How do you get to Cleary Gottlieb’s London Office?


Moorgate Tube is the closest, go up Moorgate towards London Wall, right onto London Wall then immediately left onto Coleman Street, then right onto Basinghall Avenue which eventually becomes Basinghall Street.


Where are the other locations of Cleary Gottlieb. ie. Where are their other offices?


New York, Washington, Paris, Brussels, London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Cologne, Rome, Milan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Abu Dhabi, Seoul.


How many partners are there at Cleary Gottlieb, in London and Globally?


22 partners in London / 186 Globally (as at 21 Sept 2016)


Where and when were Cleary Gottlieb founded?


The firm was founded in 1946 – in New York and Washington – by four former partners in the Wall Street firm of Root Clark Buckner and Ballantine and others who had come from post-war service in the U.S. government. Each of the founding partners had already achieved considerable professional prominence by the time the firm was formed, but they had very different backgrounds, skills and interests.


Who is the Managing Partner of Cleary Gottlieb globally?


Elite New York firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected Michael Gerstenzang as its next managing partner.

Gerstenzang (pictured), who has built up a strong fund formation practice in New York, will replace Mark Leddy as leader of the firm in the New Year. Leddy served just five years as managing partner of the traditional Wall Street firm, half that of his predecessor Mark Walker.


How do Cleary Gottlieb rank on PEP?


Ranked 6 in the world for PEP in 2009 (based on 2008 figures) doing $2.33 million PEP.


What clients do Cleary act for?


Investindustrial (the private equity group run by Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi), on its €800m counter-bid for Club Med.


City, Irish and US firms combined to advise on Verizon’s $2.4bn acquisition of Fleetmatics Group. The Dublin-based vehicle tracking company was advised by Goodwin Procter and offshore firm Maples and Calder, while Macfarlanes, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Irish firm A&L Goodbody acted for Verizon.


TPG & Partners






CVC Capital Partners


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Latham & Watkins and Mayer Brown have won first-time roles on HSBC’s expanded global legal panel after the bank introduced a sub-roster of US firms.


Top three sectors (globally)

Oil and natural gas

Mining and minerals

Electricity and power


What is the pay and benefits at Cleary Gottlieb London?


Assistant Salary Bands (including pay review dates and bonus’s and benefits) – Confirmed as accurate by Nichola Rowe on 22 February 2014.

Salary Scale

9 £167,000

8 £167,000

7 £161,000

6 £152,000

5 £144,000

4 £132,500

3 £120,500

2 £106,000

1 £97,000

NQ £92,000

1st year Trainee (from Sep 07) £40,000.00

2nd year Trainee (from Sep 07) £45,000.00

Pension is 3% of salary. Non contributory – i.e. they pay 3% of your salary into a pension fund regardless of whether you add any of your own to this amount.

Bonuses were as much as 25% in 2007 but as of 2010 were about 5-7% of salary. Pure lockstep. For overseas candidates they may do a move package ie. Flights and one month’s flat rental but don’t do any COLA. If coming from their own US offices then they do an exchange rate protection which gives them a boost to cover a COLA. You stay on the 1st year rate for 15 months if

Senior attorneys get £175

Of Counsel starts at £220,000 and then goes up in a lockstep.

These basic salaries include a 3% pension which is withheld until the end of the year. You then have the option to take this as cash or have the 3% put into a pension. Bonuses were 5-7% of salary in 08 and 09 but before this were 20-25%. They give 20 days holidays rising to 25 days after 2 PQE. You get free citipoint gym membership. Salaries go up on 1st January each year. They do BUPA for you and family and children. May look at dental but nothing decided yet.


Virgin Active gym membership

BUPA private healthcare cover (personal and family)

Life insurance of twice annual salary

Long-term disability insurance

Pension contribution of 3% of annual salary (this is withheld I think but you can choose to take as cash and get no pension)

Childcare vouchers

Employee assistance programme

Subsidised staff restaurant


Who has recently left Cleary Gottlieb in London?


Cleary’s Freeman leaves for CAT as one of four new chairmen

9 January 2013 | By Lucy Burton

The former chairman of the Competition Commission is to leave US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to take up the post of chairman at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) as the judicial body appoints four to the panel of chairmen.

Peter Freeman

Peter Freeman joined the London office of Cleary as a senior consultant in 2011, having spent five years as chairman at the Competition Commission.


Freshfields hires former Cleary US capital markets partner Qureshi

9 April 2014 (I think Ash left Cleary some time ago and went somewhere else, then joined Freshfields)

Freshfields has made a landmark lateral hire in the form of former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton capital markets and US corporate partner Ash Qureshi.


Who has joined Cleary Gottlieb recently?


Cleary Gottlieb lands A&O FinReg head Bob Penn in rare City hire

29 April 2016 10:36

In a rare partner exit from Allen & Overy (A&O), the firm’s head of non-contentious financial services regulation Bob Penn has quit to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in London.

The hire is a significant move for the Wall Street-bred law firm, reflecting the robust demand for senior regulatory counsel in Europe. Penn leaves his role heading A&O’s financial services London team to join Cleary as a partner.

Cleary turns to Simmons for first UK-qualified litigator

10 February 2010 | By Katy Dowel

Simmons & Simmons finance litigation head Jonathan Kelly is to the leave the firm to take up partnership at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.


Which partners have made it up to partnership from associate in the London office?


Partners who made it up from associates within the London office:

Tax practice – Richard Sultman

Finance practice – Andrew Shutter

Tihir Sarkar

Raj Panasar


Who are the key corporate partners at Cleary Gottlieb London?



Tihir Sarkar (Ex Slaughter & May) Corporate

Mr. Sarkar joined the firm in 2003 from Slaughter and May and became a partner of the firm in 2007. In November 2009, Legal Business named Mr. Sarkar among the “Stars of the Future,” and in 2008, The Lawyer named Mr. Sarkar in its annual supplement “The Hot 100,” honoring lawyers in the UK market. Mr. Sarkar is recognized as a leading Corporate/M&A and Private Equity lawyer by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK, and noted by The Legal 500 EMEA for UAE M&A.

Michael McDonald (Joined in 2006 from Allen & Overy) US qualified originally but now UK qualified too – M&A

Simon Jay (Ex Travers Smith Braithwaite) Corporate M&A

Andrew Curran (Senior Counsel since 2008) Joined from Lovells and founded their English Law practice in January 1997) (Ex Lovells) Corporate


Who are the key Capital Markets partners at Cleary Gottlieb London?


Capital Markets

Simon Ovenden (Capital Markets) ex Linklaters

Raj Panasar (Capital Markets – Joined in 1997 (Left in 2001 to go to Goldman Sachs but rejoined in 2002) Made partner in 2007).

Mr. Panasar’s practice focuses on international financing transactions. He represents corporate issuers and financial institutions in public and private international equity, high yield and other debt offerings, and also advises on syndicated bank lending transactions and leveraged finance.

John Palenberg (New York Qualified) Equity Capital Markets Partner- is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Palenberg’s practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, particularly matters related to German-speaking Europe.

Sebastian R. Sperber is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Sperber specializes in U.S. securities law and has extensive experience in international capital markets transactions and M&A transactions. Mr. Sperber has, in particular, devoted a substantial amount of time to working on global equity offerings, including privatization transactions in several countries.

Pierre-Marie Boury (Paris and NY qualified) is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Boury specializes in international capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on U.S. securities law matters.

Glen Scarcliffe (Now Counsel not Partner) (Corporate and Finance/ Capital Markets)


Who are the key Finance Partners at Cleary Gottlieb London?



David J. Billington is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Billington’s practice focuses on international financing transactions and restructuring transactions. He has experience in bank lending, high-yield bonds, structured and real estate finance, and securitization.

Polina Lyadnova is a partner based in the London office.

Ms. Lyadnova’s practice focuses on financial transactions, including capital markets. She also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and other cross-border transactions involving Russian businesses.

Ms. Lyadnova is distinguished as a leading restructuring lawyer in both the UK and Russia by Chambers Global. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK for acquisition finance.

Ms. Lyadnova joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2013.

Andrew Shutter (Finance) Ex Clifford Chance

Daniel A. Braverman (New York Qualified) is a partner based in the London office and spends much of his time in Moscow. Mr. Braverman’s practice focuses on international finance, but he also does work in the mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and restructuring areas, and he has assumed responsibility for a significant part of the firm’s practice in Russia. Mr. Braverman joined the firm as an associate in 1985 and became a partner in 1994.

Carlo de Vito Piscicelli (Made Partner in 2014) is a partner based in the London and Milan offices.

Mr. de Vito Piscicelli’s practice focuses on leveraged finance and restructuring matters and he advises clients globally on a wide variety of loan facilities, high yield notes and related derivatives transactions.


Who are the key Litigation Partners at Cleary Gottlieb London?


Jonathan Blackman (US qualified) Lit and Arb partner

David Sabel US qualified lit and arb partner

Romano Subiotto (EU Competition – Lit and Arb Partner) UK qualified Solicitor 1998 and QC in 2009

Jonathan Kelly (UK Qualified Financial Litigation Partner) Previously head of finance litigation at Simmons & Simmons.

Christopher P. Moore is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Moore’s practice focuses on litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on international disputes, including those involving foreign

Sunil Gadhia (Joined from Stephenson Harwood in May 2012) is a partner based in the London office.


Who are the key Competition and Tax Partners at Cleary Gottieb London?



Nicholas Levy (UK qualified) is a partner based in the Brussels and London offices.

Mr. Levy’s practice focuses on EC and U.K. competition law. He has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EC Merger Regulation, as well as coordinating the pan-European notification of international transactions with various national competition authorities, particularly the U.K. Office of Fair Trading.

Maurits J.F.M. Dolmans is a partner based in the London office.

Mr. Dolmans’ practice focuses on EU, UK, and international competition law, as well as EU regulatory, and EU intellectual property law. Mr. Dolmans has extensive experience in the information technology, telecom, media and entertainment, as well as in energy, medical devices, chemicals and manufacturing industries. He a


Richard Sultman is a partner based in the London office. Mr. Sultman specialises in corporate taxation, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, capital markets and financial products. Mr. Sultman joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2010. He was resident in the New York office from 2006 to 2007. Prior to joining he was a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and New York. Mr. Sultman received a degree in Law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge in 1997.

Mr. Sultman is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales.


What deals and cases have Cleary acted on recently?



City, Irish and US firms combined to advise on Verizon’s $2.4bn acquisition of Fleetmatics Group. The Dublin-based vehicle tracking company was advised by Goodwin Procter and offshore firm Maples and Calder, while Macfarlanes, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Irish firm A&L Goodbody acted for Verizon.

City showdown: US firms take roles as Russia and Ukraine’s $3bn debt dispute heads to London court

18 February 2016 00:00

by Tom Moore


City lawyers at US firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamiltonand Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivanare to face off after Russia filed a claim against Ukraine at London’s newly created financial court over its default of $3bn in bonds.

Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov said yesterday (16 January) that it will seek to recover the principal in full, as well as $75m in unpaid interest and legal fees.

‘I expect that the process in the English court will be open and transparent,’ Siluanov said. ‘This lawsuit was filed after numerous futile attempts to encourage Ukraine to enter into good faith negotiations to restructure the debt.’

It is the most high-profile case filed at the so-called financial list, a division of the High Court with specialist financial services judges, since its launch at the end of last year.

The claim will be seen as an endorsement of the specialist court, which handed down its first judgment earlier this year, and the English courts more generally, as some in the City had feared Russian claimants would take their cases elsewhere after the implementation of economic sanctions on the state.

The bond, arranged by White & Case and Clifford Chance, was made under English law which allows the superpower to bring a claim in the English courts.

The claim has been filed through London-listed Law Debenture Corporation, which is the trustee of the bond. The company has instructed Norton Rose Fulbright’s financial disputes partner Michael Godden to lead the claim.

Russia instructed Cleary Gottlieb London litigator Jonathan Kelly to bring the claim, with Ukraine selecting Alex Gerbi of litigation specialist Quinn Emanuel to defend it.

The filing follows failed bilateral attempts to settle the debt after Russia declined to take part in a $15bn restructuring with European creditors last year. The creditors agreed a 20% write-off on Ukraine’s outstanding sovereign debt and extended the repayment period.

Russia lent Ukraine $3bn in December 2013 as now ousted president Viktor Yanukovych stalled on whether the country should integrate with the EU or Russia. It has since annexed Crimea.

10 weeks to respond: Cleary Gottlieb called in to handle EU competition claims against Google

16 April 2015 12:13

by Tom Moore


Google’s lawyers atCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have been given 10 weeks to respond to the European Commission’s charges that the search engine abused its dominant position to favour its own price comparison service.

The saga began in 2009 when price comparison website Foundem alleged that Google had systematically lowered its ranking on the search engine and 30 other complaints followed from the likes of Microsoft and holiday websites Expedia and TripAdvisor.

Google’s defence is being handled by Cleary Gottlieb’s London-based competition partner Maurits Dolmans and Brussels-based counterparts Thomas Graf and Robbert Snelders. An in-house legal team made up of former Cleary Gottlieb associate Oli Bethell, former Herbert Smith associate Jenny Coombes and director of competition Julia Holtz are coordinating the efforts.

Deals tracker: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton




Deal value


7th Jul 2014


Bidding war for Club Med

18th Jun 2014

TPG & Partners

UGL Group’s sale to a consortium (TPG and Partners)


Likely that Herbert Smith Freehills would’ve been preferred choice of adviser for TPG had it not already been instructed by UGL.

16th Jun 2014


Acquisition of Covidien


If succesful, it’ll be the largest ever deal in the pharmaceuticals sector, beating the $31.8bn AstraZeneca merger in 1998.

7th May 2014


Bayer’s acquisition of Merck’s consumer care division

£8.5bn ($14.2bn)

The sale also drew interest from other healthcare giants including Sanofi and Novartis. Merck turned to a longstanding adviser in Cleary.

24th Apr 2014


Acquisition of Biomet

£7.9bn ($13.4bn)

Weil also acted f


Who are Jonathan Kelly’s clients?


UBS came with him from Simmons & Simmons as they insisted they go with him. He got four matters from them in first 2 months.

Client Base of Cleary Disputes team / Cleary generally consists of:

  1. Financial Institutions Clients. Eg. Goldman Sacs, TPC (Private Equity House). This was his only focus at Simmons & Simmons.
  2. Worlds leading sovereign debt law firm. 30-40 governments around the world come to them when they default on bonds they have issued etc.
  3. Corporate Client Base. Billiton Bid for Potash. Petrobas issue in South America, Deutche Bank in Acquisition of Deutche Post.
  4. Antitrust and competition.
  5. Emerging markets practice. Eg. Government of Russia work and work from other Russian corporations, oligarchs, Khazakstans leading family sold a gold mine to an oligarch.