Cadwalader's long-standing tradition of providing our clients with unparalleled service and legal expertise began with the firm's founding in 1792. As one of the nation's oldest law firms (and the oldest continuing Wall Street law practice in the United States), our growth and development often paralleled the major economic, social, and political events that have shaped our nation and the world. The historical context behind our evolution from a one-person law practice to a thriving international law firm spans over 200 years.
On the technological front, Cadwalader introduces the typewriter and telephone to its offices. Ever innovative, the Firm establishes associates positions, replacing the system of unpaid law clerkships. Propelled by changes in the business and legal culture, the modern corporate law firm is born.
Securitization, the creation of financial products, becomes the Firm's largest practice area by the 1980s. Cadwalader pioneers the creation of mortgage- and asset-backed securities, including pass-through certificates, guaranteed mortgage certificates and collateralized mortgage obligations. The Firm also establishes a leading commodities swaps and derivatives practice.
Opened in 2005, the Beijing office fulfills part of Cadwalader’s global business strategy to be well established in Asia as the region emerges as one of the world’s leading global markets. Our presence in China allows us to provide legal services to organizations and investors who seek to capitalize on emerging opportunities in capital markets, securitization, banking and regulatory matters, corporate finance and international trade matters.