The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard
Cadwalader consistently tops the American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard in the categories of mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. The Corporate Scorecard tracks the transactional practices of leading law firms. It includes data on public, registered, underwritten offerings or deals that occurred in the preceding calendar year.
Four Cadwalader attorneys were named to Avenue Magazine's Legal Elite, including Robert C. Lawrence, II and John J. O'Grady, II (Trust & Estates); and Fredric L. Altschuler and W. Christopher White (Real Estate).
Benchmark Litigation 2012: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
Benchmark Litigation 2012: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognized Cadwalader as a “highly recommended” litigation firm and several of the firm’s litigators were cited as “stars." The firm garnered National Rankings in Antitrust, Bankruptcy, General Commercial, Insurance, and Securities, and was named as “Highly Recommended” for Litigation in New York. Partners Gregory Markel, Louis Solomon, Jason Halper, Christopher Hughes, Peter Moll, and Charles (“Rick”) Rule all achieved national “litigation star” status in their respective areas of practice. In addition, Mr. Markel was selected as a “local litigation star” for commercial and securities litigation in New York, while Messrs. Solomon and Halper were tapped as local stars in New York commercial litigation. Messrs. Rule and Moll were similarly recognized for antitrust litigation in the Washington, D.C. region. In addition, Benchmark named partners Michael Horowitz and Bradley Bondi as “future stars” based on consistent recommendations by peer firm partners, competitors, and clients.
The Best Lawyers in America selected 45 Cadwalader attorneys in 30 different areas of practice for inclusion based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review process. The firm's lawyers were chosen as leaders in the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Antitrust, Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Derivatives and Futures, Employee Benefits, Equipment Finance, Health Care, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Bankruptcy, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation- Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Patent, Real Estate, Securities/Capital Markets, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance, Tax, and Trusts and Estates.
BTI Consulting Group
Cadwalader was named to The BTI Brand Elite 2013 Premium Value Honor Role, a measure of top-of-mind recognition among in-house counsel.
Partner Stuart Goldstein was chosen as a member of The BTI 2009 Client Services All-Stars in recognition of his provision of superior service to clients that goes beyond core legal skills to client focus, understanding the client's business, and delivering results.
BTI named Cadwalader one of the top 100 corporate transactions law firms in the country in Law Firm Leaders and Contenders in the Corporate Transactions Market.
The firm was recognized as a leading law firm for client service in BTI Consulting Group's 2009 Survey of Client Service Performance for Law Firms: The BTI Client Service A-Team.
More than 20 Cadwalader practices were recognized and 48 lawyers were singled out for their legal skills and experience in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Cadwalader garnered national recognition in the areas of Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Capital Markets: Derivatives, Securitization, and Structured Products; Corporate/M&A; Energy: Electricity Regulation & Litigation and Transactional; Energy: Oil & Gas Regulation & Litigation; Financial Services Regulation; Real Estate; and Tax: Corporate & Finance. In New York, the firm was recognized in Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Corporate/M&A; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; Health Care; Intellectual Property: Patent; Litigation: General Commercial and Securities; Real Estate Corporate and Finance; and Tax. The Antitrust and Bankruptcy/Restructuring practices in Washington and the Real Estate: Finance practice in North Carolina were also named for excellence.
The 2011 edition of Chambers Global ranked Cadwalader in the top category in the United States in the area of Capital Markets: Securitization, while also recognizing the firm for excellence in the categories of Bankruptcy, Capital Markets: Derivatives, Capital Markets: Structured Products, Corporate/M&A and Tax: Corporate & Finance in the U.S.; in Restructuring/Insolvency in the United Kingdom; and globally in Capital Markets: Securitization, Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives and International Private Client. Individually, 22 different Cadwalader lawyers were ranked as prominent practitioners in their fields, including eight who were placed in Band One in their areas of expertise, the top echelon in the Chambers rankings.
Cadwalader's Asia Managing Partner and a member of the firm's Corporate Department, Rocky T. Lee, earned a top-tier Band 1 rank in the area of Private Equity - Venture Capital Investment among international law firms in the 2011 edition of Chambers Asia.
The 2011 edition of Chambers UK found London partners Adam Blakemore, Angus Duncan, Richard Nevins and Nick Shiren to be among the leading individuals in capital markets (structured finance, securitisation and derivatives), corporate restructuring and insolvency and tax. Angus received praise for being "very well informed about securities law and is able to bring creative ideas to the table" and key clients of Adam remarked that he "understands the technical aspects of a deal in great detail." The directory emphasized how Nick Shiren is very well regarded for his work on financing transactions involving a range of asset classes, and Richard Nevins' clients remarked that he "knows what we're after and how to get it."
Crains New York Business
Cadwalader ranked as one of New York City's largest area law firms in Crain's annual Book of Lists 2011.
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers
Cadwalader is ranked among the 25 Most Innovative Law Firms in the Financial Times "US Innovative Lawyers 2011" report. The firm also ranked among top law firms in technology, media and telecom for work on Microsoft's antitrust cases and as a highly commended firm in finance for development of new deal structures in the CMBS market.
Cadwalader received top recognition from the Financial Times in its inaugural US Innovative Lawyers Report. The firm was one of only three firms ranked as "standout" for exceptional work in 2010 in the automotive sector for advising the U.S. Treasury Department Presidential Auto Task Force in the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler and in the restructuring category for its work on the chapter 11 of petrochemical giant LyondellBasell. The US Innovative Lawyers report is a collaboration between the FT, a premier global publication covering international business and politics, and RSG Consulting. To be ranked in the US Innovative Lawyers report, a legal team needed to have exceeded client expectations in a demanding market.
Global Competition Review
Cadwalader is featured as a "Highly Recommended" firm in the Global Competition Review 2013 Government Antitrust / Washington Survey.
Go-To Law Firms
Cadwalader was chosen as a "Go-To Law Firm" by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., Morgan Stanley and SLM Corporation according to Corporate Counsel's survey of general counsel at the top 500 U.S. companies.
Cadwalader was named as a "Go-To Law Firm" for Leading Technology Companies based on a survey of the firms that general counsel at leading technology companies most often turn to for assistance.
International Financial Law Review
The 2012 edition of IFLR 1000 ranked Cadwalader among the top firms in the United States in several core areas of the firm’s practice, including Bank Lending; Capital Markets – Structured Finance and Securitization; Capital Markets – Derivatives; Financial Services Regulatory; Mergers and Acquisitions; and Restructuring and Insolvency. The firm was also ranked in Capital Markets and Restructuring in the United Kingdom.
Gregory A. Markel was named among Lawdragon's Top 500 Leading Lawyers. The list, which represents less than 1% of the profession, was based on a combination of written submissions, online votes and comments, and editorial research by Lawdragon staff. Thirteen Cadwalader lawyers were named to the Lawdragon 3000 list.
More than 15 Cadwalader practices were recognized and 47 lawyers were singled out for their legal skills and experience in the 2012 US Legal 500 Guide. The firm was recommended in the areas of Structured Finance, where it earned top tier status; Asset Finance and Leasing; Bank Lending; Corporate Restructuring; Financial Services; Energy Litigation; Energy Regulatory; Patent Litigation; Alternative/Hedge Funds; Securities Shareholder Litigation; White Collar Criminal Defense; Antitrust (M&A); Mergers & Acquisition Large Deals; Real Estate; Domestic Tax; and Financial Products Tax.
The 2012 U.K. edition of the Legal 500 recognized Cadwalader for leadership in the areas of corporate restructuring & insolvency, derivatives & structured products,and securitization. In corporate restructuring & insolvency, the directory highlighted Richard Nevins work as advisor to the ad hoc committee of eircom FRN creditors and also for his cross-border work on Chapter 11 cases with English law dimensions. Legal 500 also noted the derivatives and structured products team’s work advising Natixis on a $270m cat bond issue. Nick Shiren’s work as representative to many issuers of structured bonds in relation to the bankruptcy of their collateral mangers also received praise and the directory commented that Senior Associate, Robert Cannon, is both “resourceful and client orientated’. In securitization, the directory highlighted Angus Duncan’s successful representation of Irish SPV issuers on three static securitizations, including advising Capital Efficiency Group on participation agreements with German borrowers. Nick Shiren’s advisory work for senior creditors in relation to distressed CDOs was noted and the directory praised the firm’s newest recruit, Stephen Day, remarking that he is is"mentally agile, particularly on complex cross-jurisdictional matters."
The Managing Partners' Forum
The Managing Partners' Forum named Cadwalader to its annual Global 500 list, a ranking of the world's largest professional firms. The rankings are based on total earnings and included firms in the fields of law, accounting, management consultants, technology services, marketing services, design, and investment banking.
The 2011 Washington, D.C. edition of Super Lawyers selected eight Cadwalader partners. The D.C. edition selected lawyers in the areas of Antitrust Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business Litigation, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Energy & Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, and Securities Litigation.
The 2011 metropolitan New York edition of the publication recognized more than 40 Cadwalader attorneys in 20 different practice areas. The New York publication recognized Cadwalader attorneys in the areas of Antitrust Litigation, Aviation, Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Bonds/Government Finance, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Employee Benefits/ERISA, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, International, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Securities & Corporate Finance, Securities Litigation, and Tax. Five attorneys were named Rising Stars, the best attorneys who are 40 or under or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
The Tax Directors Handbook has named Tax Department Chair Linda Z. Swartz among the leading 250 tax lawyers in the world as recommended by clients. The 2010 edition of the handbook analyzes the tax capabilities of law firms in 46 jurisdictions, details the firms ranked by size of tax group, and highlights the top 250 individual tax advisers in the world.
U.S. News/Best Lawyers
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers In America have recognized Cadwalader as a leader in various major practices, both nationally and in several metropolitan areas.
Nationally, Cadwalader placed in the first tier in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Derivatives and Futures Law; and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; and in the second tier in Tax Law.
In metropolitan rankings in New York, the firm placed first in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law. Second tier rankings were secured in Equipment Finance Law, Tax Law, and Trusts & Estates Law while General Commercial Litigation earned third and Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate placed fourth. In Washington, the Antitrust Law and Criminal Defense / White-Collar practices placed in the second tier; a third tier ranking was had in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and the fourth tier included in Securities / Capital Markets Law. In Charlotte, the firm placed in the first tier in Derivatives and Futures Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law, and in the second tier in Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.
Significant clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. The reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Objective data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience; clients; transactions and litigation matters; pro bono and diversity commitment; and other data were also used to develop practice area rankings.
United States Lawyers
Cadwalader partners David S. Miller and Christopher A. Hughes have been named among the nation's top lawyers by the 2011 United States Lawyer Rankings. David ranked first in the country in Tax while Chris ranked second in Intellectual Property. This edition marks David's sixth consecutive appearance in the top Tax spot; Chris has appeared in the rankings for four consecutive years. Lawyers are nominated for inclusion in the United States Lawyer Rankings by members of the Bar, Judiciary and by the senior management of large corporate and institutional clients. The United States Lawyer Rankings was established by a consortium of United States corporations to recognize lawyers who have consistently provided the highest degree of legal representation.
The December 2011 issue of Washingtonian magazine named Rick Rule among the top lawyers in Antitrust. The Washingtonian compiles its list of top lawyers relying heavily on peer recommendations, asking attorneys who set the standard in his or her field. Washingtonian's list represents the top one percent of lawyers in D.C.