April 13, 2010
Recognition for Mergers and Acquisitions, Bankruptcy, Private Equity, and Asset-Backed and Mortgage-Backed Securities
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, was ranked highly in The American Lawyer magazine’s annual Corporate Scorecard issue. The firm’s nationally recognized Mergers and Acquisitions, Bankruptcy, Private Equity, and Asset-Backed and Mortgage-Backed Securities Practices all received mention.
In the securities category, Cadwalader ranked within the top five firms for both asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. In the mortgage-backed ranking, Cadwalader was listed as a leader in both the issuer’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel categories, for both the number of issues as well as proceeds. The firm jumped to the top 10 in mergers & acquisitions, due to its handling of one of the largest acquisitions of the year, Pfizer’s purchase of Wyeth. Cadwalader attorneys represented the United States Treasury in the three largest bankruptcies of 2009: General Motors, CIT Group, and Chrysler; they also represented creditors in the fourth largest bankruptcy, Thornburg Mortgage, and were involved in four of the top ten emergences from bankruptcy in 2009. In addition, Cadwalader attorneys handled the sixth largest bankruptcy filing of 2009, in its representation as debtor’s counsel to Lyondell Chemical Company. Cadwalader also ranked highly in the private equity category for the first time, landing in the top ten for value of deals completed last year.
Cadwalader’s Chairman, W. Christopher White, stated, “Our appearance in multiple categories year after year reflects the breadth and quality of our practice. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of legal counsel on their most challenging, high-profile matters and are delighted that The American Lawyer has recognized us for consistently doing so.”
A complete list of all firms ranked is available in The American Lawyer’s April issue.
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