Top Ranked

Best Law Firms by Practice Area

Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, banking and financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2019 Best Law Firms for Securities/Capital Markets

1
% OF VOTES
30.59

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, founded in New York City more than 165 years ago, has finance in its DNA. The firm boasts one of the nation's best and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
27.98

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant Among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Beyoncé, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
22.91

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has been known as one of the nation's pre-eminent law firms for nearly 200 years. With industry-leading practices on both...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
19.36

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a Wall Street institution, housing elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets, private funds and litigation and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
5
% OF VOTES
17.95

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham is one of the world's largest law firms, a bona fide member of the clique that includes the Magic Circle and the elite U.S. heritage firms. With...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
6
% OF VOTES
17.69

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

A BigLaw powerhouse, Sullivan & Cromwell has been ranked in the AmLaw 100 since the rankings began in the 1980s and is a regular player on The...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
7
% OF VOTES
15.50

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Each year, a significant chunk of the world's dealmaking-major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big-name restructurings,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
12.16

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb is a preeminent global law firm, with offices on four continents and an unparalleled reputation for groundbreaking work. While long known...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
7.15

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

With a reputation for capital markets prowess and First Amendment excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective-and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
9
% OF VOTES
7.15

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis, one the world's most elite law firms, is recognized for its private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
10
11
% OF VOTES
6.63

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
12
% OF VOTES
5.32

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

For decades, Paul, Weiss has valiantly defended the coffers and reputations of some of the world's largest financial institutions and companies. Though...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
13
12
% OF VOTES
5.32

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world's leading law firms....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
12
14
% OF VOTES
4.02

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Established 225 years ago, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is the oldest Wall Street firm still in existence. Known especially for its capital...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
14
15
% OF VOTES
3.76

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming new turf in the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
24
16
% OF VOTES
3.65

Cooley LLP

Founded by Arthur Cooley and Louis Crowley in 1920 in San Francisco, Cooley became a major player in California, as it prospered in the Silicon Valley...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
17
17
% OF VOTES
3.55

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton ranks as one of New York's most powerful law firms, representing high-profile clients in transactions and disputes in...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
19
17
% OF VOTES
3.55

Morrison & Foerster LLP

In 1973 those cats in San Fran approved "MoFo" as Morrison & Foerster's official nickname, accentuating the firm's unconventional modus operandi....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
16
19
% OF VOTES
3.24

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is one of the world's premier law firms, serving the domestic and cross-border needs of an impressive roster of clients. With...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
15
20
% OF VOTES
2.92

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
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