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Cravath Breaks Silence On Affiliate Raises

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Ever since Milbank announced associate raises last Thursday and then Davis Polk came over the top of those numbers, Biglaw watchers have been waiting and wondering — what will Cravath do?

Now, Cravath isn’t the only firm that can push the market forward (see, e.g., Milbank and Davis Polk), but they’re definitely big players. And after the glut of raises announced this week (we are already at 30+ firms on the new scale), whatever Cravath decides is probably the last chance to move the compensation grid. Like in 2018, when they came over the top of that year’s Milbank raises for midlevel and senior associates. So in 2021, will Cravath play spoiler again, or was that role already taken by Davis Polk’s announcement?

Well, they’re content to match the existing scale, effective July 1:

Congrats to Cravath associates on the raise! You can read the firm’s full memo on the next page.

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