About the Firm
Based in New York City, Shearman and Sterling is one of the most renowned law firms of the region. It has more than 20 offices all over the world in some of the most strategic locations. Shearman and Sterling was established in 1873 and is known to be the leaders in the area of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and international arbitration.
Shearman and Sterling was announced to be the 6th largest law firm worldwide, in terms of revenue creation in 2006. The firm stands out for its unique set of practice area which includes French, Italian, Hong Kong, English, German, and the European Union law alongside others like California and New York state laws, United States Federal law, and the international public law. The firm that started with only about half a dozen attorneys has now expanded into an entity comprising of about 1,000 attorneys worldwide. John William Sterling and Thomas Shearman were the founding members of Shearman and Sterling. The firm has had the honor of serving Henry Ford, the Rockefeller family, Jay Gould, Siemens, Daimler, Deutsche Bank and Citibank and their predecessors.
The first international expansion by Shearman and Sterling took place in Paris in the post-world war II period. The initiative to diversify into geographical locations outside the United States was taken by one of the partners of the firm in 1963. Boykin C. Wright became the founder of international expansion for the firm and thereon Shearman and Sterling started to open their offices one after another in other geographical locations. In the international jurisdictions, Shearman and Sterling became the most popular in Germany and the United Kingdom where it has the biggest law office for a non-UK firm. It gained support in Germany due to their expertise in the merger and acquisitions.
Shearman and Sterling is associated in a number of pro bono activities including being a counsel to the ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda) in Tanzania. Other pro bono activities of the firm include working on criminal appeals, asylums, and the petitions for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Areas of Law
- Anti Corruption & Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- International Arbitration
- International Trade & Government Relations
- Appellate Litigation
- Bankruptcy and Reorganization
- Capital Markets
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Corporate Governance
- Private Client
- Criminal Law
- Regulation & Enforcement
- Pro Bono
- Derivatives and Structured Products
- Project Development & Finance
- Public International Law
- Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
- Real Estate
- State Controlled Companies/Sovereign Wealth Funds
- Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory
- Structured Finance
- Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
- Intellectual Property Transactions
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Shearman & Sterling LLP
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