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Sidley Austin LLP

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Chairman of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger
Chairman of the Management Committee: Larry A. Barden
Number of partners worldwide: 665
Number of lawyers worldwide: 2,074

Firm Overview:
Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds. With more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to ‘bet the company’ litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Number of lawyers: 29
Office Profile:
■Established in 2003, Sidley’s Brussels office is a leader in helping clients navigate the complex web of EU and Member State rules. The office’s lawyers apply innovative strategies to help clients achieve their competitive business objectives. They offer a rare combination of private- and public- sector experience and have a sophisticated understanding of EU institutions and policies. The firm represents clients before the European institutions, the Court of Justice of the EU and certain Member State bodies and courts
EU Trade Law Practice:
■The team has in-depth experience in EU and international trade law, including trade policy negotiations, trade remedies, custom rules, export controls and trade sanctions regimes EU Competition Practice:
■The lawyers assist clients with all aspects of EU competition law, including merger control, public authority investigations, litigation and arbitration, compliance and policy projects, commercial agreements and state aid
EU Regulatory Practice:
■The lawyers advise clients on the EU and Member State rules regulating market access for goods, services and investments. The team’s experience spans the full range of regulated activities and sectors, from life sciences to financial services. In particular, they have substantial experience addressing regulatory issues related to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, food, cosmetics and chemicals, and complex environmental and consumer protection matters
European Data Protection & Cybersecurity:
■The lawyers help a range of businesses address some of the most challenging matters concerning data protection, privacy, information security and the commercialisation of data. They advise clients with extensive operations in Europe, as well as in the US, Asia and elsewhere, on developing and implementing global data protection programs. The lawyers have the knowledge and deep industry experience to serve clients in a variety of sectors, including technology, financial services, life sciences, transportation, and media and entertainment

Number of lawyers: 26
Office Profile:
■Sidley’s Munich office, established in 2016, is an important extension of the firm’s services in Europe, as well as a continuation of its dedication to assisting clients in key business centres around the world
■The office focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, finance and tax, and is an integral part of Sidley’s global practices, providing clients with the benefit of the firm’s international reach and network of resources
■The office provides efficient service to both European and international clients across a wide range of industries, including investment funds, financial services, insurance, life sciences, energy, technology, REITs, agribusiness, and media and entertainment

Number of lawyers: 24
Office Profile:
Established in 2002, the Geneva office is home to Sidley’s top-ranked WTO and international commercial arbitration practices
■The firm’s Geneva office lawyers are qualified in both civil and common law jurisdictions and the team includes a diverse set of experienced policy advisers, analysts and economists. The office’s professionals work with colleagues across the firm to provide seamless global services to clients in Europe, the CIS countries, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia WTO & International Trade Practice:
■The Geneva office helps clients navigate international trade and investment rules that affect every aspect of today’s global economy. The team has been involved in more than half of all complaints brought to the WTO and has taken a leading role in shaping the ongoing development of WTO law. The firm’s lawyers also assist clients in identifying and securing their objectives in free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) Global Policy Advocacy Practice:
■The team advises companies and governments on high-level policy issues before other Geneva-based international organisations, including WIPO and WHO International Arbitration & Dispute Practice:
■The lawyers provide cost-effective services through all stages of the arbitration process. They represent clients and act as arbitrators across a wide variety of business sectors in arbitrations governed by many national laws and under the auspices of major international arbitral institutions. The team also handles cross-border litigation in national courts, including enforcing judgments and arbitral awards, international judicial assistance and internal investigations
European Life Sciences Practice:
Sidley lawyers advise the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, cosmetics and in vitro diagnostics community across a wide range of Swiss, EU and UK regulatory matters. The team offers strategic advice and contractual support for gaining and maintaining market access, anticipating and acting on legislative developments and addressing compliance matters.

United Kingdom:
Number of lawyers: 149
Office Profile:
■Sidley’s office in London, its largest in Europe, has served clients across a myriad of legal disciplines in the London market since 1974. The firm gained a significant advantage in 1994 when it began offering English law advice in addition to US legal advice. Having lawyers qualified to practice in both jurisdictions for more than 20 years has enhanced the reputation for assisting global businesses across a variety of industries. The firm’s culture of teamwork and collaboration helps the London office to assist clients across a myriad of legal disciplines and to harness the talents of Sidley’s lawyers worldwide. English law is frequently chosen as the governing law in cross-border transactions spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The London office is the firm’s hub for coordinating such projects
■Sidley’s clients in London include the world’s leading banks and other financial institutions, funds, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. The London team focuses on numerous areas of law, including: finance (including structured finance, securitisation and derivatives), real estate and real estate finance, financial services regulation, capital markets (including both debt and equity), insurance and reinsurance, restructuring (including both court supervised proceedings and out-of-court workouts), dispute resolution (including litigation and international arbitration), investment funds (including structuring and operations), M&A and private equity, labour and employment, competition/antitrust, tax, privacy and data security, and governance and investigations

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