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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Global 2022
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Co-Chairs: Robert J. Giuffra Jr. and Scott D. Miller

Senior Chairs: H. Rodgin Cohen and Joseph C. Shenker

Number of partners worldwide: 170 +

Total number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 875

International Offices: Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo


Firm Overview:

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. The firm’s record of success and unparalleled client service has set it apart for more than 130 years and made the firm a model for the modern practice of law. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and geographic markets. The firm advises a diverse range of clients on major domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, high-stakes litigation and corporate investigations and complex regulatory, tax and estate planning matters. S&C comprises approximately 875 lawyers who conduct a seamless, global practice through a network of 13 offices located in key financial centres in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.


Main Areas of Practice:


Antitrust & EU Competition:

Sullivan & Cromwell represents clients across a broad array of industries and in multiple jurisdictions in merger clearances, criminal antitrust investigations and civil litigation. The firm provides clients a coordinated approach for securing clearances in the US, the EU and elsewhere, handling merger clearances for some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the world. S&C also represents clients in EU Commission and certain EU member state antitrust investigations and EU state aid investigations and litigation before the EU courts. As a leader in representing financial institutions, S&C continues to represent a number of global financial institutions in antitrust and related matters. The firm’s practice also extends to successful efforts in court and before enforcement agencies on competition law-based challenges to the assertion of intellectual property.


Capital Markets:

S&C leads global rankings in both volume and value of offerings and on its ability to structure novel and effective transactions in the representation of issuers, underwriters, selling and controlling shareholders, and other market participants around the world.


Corporate Governance:

Corporate governance represents an increasingly complex and critical area of focus for public companies. S&C’s corporate governance practice is thoroughly multidisciplinary, drawing from across the firm’s preeminent practice areas. No law firm has a more thorough understanding of evolving corporate governance requirements and practices. The firm’s advice is tailored for the specific company, taking into account its unique circumstances based on a deep knowledge of current market practices.


Estates & Personal:

S&C provides comprehensive and customised service to individuals, families, trustees and charitable institutions on a range of sensitive business and personal affairs. The practice includes all aspects of non-US and US transactional matters, and cross-border trusts and estates litigation.


Executive Compensation/ERISA:

S&C’s premier executive compensation and benefits practice advises on a full range of corporate, securities, tax and employment law matters. The firm’s lawyers represent many of the largest global companies on employment arrangements, corporate governance, succession matters and incentive compensation plan design, as well as senior executives in negotiations, and play a key role in the firm’s financial services, securities and M&A practices.


Financial Services:

S&C remains the leading global law firm on transactional, regulatory, enforcement and other matters affecting financial institutions. The firm’s expertise extends to clients in the banking; broker-dealer; commodities; futures and derivatives; insurance; and investment management sectors. The firm has worked with its clients on achieving their strategic business objectives despite the challenges of an unpredictable and difficult global economic climate. In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, S&C has been at the forefront of educating clients on legislative and regulatory developments.


Healthcare & Life Sciences:

S&C has played a leading role in the consolidation of the healthcare industry, advising on many of the largest pharmaceutical M&A deals to date. The firm represents global companies in healthcare and life sciences, including those involved in research, pharmaceuticals and emerging technology, as well as insurance and managed care providers. The firm also represents smaller biotechnology concerns in strategic acquisitions and capital-raising efforts, and advises clients on new legislation and regulatory developments.


Intellectual Property & Technology:

S&C assists clients globally with the full spectrum of intellectual property and technology issues, including in significant M&A transactions, complex patent and other IP disputes, as well as in licensing matters.


Investment Management:

S&C combines a traditional investment management and an alternative investment management practice to provide expertise in transactional, structuring, trading, advisory and regulatory matters. The group is at the forefront of assisting clients in the new challenges and opportunities resulting from Dodd-Frank and the changing landscape of the industry.


Litigation:

S&C’s litigators take a global, multidisciplinary approach to every aspect of litigation and regulatory matters, with a practice strengthened by S&C’s deep experience and leadership position as a corporate, financial and transactional firm. S&C’s team of litigators is distinguished by this diversity of experience, its exceptional professional judgment and a proven track record of innovation. It includes some of the most experienced US trial and regulatory lawyers. Its approach to litigation matters has made S&C the go-to firm for cross-border litigation, with its litigators holding leading roles in some of the most significant cross-border actions.


Mergers & Acquisitions:

S&C mobilises teams of lawyers worldwide for clients on their largest and most important domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Guided by clients’ commercial objectives and S&C’s deep experience, the firm seeks to provide the best possible advice to achieve these objectives. A perennial leader in M&A, S&C ranks first by value among law firms over the last 20 years, having acted in over $9 trillion in announced transactions worldwide.


Private Equity:

S&C’s private equity practice is distinguished by its exceptional depth, its hallmark multidisciplinary approach, and its broad geographic reach. The practice draws upon the integrated resources and efforts of S&C offices around the world, taking advantage of the firm’s preeminent global capabilities to advise private equity firms, family offices, sovereign wealth funds and other investors of private capital on their most important and complex acquisi tions, strategic investments and exits, across a broad range of industries.


Project Development & Finance; Infrastructure:

S&C is a leader in project and infrastructure development and finance. The firm has advised on many of the most transformative and complex projects and financings in both developed and emerging markets involving oil and gas, mining, other natural resources, and infrastructure. The group also advises clients in joint venture arrangements, M&A, restructurings and public-private partnerships in these critically important sectors.


Real Estate:

S&C’s real estate group combines public/private market expertise and innovative deal-making skills to assist clients in purchasing, selling, developing and financing real estate companies and assets worldwide, and represents clients in restructuring real estate and other assets to facilitate generational transition and/or resolve disputes. The practice includes bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, financial institutions, M&A, private equity, securities, structured finance and professional sports-related transactions.


Restructuring & Bankruptcy:

S&C’s restructuring and bankruptcy litigation lawyers have significant experience working on a diverse mix of international and domestic distressed opportunities. The firm represents debtors, creditors, financial institutions, agents and trustees, directors, owners and purchasers. S&C is unique in its ability to handle all elements of a corporate restructuring—whether or not an insolvency proceeding is used as a tool. The firm is equally comfortable with bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy execution paths. The group has prosecuted and defended very large contested claims, challenged and defended plans of reorganisation and bankruptcy settlements, defended major avoidance actions, protected acquirors from challenges to bankruptcy purchases and resolved a wide variety of other disputes.


Tax:

S&C’s tax group has a global reputation for innovative tax planning, the successful resolution of tax controversies, as well as providing pivotal tax advice on corporate transactions. S&C plays a significant role in structuring new, tax-advantaged financial instruments and complex M&A transactions and represents prominent industrial and commercial enterprises in US, French, UK and cross-border tax matters.

Ranked Offices

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USA - Head office
Australia
  • Sydney
    The Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, NSW 2000
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Belgium
  • Brussels
    Boulevard du Régent 35, Brussels, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium, 1000
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China
  • Beijing
    Suite 501, China World Trade Center Tower 1, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, China, 100004
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    Hong Kong
    28th Floor, Nine Queen's Rd, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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France
Germany
  • Frankfurt am Main
    Neue Mainzer Strasse 52, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany, 60311
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Japan
  • Tokyo
    Otemachi First Square East Tower 16-F, 5-1, Otemachi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan, 100-0004
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UK
USA
  • Los Angeles
    1888 Century Park East, Los Angeles, California, USA, CA 90067-1725
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    Palo Alto
    1870 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, California, USA, CA 94303-3308
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    Washington, DC
    1700 New York Avenue, NW Suite 700, Washington, DC, District of Columbia, USA, 20006-5215
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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP rankings

Global Guide 2022
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Asia-Pacific Region
Capital Markets: Equity
1 Department
Department
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Band 3
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A
5
Corporate/M&A
5
Band 5
Projects & Infrastructure
1 Department
Department
Projects & Infrastructure
4
Projects & Infrastructure
4
Band 4
Australia
Capital Markets: US Law
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Capital Markets: US Law
Capital Markets: US Law
Spotlight Table
Lawyers
1
Waldo D Jones Jr
1
Band 1
Belgium
Competition: EU
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Competition: EU
5
Competition: EU
5
Band 5
Lawyers
4
Michael Rosenthal
4
Band 4
China
Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
3
Capital Markets: Equity (International Firms)
3
Band 3
Lawyers
2
Kay Ian Ng
2
Band 2
4
Gwen Wong
4
Band 4
Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (International Firms)
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
2
Kay Ian Ng
2
Band 2
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
2
Corporate/M&A: The Elite (International Firms)
2
Band 2
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
1 Department
Department
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
4
International & Cross-Border Transactions (International Firms)
4
Band 4
Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
3
Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms)
3
Band 3
Lawyers
3
Jamieson J Logie
3
Band 3
Europe-wide
Capital Markets: Equity
1 Department
Department
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Band 3
Corporate/M&A
1 Department
Department
Corporate/M&A
3
Corporate/M&A
3
Band 3
France
Capital Markets: Equity
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Capital Markets: Equity
3
Band 3
Lawyers
2
Olivier de Vilmorin
2
Band 2
Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
3
Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
3
Band 3
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