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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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Chairman: Joseph C Shenker
Senior Chairman: H Rodgin Cohen
Number of other lawyers worldwide: More than 875

The firm also has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.

Firm Overview:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. S&C’s record of success and unparalleled client service has set it apart for 140 years and made the firm a model for the modern practice of law. Today, it is a leader in each of its core practice areas and geographic markets. S&C advises a diverse range of clients on corporate transactions, litigation, and estate planning matters. It comprises more than 875 lawyers who conduct a seamless, global practice through a network of 13 offices located in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.

Main Areas of Practice:


S&C has one of the most comprehensive antitrust practices among global firms, with expertise securing US and EU merger clearances. We also coordinate global cartel investigations and defend clients in investigations brought by US and foreign regulators and in civil litigation.

Capital Markets:
S&C has built a solid reputation by working on some of the biggest and most notable capital markets transactions of the last decade. Leading US and global rankings in both volume and value of offerings, S&C structures innovative and effective transactions for issuers, underwriters, and selling shareholders around the world.

Corporate Governance:
No law firm has a more thorough understanding of evolving corporate governance requirements and practices, as Dodd-Frank and other legislation has led to greater emphasis on board independence and corporate governance controls. S&C’s advice is tailored for the specific company taking into account its unique circumstances based on a deep knowledge of current market practices.

Executive Compensation/ERISA:
S&C’s practice advises on a full range of corporate, securities, tax and employment law matters. 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. In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, S&C is at the forefront in educating clients on legislative and regulatory developments and working with them on achieving strategic business objectives.

Healthcare & Life Sciences:
S&C has played a leading role in consolidating the healthcare industry, advising on five of the ten largest healthcare M&A deals to date. S&C represents global companies in healthcare and life sciences, including those involved in research, pharmaceuticals, medtech, insurance and managed care. It also represents smaller biotechnology companies in strategic acquisitions and capital-raising efforts, and advises clients on legislation/regulatory developments.

Intellectual Property & Technology:

S&C assists clients with the many IP and technology issues confronting global businesses. S&C has experience providing advice on transactions, patent licenses, and joint licensing programs and helping clients prevail in contested matters before courts, arbitrators and regulatory agencies. It also advises clients on the development, acquisition and maintenance of IP portfolios.

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. It is at the forefront of assisting clients in new challenges and opportunities resulting from Dodd-Frank and the changing landscape of the industry.

S&C offers unparalleled litigation expertise across a broad range of practice areas, including: antitrust, appellate, criminal defense and investigations, financial services, intellectual property, labor and employment, M&A, products liability and securities. Our litigators have extensive experience representing clients before courts of all levels, regulatory agencies and arbitration panels, and we are regularly designated as lead counsel in high-profile, complex nationwide litigation.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
S&C mobilizes teams of lawyers worldwide for clients on their largest and most important domestic and crossborder M&A transactions. A perennial leader in M&A, S&C has acted in over $4.5 trillion in announced transactions worldwide over the past ten years.

Private Equity:
S&C’s private equity practice is distinguished by its depth, hallmark multidisciplinary approach and broad geographic reach. It draws upon the integrated resources of S&C’s offices, taking advantage of preeminent global capabilities to advise private equity firms, family offices, sovereign wealth funds and other investors of private capital on their most significant transactions, investments and exits, across a range of industries.

Project Development & Finance, Infrastructure:
S&C is a leader in project and infrastructure development and finance. It 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. S&C also advises clients in joint venture arrangements, M&A, restructurings and public-private partnerships in these critically important sectors.

Real Estate:
S&C occupies a leadership position in global commercial real estate transactions. It uses a multidisciplinary approach to offer clients expertise in public/private joint ventures, acquisitions/dispositions, financings and capital markets issuances, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, the structuring/ formation of private equity funds and real estate investment vehicles, complex restructurings of family-owned businesses, and stadium development financing and other sports-related matters.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy:
S&C assists a wide variety of clients on corporate rescues, financial reorganizations, Chapter 11 restructurings and dispositions, and dispute resolution proceedings, with a particular focus on high-value mega-deals. For every restructuring engagement, S&C forms an ad hoc team drawn from leading practitioners in the relevant disciplines, including M&A, litigation, tax, regulatory, executive compensation, capital markets and leveraged finance.

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 crossborder tax matters.


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