This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - NEW YORK
In 2013, Sullivan & Cromwell elected four new partners: three in New York and one in Los Angeles. It also made one lateral hire in London. In addition, the firm increased its already impressive listing by nine from last year’s edition, which – along with its fifth award for New York firm of the year – epitomises Sullivan & Cromwell’s international leadership.
|SULLIVAN & CROMWELL|
|Banking||11||Labour & Employment||1|
|Business Crime Defence||5||M&A||6|
|Commercial Litigation||6||Private Client||1|
|Corporate Governance||5||Public Procurement||2|
|Corporate Tax||8||Real Estate||3|
|Environment||1||Sports & Entertainment||2|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Sullivan & Cromwell once again fields an exceptionally strong international financial practice in both banking and capital markets. Rodgin Cohen has a pervasive influence over the financial sector stretching back almost half a century, and is widely recognised as one of the “world’s greatest banking lawyers”. Cohen’s renowned practice primarily focuses on acquisition, regulatory, enforcement and securities law for international and domestic financial institutions, and corporate governance matters for a wide variety of businesses. Michael Wiseman, the managing partner of the firm’s financial services group, has a “strong command of banking law”. He recently advised Goldman Sachs in its conversion to a bank holding company and AIG in its $85 billion emergency financing plan with the Federal Reserve. Mark Welshimer, the deputy managing partner of the financial institutions group and the coordinator of the structured finance group, has earned the “gratitude” and “respect” of some of the country’s largest financial institutions for his bank regulatory advice and representation in capital-raising transactions. Mitchell Eitel is highly regarded by his peers and clients alike, and is “one of the very best” lawyers in regards to financial services M&A, private equity investments and bank enforcement and regulatory matters. Michael Escue has for some years been considered a leader in the field of banking regulation and compliance. He is considered “invaluable” to both domestic and foreign financial institutions in need of advice on American banking laws and regulations.
In the field of capital markets the firm has a global reach. In New York, Robert Buckholz Jr is a “treasured” capital markets lawyer and has been a leader in the area for over a decade. His extensive experience comprises of handling public and private debt and equity financings for domestic and international underwriters and issuers. Waldo Jones Jr heads up the firm’s Sydney office and is considered “extremely knowledgeable” by international and Australian investment banks and their affiliates who he advises on US capital market activities. The London office is led by Richard Morrissey, who has worked with a number of private equity firms on buying transactions; he has also worked corporate clients selling businesses to a variety of private equity firms. Furthermore, London fields the “fantastic” David Rockwell whose recent equity experience includes representing Sky Deutschland, Porsche, ING, SEB, Anheuser-Busch InBev and UBS in connection with their rights offerings. In Germany, a talented pool of lawyers, including stand outs Wolfgang Feuring and Carsten Berrar, advise on a wide range of international public and private capital markets and M&A transactions.
Corporate tax is another area in which the firm excels.Gauthier Blanluet in Paris is a “revered” lawyer, recognised for his knowledge of European tax law; as is Nicolas de Boynes, who represents leading corporate clients and financial institutions in audits and tax litigation matters. David Hariton is a “leading expert” on American tax treatment of financial instruments and transactions and cross-border investment; he advises leading financial institutions, including Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. Andrew Mason is “highly proficient” regarding all federal and state tax matters, including real estate, mergers, acquisitions, project finance, leveraged lease, joint ventures and international transactions.
Sullivan & Cromwell is also home to the foremost project finance lawyer in our research: Frederic Rich. Rich heads the firm’s global project development and finance group, and is our project finance lawyer of the year. He represents lenders and investors, especially in emerging markets, in projects involving landmark metals and mining, oil and gas and infrastructure transactions.
|Total Listings in WWL||75||Established||1879|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||822|
|Number of partners||174||Number of offices||12|
Sullivan & Cromwell considers pro bono work an important commitment of every lawyer, as well as a tool by which lawyers can bolster their skills. In 2012, the firm devoted almost 73,000 hours to public service. Its lawyers achieved positive outcomes for diverse groups of individuals in need of legal representation and for legal, charitable, and government organisations across a range of practice areas.
Sullivan & Cromwell established itself as a global firm in the latter half of the previous century and opened the most recent of its new offices in 2001. Since then it has endeavoured to use its global network to respond to the increasing volume and complexity of its clients’ affairs, developing top-ranking practices in M&A, banking regulation, real estate finance, derivatives and private equity. Now it has reach the top of its game as a global firm, Sullivan & Cromwell is looking to consolidate its position by applying the very same ambition in the years ahead.
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