Global Reach

From complex cross-border transactions to exclusively local deals, clients rely on Shearman & Sterling’s vast international network to help accomplish their business goals. The firm has approximately 850 lawyers in 20 offices around the world. Our lawyers come from some 80 countries, speak more than 60 languages and practice US, English, EU, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong and Saudi law. In addition, we practice Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law. We understand our clients’ needs and develop creative ways to address their problems in this challenging 21st century global economy.


  • Africa


    Covering both North and Sub-Saharan Africa, our multilingual Africa Group has assisted companies, financial institutions, States and State-owned entities on a broad range of projects, corporate transactions and international disputes. We advise African companies as well as foreign companies investing in Africa. Our lawyers are trained and qualified in common law and civil law jurisdictions, and have extensive knowledge of OHADA law.

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  • Asia

    For over 30 years, Shearman & Sterling has developed a strong reputation in Asia for delivering commercially innovative advice that takes account of our clients’ strategic business goals. In Asia, we offer an integrated multidisciplinary team of around 100 lawyers on the ground in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore dedicated to delivering first-class client service. Our clients rely on our exemplary technical skills, strong industry experience, language capabilities, as well as a deep understanding of the local cultural and economic subtleties, to guide them through the maze of legal and regulatory complexities in different parts of Asia.

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    Office(s) in Region: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo
  • China

    We have a long-standing commitment to China and have forged strong, long-term relationships with clients. For over 30 years, we have advised multinationals and financial institutions on the opportunities and challenges offered by China’s rapidly evolving markets and have acted for Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies on their most important deals as they become key global economic players.

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    Office(s) in Region: Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong
  • India

    For over two decades, we have been helping Indian clients worldwide and international clients in India to achieve their business goals. Our India practice consists of a network of lawyers in M&A, private equity, capital markets, project finance, international arbitration, real estate and fund formation. Drawing upon the experience of our worldwide offices, we are able to provide integrated cross-practice advice on India-related deals.

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  • Japan

    In Japan, our extensive knowledge of local law and business practices, combined with our local language capabilities, enables us to work closely with clients and local counsel, and facilitate interaction with parties from different business cultures. We help to resolve the numerous legal, business and cultural issues inherent in Japanese corporate governance and business customs, and to execute transactions smoothly.

    Office(s) in Region: Tokyo
  • Mongolia

    We are one of a few international law firms active in Mongolia. Our clients include companies, financial institutions, the Mongolian government and state-owned entities that we advise on project development and corporate transactions. We bring together the skills of lawyers in project development and finance, banking finance, and equity and debt fund raisings who have natural resources and infrastructure industry experience.

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  • Singapore

    Our Singapore office serves major corporations, financial institutions and governments throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore itself, as well as clients around the world that do business in these countries. We have strength-in-depth, with lawyers from our Capital Markets, M&A, International Arbitration and Project Development & Finance practices. We work closely with colleagues in our other Asian offices and throughout the firm.

    Office(s) in Region: Singapore


  • Europe

    Shearman & Sterling has been established in Europe for over 50 years and is recognized in the region as one of the leading international law firms. With nearly 300 lawyers in our Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris and Rome offices, we offer a full-service capability that is totally integrated into our international platform. We advise a wide array of high-profile financial institutions and companies, spanning a broad range of industries, wherever they do business in Europe or in the world. Our European law capability, combined with our strengths in the US and Asia, means that we are particularly well placed to advise on complex cross-border transactions and high-profile cases. Our impressive track record supports this. 

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    Office(s) in Region: Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris, Rome
  • Belgium


    From our Brussels office, we advise on the full range of EU and national competition law, covering merger control, abuse of dominance, antitrust/IP interface, cartel investigations, litigation, compliance, State aid, sector inquiries and EU Member State infringement cases. We have extensive experience in handling competition cases before the European Commission, national competition authorities and European and national courts.

    Office(s) in Region: Brussels
  • France

    Established in France since 1963, our Paris office advises on matters of French, US and international law. Core practices are: capital markets, M&A, private equity, bank finance, project finance, restructuring and insolvency, equity plans and management compensation, tax, international arbitration and public international law.

    Office(s) in Region: Paris
  • Germany

    For two decades, Shearman & Sterling has been a recognized leader in the German market. Our office is strategically positioned in the financial, economic, industrial and commercial center of the country to best serve our clients. Many organizations and individuals call upon our experience, including international groups, global investment banks, medium-sized businesses and private equity investors.

    Office(s) in Region: Frankfurt
  • Italy

    Our Italian team has advised on many of the largest, most complex and most innovative transactions completed in Italy in recent years, including various market firsts. We have established a strong position in the Italian market during our 30+ years of working with the most prominent Italian companies.

    Office(s) in Region: Milan, Rome
  • United Kingdom

    Our lawyers provide English and US legal advice to UK and international companies and financial institutions on their most complex cross-border deals/disputes. Our practices cover asset management, banking and finance, capital markets, competition, employment, environment, financial regulatory, international arbitration, litigation, M&A, project development and finance, real estate, structured finance and tax.

    Office(s) in Region: London

Latin America & Caribbean

  • Latin America & Caribbean

    We have been a leading international law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than a century and have played an active role in the economic development of the region. With offices in North America, Europe, Asia and São Paulo, our global platform provides our clients with advice on US, English, German, Italian, French, Hong Kong and international law in connection with Latin American transactions and disputes.

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  • Brazil


    We continue to consolidate our position as the leading international law firm in the Brazilian market, advising clients on a wide range of transactions—from debt and equity financings to M&A and fund formation. Our team of experienced lawyers is qualified to practice US law and is fluent in English and Portuguese.

    Office(s) in Region: São Paulo

Middle East

  • Middle East

    Shearman & Sterling has a distinguished record in M&A, project development, banking and finance, financial institutions advisory & financial regulatory, capital markets, private equity and dispute resolution in the Middle East. We are leaders in many of the major regional sectors of the regional economy, including oil & gas, power, financial institutions, infrastructure and finance, where we provide legal advice to clients throughout the Middle East, as well as foreign investors seeking opportunities in the region. We act as the key legal advisor on some of the region’s biggest projects, advise on regional and foreign investment and financing transactions, and handle major international arbitrations.

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    Office(s) in Region: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

    Our lawyers in the UAE work closely with colleagues throughout Europe and Asia to advise clients engaged in high value and complex transactions in the Middle East and around the globe. Much of this work is in project development and financing in the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors, cross-border investments, financial institutions advisory & financial regulatory, M&A and joint ventures. We also represent clients in international arbitration.

    Office(s) in Region: Abu Dhabi, Dubai

North America

  • North America

    With approximately 425 lawyers located in Menlo Park, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC, we have built a strong reputation representing leading US and non-US corporations and financial institutions, and have been actively involved in the spread of US businesses into world markets and the entry of businesses from abroad into the expanding US market. We work closely with our clients to achieve their business objectives in both public and private financings, M&A, US stock exchange listings and corporate governance matters. We also provide integrated global advising and counseling, investigation, litigation and arbitration services to a wide range of industries across multiple jurisdictions.

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  • Canada


    We represent Canadian issuers and US and Canadian financial institutions in both public and private financings, M&A, US stock exchange listings and corporate governance matters. Our work aligns the firm with the needs of the Canadian business community and allows us to better service the needs of both our international and Canadian clients.

    Office(s) in Region: Toronto
  • United States

    Although the United States contains the largest concentration of the firm's lawyers, we operate on the firmwide principle that our success is tied directly to our ability to form teams with colleagues—across the hall or across the globe.

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