Shearman & Sterling’s Bay Area offices offer clients a single point of contact for local, national and international legal services, combining over 30 years in the local market with efficient access to our preeminent global network. Since 1979, our San Francisco and Menlo Park offices have advised companies at all stages of operations, private equity firms, financial institutions, and individuals on a full spectrum of transactional, counseling and dispute resolution matters.
Our Bay Area corporate lawyers focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, emerging growth, corporate governance, and intellectual property and licensing, as well as associated tax and executive compensation and employee benefits issues. The M&A team is known for the depth of its experience with corporate, private equity and investment bank clients and the intense senior-level focus that it brings to every engagement. With deep experience in the full range of capital-raising transactions, our capital markets and corporate governance lawyers advise companies, boards and their committees on corporate governance and regulatory issues.
Our intellectual property lawyers represent clients on all types of intellectual property issues, handling both transactional issues and litigation relating to patents, trade secrets, copyrights, licensing issues, joint ventures and other intellectual property issues. Our Bay Area IP lawyers are experienced practitioners who have been nationally and internationally recognized in Legal 500, IAM and Global Counsel.
Consistently acclaimed in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 and other national publications, our litigators provide practical and cost-effective representation in civil and criminal matters. Our Bay Area litigation team has successfully represented a broad variety of companies and individuals in consumer class actions, antitrust and competition cases, securities, shareholder and M&A disputes, intellectual property cases, false claims (“whistleblower”) cases, white collar criminal matters and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. Our litigators include former Assistant United States Attorneys and other government lawyers who have substantial experience in civil and criminal trials, private arbitrations, and dealings with regulators and prosecutors. As part of Shearman & Sterling’s global office network, our litigators are adept at coordinating litigation services for companies facing multijurisdictional and cross-border civil and criminal matters.