Bambino, Laurence M.

Laurence M. Bambino


Laurence M. Bambino is a former co-head of the firm’s Global Tax Group and practices in a variety of areas of tax law, with emphasis on the tax treatment (domestic and international) of corporate restructurings, spin-offs, dispositions and acquisitions and transactions involving cross-border tax planning and tax rulings. In advising on spin-offs, mergers and similar transactions, he has worked in recent years with a variety of U.S. corporations, such as Corning, Deere, Dow Chemical, Liberty Global, Quest Diagnostics and SunGard and with various financial institutions, such as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley. He has advised on transactions involving acquisitions, dispositions, privatizations and restructurings by European companies, such as Cadbury, Danone, Deutsche Bahn, LaFarge, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Vivendi. Mr. Bambino joined Shearman & Sterling in September 1982, became a partner in January 1991, and has spent his entire legal career with the Tax Group. Mr. Bambino is recognized in Legal 500, Chambers, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2013, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014 and the Tax Director’s Handbook 2013, as well as online at www.WhosWhoLegal.com. Most recently, Mr. Bambino has been named “MVP of the Year” for Tax by Law360 in 2013.

Selected Experience

  • Liberty Global in its $23 billion acquisition of Virgin Media through a new U.K. holding company
  • SunGard Data Systems in the $1.8 billion split stock and asset sale of its Higher Education businesses to affiliates of Hellman & Freidman
  • Synthes in its $20 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1990
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1982, magna cum laude
    • Editor, Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Columbia College, B.A., 1978
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