John A. Marzulli, Jr.

John Marzulli, a member of Shearman & Sterling’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, focuses his practice on international corporate finance with an emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, defensive assignments, privately negotiated acquisitions and divestitures of stock and assets, joint ventures and on related corporate governance matters. His clients include financial institutions, strategic/corporates, private equity sponsors and their financial advisors. He is a past Chairman of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Contests for Corporate Control. In 2009 Mr. Marzulli was named by The Lawyer as one of 25 “Transatlantic Elite”. He has ranked for New York: Corporate M&A by Chambers USA 2011-2013, Chambers Global 2012-2013, IFLR1000 2011-2012, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal (Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance). Mr. Marzulli joined the firm in 1980 following a federal district court clerkship and became a partner in 1988. From 1990 to 1996, he was based in London as head of the firm’s U.K. M&A practice.

Selected Experience

  • General Electric Company on the combination of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes, Inc. to create a $32 billion oilfield technology provider.
  • GE Capital in the sale of its GE Asset Management business to State Street, in the $2.5 billion sale of a portfolio US, Canadian, Mexican and Brazilian aircraft leases and related aircraft and aircraft loans to Global Jet Capital, its attempted acquisition of Honeywell International, and its acquisitions of Harmon Industries Inc., Greenwich Air Services, UNC as well as the divestiture of its Global eXchange Services business to a private equity consortium
  • Taikang Insurance Group on the establishment of a joint venture with New York-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. 
  • Legg Mason in the acquisition of a controlling stake in real estate investment firm Clarion Partners, and in its acquisition of Citigroup’s worldwide asset management business 
  • Albemarle Corporation in the $3.2 billion sale of its Chemetall Surface Treatment Business to BASF, and in its $6.2 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, Inc.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1978, Order of the Coif
  • Middlebury College, B.A., 1975, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


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