Corporate Governance

Counseling senior management and boards of directors to achieve their business objectives within the framework of best practices for investor protection is the forte of Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate Governance practice.

The firm’s corporate governance attorneys include former SEC directors and senior staff members, attorneys who have served as federal prosecutors and who have held supervisory positions within the U.S. Department of Justice, and former leaders of other regulatory agencies, as well as a cadre of experienced business lawyers from multiple disciplines and jurisdictions.

Our attorneys counsel clients on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, board and committee membership matters, executive and director compensation, conflicts of interest and audit committee responsibilities and requirements, stock exchange rules in the U.S. and Europe and U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines, codes of conduct and business ethics, internal controls, risk assessment, compliance matters, investigations and disclosures. We often advise clients which are subject to multiple corporate governance rules (e.g. those made under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the corresponding European rules) on developing compliance programs that meet the requirements of all the rules to which they are subject.


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