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Private Banks & Private Wealth Management

Shearman & Sterling’s globally integrated, cross-practice private bank and private wealth management team advises on the full scope of wealth management business matters, ranging from forming, acquiring, integrating and building wealth management businesses and related product structuring to the day-to-day understanding and management of new legal developments, emerging regulations, real estate, executive compensation and tax issues, and investigation, examination, enforcement and litigation matters.

Our multidisciplinary international team includes lawyers based in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, China and Japan. Drawing on the resources of our global network, we advise private bank and wealth management clients on compliance with local and cross-border regulations and practices, as well as expansion into, and structuring businesses to serve, key jurisdictions.

Key Products and Scope of Advice: 

Investment and Product Structuring 
Regulatory
Real Estate
Tax
M&A
Investigations, Examinations and Enforcement
Private Wealth
Executive Compensation


Investment and Product Structuring

We customize investment products for high-net-worth and institutional clients, including private equity and hedge feeder funds, managed accounts and direct investment programs. We also assist in structuring and executing a variety of derivative and structured products. We evaluate investment structures from economic, tax, legal and regulatory perspectives, working to address the needs of diverse parties including tax-exempt entities, pension plans and individuals.We offer an unparalleled level of insight and experience to assist you in addressing your good faith compliance effort.

Regulatory

We advise public and private investment funds, advisers, broker-dealers and bank wealth managers on the regulations and practices of key jurisdictions in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as exchange and cross-border regulations. We reconcile complex regulatory, trust and tax regimes, and advise on issues covered by the US federal banking laws (including Anti-Money Laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act regulations), the UK Financial Services and Markets Act and European directives (including asset segregation, client money, mis-selling, conduct of business, consumer credit and terms of business issues).

Real Estate

We evaluate and implement real estate requirements and strategies, including in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, development and environmental, financings, funds, joint ventures and leasing.

Tax

We have in-depth knowledge of the tax issues associated with estate planning, private foundations, gift strategies, cross-border investments and developing tax-efficient investment and operating structures.

M&A

We regularly advise global financial institutions, asset managers and broker-dealers on proprietary M&A transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, outsourcing and spin-outs of private banking businesses.

Investigations, Examinations and Enforcement

We have significant experience advising private wealth management businesses on regulatory investigations and examinations as well as investigations, enforcement actions and litigation relating to Anti-Money Laundering, bank secrecy, tax and other fraud and corruption matters.

Private Wealth

We represent high-net-worth individuals, single and multiple family offices, private foundations and charitable organizations in matters relating to trust, tax, corporate and real estate law, fund reviews and litigation.

Executive Compensation

We represent executives in the negotiation of their employment, compensation and severance arrangements, including with regard to related tax planning, securities and disclosure matters, and are experienced in the design and implementation of compensation, deferred compensation and tax-efficient expense reimbursement arrangements for wealth management professionals.
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