Shearman & Sterling has long been a recognized leader in the area of taxation, with tax lawyers in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. We advise on complex matters, represent clients in tax controversies and play an integral role in our global practice. Our key areas of practice include:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Spin-offs, restructurings and reorganizations
  • Structured finance and securitizations
  • Hedge fund and private equity fund transactions, including management or shareholder take-private transactions
  • Equity and debt issuances of all kinds including equity-linked, hybrid and other debt securities
  • Financial products and derivatives
  • Bankruptcy workouts and insolvency restructurings
  • Tax controversy and litigation
  • Partnerships and other joint venture arrangements including hedge fund and private equity fund formation
  • Debt-equity swaps, recapitalizations and distressed loan transactions
  • Real estate funds, REITs and other real estate transactions

Featured Matters

  • Liberty Global | in its $23 billion acquisition of Virgin Media through a new U.K. holding company
  • AmeriGas Partners, L.P. | in its acquisition of the propane operations of Energy Transfer Partners L.P.
  • ArcelorMittal | in the sale of Skyline Steel LLC to Nucor Corporation.
  • Ford Motor Company | in a case involving whether bonuses paid to UAW members to secure ratification of a collective bargaining agreement are “wages” for FICA and FUTA withholding purposes. This is the lead case for the domestic auto makers and includes claims for UAW members as well as Ford.

Key Contact(s)

Connect With Us