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Shearman & Sterling LLP is a limited liability partnership under the laws of the State of Delaware. The personal liability of our partners is limited to the extent provided in such laws.
Under the laws of Delaware, an obligation of the Firm incurred while the Firm is a limited liability partnership, whether arising in contract, tort, or otherwise, is solely the obligation of the Firm, and partners of the Firm are not personally liable, directly or indirectly, by way of indemnification, contribution, assessment or otherwise, for such obligation solely by reason of being or so acting as a partner.
Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP, the partnership through which the business of the Firm is undertaken in the United Kingdom, has also qualified as an LLP under the laws of the State of Delaware and the personal liability of its partners is also limited to the extent provided by such laws.
As used herein, "Shearman & Sterling" refers to Shearman & Sterling LLP, a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware.
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Shearman & Sterling is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships, and to addressing slavery and human trafficking in all its forms, including (without limitation) slavery1, servitude2 or forced labor3 (together “Slavery and Human Trafficking”).
This statement relates to Shearman & Sterling LLP and its affiliated entities, including Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP, a limited liability partnership organised under the laws of the State of Delaware for the practice of law in the United Kingdom and authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and Shearman & Sterling, a partnership organised under the Hong Kong Partnership Ordinance and registered with the Law Society of Hong Kong for the practice of law in Hong Kong (together “the Firm”, “us”, “our” or “we”). We practice in Italy in association with Studio Legale Associato Shearman & Sterling. We operate in association with the Law Firm of Dr Sultan Almasoud for the practice of law in Saudi Arabia.
In accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, this statement is made by Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP. It sets out the steps taken by the Firm in the financial year ending 31 December 2021 (the “Relevant Period”) to combat Slavery and Human Trafficking occurring in its business or supply chains.
 The status or condition of a person over whom all or any of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.
 An obligation to provide services, imposed by the use of coercion.
 Work that is extracted under the menace of any penalty and on a non-voluntary basis.
Organization structure and supply chains
The Firm is a global, full-service law firm headquartered in New York with offices in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Hong Kong, the UAE, Brazil, South Korea, Singapore and Canada. The Firm advises its clients in a broad range of specialisms, including Antitrust, Capital Markets, Finance, Funds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Project Development & Finance, Real Estate, Tax, Regulatory, Litigation and Arbitration.
As a legal professional services organization, the Firm is strictly regulated by the various professional regulatory bodies in the jurisdictions in which it operates. The Firm's lawyers are directly regulated by their relevant legal professional body or bar association.
Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP and its employees, together with those Firm lawyers (wherever based) who are admitted in England and Wales, are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (the SRA). The SRA Standards and Regulations 2019 include fundamental principles of ethical behaviour that all SRA regulated individuals and law firms must uphold. Other jurisdictions impose similar obligations that govern the Firm’s and its lawyer’s conduct.
The Firm invests heavily in supporting the wellbeing of its staff and complies with all applicable employment legislation, including those relating to pay. In the UK, the Firm pays its staff and suppliers an amount equal to at least the London Living Wage.
The Firm’s supply chains support its ability to run its offices and provide legal services to its clients – primarily, this consists of professional, business support, and goods and service providers. Such providers are either engaged on a global scale or are local to a particular jurisdiction.
A review of the key suppliers for Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP indicates the London Office's largest spend (including contractors) are on property, human resources, office facilities support and professional service providers. Other key suppliers provide training services, library and knowledge services, telecommunications and information technology.
Policies in relation to Slavery and Human trafficking
The Firm operates a number of internal policies to support its commitment to combatting the risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking within its business and its supply chains.
The Firm’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy sets out its commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships.
The Firm has robust employment and labour policies that support its dedication to fostering a safe and supportive working environment. These include policies on equality and non-discrimination, which demonstrate the Firm’s commitment to a fair, ethical, and inclusive workplace.
The Firm’s vendor management policy is designed to assist the Firm to assess and manage the risks associated with the use of vendors.
Other key policies relevant to the Firm’s approach in this area include the Firm’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy, Anti-Money Laundering Policy, and the London Regulatory Reporting Policy.
These policies are available via the Firm’s intranet. They are reviewed, and where necessary, updated, on an annual basis or in response to changing law, regulation or industry best practice.
Due Diligence Processes and Key Performance Indicators
The Firm places a high value on acting ethically and with integrity across all areas of its business and it calls for its suppliers to share these standards. The Firm expects those it does business with to comply with their own regulatory obligations within their business operations or supply chains, and it has adopted a number of procedures to reduce the risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking occurring within its own supply chains.
Training and awareness is a key tool to reduce the risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking.
In the Relevant Period, mandatory annual Slavery and Human Trafficking training was provided on a global basis to certain members of staff who were substantially involved in the procurement of goods and/or services on behalf of the Firm. This training equips relevant staff with an understanding of what Slavery and Human Trafficking involves and provides guidance on "red flag" indicators which may suggest the existence of Slavery and Human Trafficking. Excluding staff departures, all staff required to undertake the training did so within the Relevant Period.
The Firm has since conducted a review of this training, to ensure its ongoing effectiveness. In particular, the format in which this training is delivered will be enhanced, in order to improve its effectiveness and reach.
Key Progress and Priorities
Throughout the Relevant Period, the Firm has made significant progress in updating a number of policies and procedures which will, amongst other objectives, assist in reducing the Firm’s risk of exposure to Slavery and Human Trafficking. These projects will continue to be a focus for the Firm over the next year, where the outcomes are expected to form a key part of its Slavery and Human Trafficking program going forward.
Risk assessment and management
The Firm reviews its assessment of the risks of Slavery and Human Trafficking occurring within its business and supply chains on an annual basis.
As a professional services organization, the Firm considers the risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking existing within its business to be low.
The Firm’s key suppliers are professional, business support, goods and service providers who are engaged to support the running of the Firm to provide legal services to its clients. While the Firm recognizes that its material risk of exposure relates to its supply chain, it has not identified any cause for concern in this respect.
The Firm acknowledges the need for constant vigilance, where Slavery and Human Trafficking can exist in jurisdiction in which the Firm operates and from which it procures goods and services. It takes care to seriously consider any issues regarding non-compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those relating to Slavery and Human Trafficking in the unlikely event they arise.
Information pursuant to Article 7 of the Belgian Law of March 11, 2003
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Rue Guimard 9
1040 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 2 500 9800
F: +32 2 500 9801
VAT number: 406.931.466
The Belgian lawyers practicing in the Brussels office are admitted to practice under the professional title “advocaat/avocat”. They are members of the Brussels Bar, List A. The lawyers from other Member States or other foreign jurisdictions are members of, or are registered with, the Brussels Bar, List E or B, and are members of foreign Bars.
Each lawyer’s bar admission(s) can be found in his/her biography.
Members of the Brussels Bar (List A, B, or E) are subject to professional rules that are available at www.baliebrussel.be or www.barreaudebruxelles.be. The profession of “advocaat/avocat” is regulated by Articles 428-508 of the Belgian Judicial Code, which is available at www.juridat.be.
Angaben gemäß § 5 des Telemediengesetzes (TMG) in der Fassung vom 26.2.2007 sowie nach § 2 Dienstleistungs-Informationspflichten-Verordnung (DL-InfoV) in der Fassung vom 12.3.2010:
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 2-4
D-60306 Frankfurt am Main
Kontakt: Dr. Thomas König
Zuständige Aufsichtsbehörden: Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
Berufsbezeichnungen / Berufsregeln:
Die gesetzliche Berufsbezeichnung "Rechtsanwalt" wurde in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland verliehen. Es gelten unter anderem die folgenden berufsrechtlichen Regelungen:
Information pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree No. 70 of
9 April 2003.
Shearman & Sterling LLP practices in Italy in association with Studio Legale Associato Shearman & Sterling. Partners in the Rome and Milan Offices are partners in Studio Legale Associato in Associazione con Shearman & Sterling.
The firm’s offices in Italy are at:
Via Borgognona 47
00187 Roma, Italy
T: +39 06 697 679 1
F: +39 06 697 679 300
Corso Venezia 16
20121 Milano, Italy
T: +39 02 0064 1500
F: +39 02 0064 1555
Shearman & Sterling LLP operates in association with The Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud for the practice of law in Saudi Arabia. Partners in the Riyadh Offices are partners in The Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud.
The firm’s offices in Riyadh are at:
The Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud
Office Unit 10, Floor 3,
Bldg. WH01-04, Al Raidah, Digital City, Al-Nakheel
P.O. Box 90217, Riyadh 11613
Information pursuant to Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.
In the UK, the business of the firm is undertaken through Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP, a partnership qualified as an LLP under the laws of the State of Delaware. Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP is a multi-national partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the SRA) (Firm SRA number 211340). A list of partners of Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP is available for inspection at its London office at:
9 Appold Street
London EC2A 2AP
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7655 5000
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7655 5500
VAT No: GB 244 2549 66
The lawyers practising in Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP who are qualified to practice in England and Wales are Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and members of the Law Society of England and Wales. Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP also includes lawyers from other jurisdictions who are registered with the SRA as European or foreign lawyers and who are also subject to regulation in their place of admission. Further information on our lawyers and their qualifications can be found at People. Information on the regulations of the SRA can be found in the SRA Code of Conduct on its site at http://www.sra.org.uk/.
We are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority but we are able, in certain circumstances, to offer a limited range of services which would fall to be regulated under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended), but for certain exclusions applicable to professional services firms.
We hold professional indemnity insurance arranged through AON Risk Solutions, The Aon Centre, The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4AN, which covers the professional services provided by Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP worldwide.
Client Complaints Procedure
We intend to provide our clients with a professional and high-quality service. Any client who is not happy with the service they have received from us is entitled to complain. We will investigate all complaints promptly and fairly and will try to resolve any concerns you raise using our complaints handling procedures.
If you have any concerns about our work or the service we have provided to you, you should contact your relationship partner or the partner responsible for your matter in the first instance. If you do not consider that approach to be appropriate, or you are dissatisfied with the response you have received, you may contact the firm’s Director of Risk, Nicola Liddle-Peters, who is based in our London office. You can do this by writing to her at our London office address, or by emailing to Nicola.Liddle-Peters@Shearman.com.
If you feel that we have not satisfactorily resolved your concerns and you remain dissatisfied with any element of our work or service you may contact the Legal Ombudsman:
Postal address: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
Telephone: 0300 555 0333 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The Legal Ombudsman will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case. Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
You can find more information at legalombudsman.org.uk.
You may also raise any concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If you wish to make a complaint about your bill, you may apply to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors’ Act 1974. If all or part of a bill remains unpaid, we may be entitled to charge interest.
If you are not a client, but you have a complaint in relation to our work or the services we provide, please raise your concern with the firm’s Director of Risk, Nicola Liddle-Peters. You can do this by writing to her at our London office address, or by emailing to Nicola.Liddle-Peters@Shearman.com.
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The federal Transparency in Coverage Rule requires non-grandfathered group health plans to disclose on a public website information regarding: (1) the in-network provider rates for covered items and services, and (2) the historical out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered items and services, in two separate machine-readable files (MRFs). The files must, in part, also include plan option/coverage identifier information, billing codes to identify items and services for claims processing, and all applicable rates. They are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.
The MRFs for the non-grandfathered Cigna group health plans covered under the Shearman & Sterling LLP Welfare Benefits Plan can be found at: www.ticmrf.com/13-5514352.