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Industrial companies are being reshaped by advances in manufacturing technologies, geopolitical shifts and global supply chain transformations. Our Industrials Group brings a practical, creative and multidisciplinary approach to examining business and legal challenges affecting industrial and manufacturing companies from all corners of the globe. Our industrial clients, ranging from global conglomerates to specialty manufacturers, rely on our broad team of lawyers’ multinational and interdisciplinary mindsets coupled with segment specific experience, as they face global operational threats, distribution disruptions, employment concerns and data privacy risks from the adoption of new technologies. We partner with our clients on their most crucial issues and strategic goals, whether managing a merger or acquisition, financing a project, navigating environmental laws or expanding into new markets.

Our group focuses on the areas of aerospace & defense, automotive and chemicals, as well as diversified manufacturing, heavy equipment, packaging, paper and pulp, construction materials, textiles and food and beverage.

Aerospace & Defense 

As global demand for defense and aerospace products and new technologies increases, aerospace suppliers and defense contractors face an increasingly complex, and often contradictory, regulatory environment, diverse economic conditions in the markets in which they operate, global supply chain risks, and the need for privacy security and intellectual property protection. With decades of experience, we help our aerospace and defense clients successfully manage these market and regulatory challenges.


The automotive industry is being revolutionized by the development of autonomous vehicles and innovations in smart mobility, electrification, artificial intelligence and battery technology. Shearman & Sterling is a trusted advisor to automakers vying for technological leadership and enhancing the consumer experience. Whether ensuring continued compliance with the regulatory environment and new trade policies, or transforming businesses through acquisitions and protecting intellectual property, we are partners to auto companies, suppliers and other original equipment manufacturers (OEM) investing in the future of driving.


We understand the key operational, strategic and commercial aspects of the chemical business and have deep experience in both legal and technical issues, whether dealing with foreign regulations involving project development and financing, complying with strict quality-control requirements or investing in new products. With our multifaceted capabilities across the globe, we understand our clients' concerns and help guide them through business solutions.