San Francisco

535 Mission Street
25th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-2997
United States of America
T: +1 415 616 1100
F: +1 415 616 1199
Year Opened: 1979
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San Francisco

Shearman & Sterling’s Bay Area team offers clients a single point of contact for local, national and international legal services.  Since 1979, our San Francisco and Palo Alto offices have advised companies at all stages of operations, private equity firms, financial institutions and individuals on a full spectrum of legal and business issues.  Our lawyers are internationally recognized experts in mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, IP and technology licensing, tax, executive compensation, antitrust and competition matters and litigation.

Shearman & Sterling’s Bay Area corporate lawyers have unrivaled experience in handling transactions for clients.  Our mergers and acquisitions team is consistently ranked among the best in the world, and provides strategic advice and legal services for buyers, sellers, shareholders, investors and financial institutions in US and international transactions.  In addition to offering clients an unequaled knowledge of the markets and key players, we also provide sophisticated tax counseling for cross-border and domestic transactions.

Our capital markets lawyers focus on capital-raising transactions, including initial public offerings, public and private equity offerings, complex financings and equity-linked debt.  We have broad experience advising companies, boards and their committees on corporate governance and regulatory issues.  Our capital markets practice offers full service capabilities under US, UK, German, French and Hong Kong law, as well as deep experience in Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American jurisdictions.

Shearman & Sterling’s Bay Area offices advise clients on the full spectrum of intellectual property issues and provide legal services for transactional and litigation matters relating to patents, trade secrets, copyrights, licensing issues, joint ventures and IP issues arising in the M&A and capital markets contexts.

Consistently recognized in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 and other national rankings, our litigators provide practical and cost-effective representation in civil and criminal matters. Our Bay Area litigation team has successfully represented a broad variety of companies and individuals in consumer class actions, antitrust and competition cases, securities, shareholder and M&A disputes, intellectual property cases, false claims (“whistleblower”) cases, white collar criminal matters and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. Our litigators include former Assistant United States Attorneys and other government lawyers, and have substantial experience in civil and criminal trials, private arbitrations, and dealings with regulators and prosecutors.  As part of Shearman & Sterling’s global office network, our litigators are adept at coordinating litigation services for companies facing multi-jurisdictional and cross-border civil and criminal matters.