Sullivan & Cromwell

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Firm Overview:

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. The firm’s record of success and unparalleled client service has set it apart for more than 130 years and made the firm a model for the modern practice of law. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and geographic markets. The firm advises a diverse range of clients on major domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, high-stakes litigation and corporate investigations and complex regulatory, tax and estate planning matters. S&C comprises approximately 875 lawyers who conduct a seamless, global practice through a network of 13 offices located in key financial centres in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Co-Chairs: Robert J. Giuffra Jr. and Scott D. Miller

Senior Chairs: H. Rodgin Cohen and Joseph C. Shenker

Number of partners worldwide: 175

Total number of lawyers worldwide: Approximately 875

International Offices: Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo

Office Overviews:

Los Angeles office:

Opened in 1984 as the Firm’s first West Coast office, Sullivan & Cromwell’s Los Angeles office is now more than 30 years old and an established presence in the California legal community. Today, the office houses approximately 40 corporate and litigation lawyers who carry out the sophisticated transactional, litigation, securities and financial services practices for which S&C is well-known.

The Los Angeles office is home to one of the pre-eminent merger-and-acquisition practices on the West Coast and boasts widely acknowledged expertise in the bank regulatory, leveraged finance and capital markets areas. The Firm’s litigators are known for their skill and judgment in handling bet-the-company and other complex business and securities litigations and investigations, including antitrust and intellectual property disputes.

The Los Angeles office operates in close coordination with its sister office in Palo Alto, giving S&C a nucleus of approximately 60 lawyers headquartered in California with the expertise and capability to handle the array of complex situations and challenges that face the Firm’s clients.A unique business environment thrives in Silicon Valley. At the same time, technology companies stand at an inflection point, facing the potential for increased government regulation of Big Tech and emerging technologies, growing cybersecurity and data privacy concerns, and constant pressure from new disruptors.

Palo Alto office:

Since Sullivan & Cromwell opened its Palo Alto office in 2000, we have integrated our leading worldwide practices in M&AAntitrustIntellectual PropertyCapital MarketsLitigationCorporate GovernanceTaxFintechCybersecurity and Criminal Defense & Investigations into our work for clients here. Across decades we have advised on some of the most prominent transactions and litigation in the worlds of Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

We view ourselves first and foremost as business lawyers, assembling multi-disciplinary teams to help each client reach their strategic objectives. We work with our clients to find new ways to keep ahead of rapid developments and to navigate their businesses smoothly through continued change.

Key Contacts


Robert A. Sacks
[email protected]
+1 310 712 6640


Sarah P. Payne
[email protected]
+1 650 461 5669

Firm Rankings

Capital Markets
Band 1


Commercial Litigation
Band 3


Band 1


IP: Patents: Transactions
Band 2


Band 3


Private Equity
Band 2


Securities: Litigation
Band 3



A Leg to Stand on — Key Takeaways for Bondholders Seeking Direct Action…

A Leg to Stand on — Key Takeaways for Bondholders Seeking Direct Action Following the Cayman Grand Court Decision in Shinsun Holdings SUMMARY In the recent decision of Re Shinsun Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd. FSD 192 of 2022 (DDJ) (21 April 2023) (unreported), the ultimate beneficial owner of bonds held through Euroclear failed to evidence […]

State-level ESG law making continues in the U.S.

In recent months, Florida and several other states enacted or proposed “anti-ESG” laws or policies, including those that are intended to restrict state funds from considering ESG factors in their investment decisions and/or to deter companies from “boycotting” on the basis of ESG factors. On the other hand, states such as California and New York […]

FDIC and OCC Issue Guidance Relating to Certain Overdraft Practices

On April 26, 2023, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) simultaneously issued new guidance to banks concerning Authorize Positive, Settle Negative (“APSN”) transactions and related overdraft and other fees. Many banks historically have assessed APSN overdraft fees when a transaction was authorized against […]

States continue to enact laws focused on ESG

On May 2, Florida enacted a wide-ranging “anti-ESG” law, which will become effective on July 1. Among other requirements, the law requires that all investment decisions regarding Florida state money be based “solely on pecuniary factors”, and prohibits state and local governments from issuing ESG bonds or considering ESG in their procurement and contracting process. In […]

OCC Policies and Procedures Manual for Bank Enforcement Actions

Revisions Focus on Banks That Exhibit “Persistent Weaknesses” and Further Remarks Addressing the “Too Big to Manage” Problem On May 25, the OCC issued a revised version of its policies and procedures regarding bank enforcement actions. The revisions, which are found in a new Appendix C, address the OCC’s consideration of supervisory and enforcement actions […]

OECD Modernisation of the Arrangement on Export Credits

On March 31, 2023, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the “OECD”) announced that a landmark modernisation package reforming the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits (the “Arrangement”) had been agreed in principle by the participating countries. The Arrangement is self-described as a “gentlemen’s agreement” among its participants – Australia, Canada, the European Union, […]

Recent Developments in ESG matters of relevance to public and private companies globally

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NAIC Private Equity Initiative — Spring 2023 Developments

Spring 2023 Update on the NAIC Initiative Applicable (but Not Exclusive) to Private Equity Ownership of Insurers and Insurer Investment Practices In August 2022, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted a list of 13 regulatory considerations, constituting its action plan for addressing state insurance regulators’ concerns related to the increasing number of U.S. […]

New Updates to ESG Loan Principles: Key Takeaways for Borrowers and Lenders

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Civil Litigation Risks for Non-U.S. Companies Listed in the United States

David Rein and Eric Andrews Author Article on Civil Litigation Risks for Non-U.S. Companies Listed in the United States for Financier Worldwide David Rein, Deputy Managing Partner of S&C’s Litigation Group, and Eric Andrews, a litigation associate, authored an article for Financier Worldwide, “Key Litigation Risks and Mitigation Strategies for non-US Companies Listed in the US.” The […]

New German Law on ESG Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains

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Key ESG Considerations for U.S. Financial Institutions in 2023

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EU Adopts Expansive Corporate Sustainability Reporting Requirements

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Comments on M&A Outlook in 2023

Senior M&A Partner Frank Aquila spoke to Reuters about the outlook for M&A activity in 2023 given the market turndown in 2022. Frank said he expected an uptick in cross-border M&A activity. “It is likely that we are going to see significant M&A activity in the U.S. in 2023; not only U.S. companies making acquisitions, but also […]

Proposed Equity Market Structure Reforms

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Press Releases

Obtains Dismissal of U.S. Silver Price-Fixing Litigation

The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) prevailed in its motion for judgment on the pleadings seeking to dismiss a proposed class action brought by investors who accused BNS and other banks of conspiring to fix silver prices. On May 22, U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni of the Southern District of New York dismissed the […]

06 Jun 2023
Welcomes Leading Investment Management Lawyer Dalia Blass

Sullivan & Cromwell announced today that Dalia Blass, former Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management and more recently Global Head of External Affairs at BlackRock, will be joining the firm as partner, enhancing our investment management regulatory, compliance and enforcement capabilities.  As the former top regulator for asset management, […]

06 Jun 2023
Advises on Stripe’s $6.5 Billion Stock Private Placement

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02 May 2023
Advises Rakuten Bank on Largest Japanese IPO Since 2018

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02 May 2023
Obtains Delaware Chancery Win for Bayer

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02 May 2023
Advises Credit Suisse in Sale of Significant Portion of Securitized Products Group to Apollo Affiliates

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06 Apr 2023
Advises J.P. Morgan on Acquisition of Aumni

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06 Apr 2023
Rita O’Neill Discusses M&A Challenges and Diversity on Women Dealmakers Panel

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06 Apr 2023
Sullivan & Cromwell Obtains Complete Dismissal of Antitrust Class Actions Against BP

BP West Coast Products obtained the dismissal of two coordinated antitrust class actions seeking billions of dollars in damages based on alleged price fixing in the California gasoline market. Following the district court’s dismissal of the actions in September 2022, the Plaintiffs appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  […]

28 Feb 2023
Sullivan & Cromwell Advises OpenAI in Its Partnership with Microsoft

On January 23, OpenAI announced the third phase of its long-term partnership with Microsoft through a multi-year, multibillion-dollar investment by Microsoft to accelerate AI breakthroughs to ensure these benefits are broadly shared with the world. This agreement follows Microsoft’s previous investments in OpenAI and extends their ongoing collaboration across AI supercomputing and research and enables […]

28 Feb 2023
Sullivan & Cromwell Grows Asia-Pacific Credit Practice With Partner Chris Beatty’s Return to the Region

HONG KONG – Sullivan & Cromwell LLP announced today that Partner Chris Beatty has relocated to the Asia-Pacific market to bolster the firm’s finance, special situations and private credit practice in the region. Sullivan & Cromwell has maintained its practice in Asia-Pacific for nearly a century, providing U.S., Hong Kong and English law advice to international clients […]

03 Feb 2023

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