Shearman & Sterling LLP at a Glance


  • “The collegiate culture”
  • “Generally a humane place to work”
  • “The dynamic work”


  • “The lack of latest (or even later) technology”
  • “Offices could be better”
  • “Long hours”

The Buzz

  • “International”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Pedantic lawyers”
  • “Has been”

About Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling is one of the world's premier law firms, serving the domestic and cross-border needs of an impressive roster of clients. With approximately 850 lawyers in 20 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, the firm has an enviable blend of prestige, prowess, and reach.

First-Rate Foundation

Almost 140 years ago, hotshot lawyers Thomas Shearman and John Sterling locked hands in partnership, combining two legendary reputations to lay down a law firm's foundation. Shearman & Sterling didn't waste any time establishing itself-soon after the firm's birth, it began forging relationships with Wall Street's most commanding companies and personalities: the firm's first client was Jay Gould, and Jim Fisk followed soon after. Citigroup and its predecessor banks have been clients of the firm since the late 19th century, and in the following years, the firm has represented the financial institution in many transactions, including its 1998 merger with Travelers Group to form the current entity, Citigroup. In 1956, Shearman took Ford Motors public. Skipping ahead a half-century or so, the firm notably represented the financial advisor to Pixar when the animation company was acquired by Disney in 2006. Known for its extensive domestic and global M&A practice, Shearman also has prominent litigation and arbitration practices and has worked on many significant matters, including its representation of the Yukos shareholders in their $100 billion compensation claim against Russia. Other well-regarded practices include antitrust, corporate governance, derivatives/structured products, executive compensation and employee benefits, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial restructuring and insolvency, investment funds, and project development and finance.

A Sterling Philanthropic Legacy

Many Yale students have benefited from John Sterling's success, whether they know it or not. When he died in 1918, Sterling left behind a sizable fortune, opting to bequeath the residual of his estate to his alma mater. That residual amounted to around $15 million-a stunningly large donation at the time-which was enough to fund construction of the law school, the Sterling Memorial Library, and the Hall of Graduate Studies, with petty cash left over for various other campus landmarks and programs (such as the prestigious Sterling Professorship).

Merging Continents

Shearman & Sterling's global reach-especially its prominence in Asia, India, and the Middle East-opens the door to considerable cross-border work for a who's who of international clients. The firm has a broad-based practice in the Middle East-its highly-successful Abu Dhabi office has been open since 1975. Shearman serves many of India's most globally-focused companies, advising on multi-billion dollar notes offerings (Reliance), IPOs (MakeMyTrip), and M&A deals (Tata Tea, Mittal Steel, and others). With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai, Shearman has had a hand in some of China's most significant international transactions, as well. In addition, the firm's global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice has over 30 years of experience conducting major anti-corruption investigations and litigation and designing numerous corporate compliance programs.

Shearman has also established itself in Central and South Americas. With a presence in Brazil since the 1930s, the firm has advised on some of the country's most significant financial transactions, including Petrobas's global equity offering in 2010-one of the largest offerings ever-and its US$7 billion global notes offering in 2012, the largest one-time debt offering ever by a Latin American issuer. Outside of Brazil, the firm is active in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama-the Panama Canal Authority called upon the firm to advise on the financing of the historic expansion of the Panama Canal.

The Sahara Calls

Wondering how far Shearman's international reach is? Keep looking. The firm's activity stretches all the way to Africa-Shearman represented Absa Capital and Barclays Capital in the then-largest ever leveraged financing in Africa. The firm also advised a consortium on the building of the Dorper wind farm on South Africa's Eastern Cape. The firm's pro bono work in Africa continues to be the centerpiece of its global efforts. Shearman has offered an externship in Tanzania at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 2000. Firm attorneys also dedicate pro bono hours to various African causes, ranging from human rights to assistance for children whose parents are dying from HIV/AIDS to microfinance.


April 2016
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina

Shearman & Sterling represented Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, and Santander as global coordinators and BBVA, Citi, and UBS as joint bookrunners on Argentina's US$16.5 billion historic bond offering, the largest-ever bond issuance by an emerging market country. The bond offering marks Argentina´s return to the capital markets after years of being shut out due to ongoing litigation related to its sovereign default in 2002.

December 2015
Double Dutch

Shearman & Sterling represented the underwriters on ABN AMRO's €3.8 billion IPO and listing of shares on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. This transaction represented a double superlative-the largest-ever Dutch privatization and the largest-ever Dutch IPO.

September 2015
Cable Colossus

Shearman & Sterling represented Altice, a multinational cable, fiber, telecommunications, contents, and media company, on its $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation-a combination that created the fourth-largest cable operator in the US market.

July 2015
International Financial Center

Shearman & Sterling advised Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates, including drafting ADGM's Financial Services and Markets Regulations and Financial Services Regulatory Authority Rules and the legislation governing matters such as companies, insolvency, interpretation, commercial licensing, arbitration, courts, employment, limited liability partnerships, real property, and strata title.

May 2015
Massive Mongolian Mine

Shearman & Sterling advised Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi, a Mongolian state-owned mining company, on its $5.4 billion project financing of the Oyu Tolgoi mine, which is expected to account for approximately 40% of Mongolia's GDP.

April 2015
Landmark Insider Trading Case

Shearman & Sterling secured a major victory for client Todd Newman, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rehear the government's case against Newman, effectively putting an end to this landmark insider trading case.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 848-4000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Senior Partner: Creighton Condon
  • Hiring Partners: Daniel Laguardia, John Nathanson, Linda Rappaport
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 850

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    9th year: $325,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    62 out of 62 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Anti-Corruption & Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    Antitrust & Competition
    Appellate Litigation
    Capital Markets
    Corporate Governance
    Criminal Law, Regulation & Enforcement
    Derivatives & Structured Products
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory
    Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade & Government Relations
    Investment Funds
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Client
    Project Development & Finance
    Public International Law
    Real Estate
    State Controlled Companies & Sovereign Wealth Funds
    Structured Finance

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
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