For nearly a century, Sullivan & Cromwell has innovated securities law. With a depth of experience that stretches back to the preparation of the first major registration statement under the Securities Act, Sullivan & Cromwell's role in the development of global capital markets is unmatched.

Our lawyers were instrumental in the drafting and development of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Company Act of 1940. S&C has also played a key role in developing modern capital markets in many countries, including in Europe and in Asia and being at the forefront of the privatization wave of the 1990s.

Full Scope of Service

We are a market leader, familiar with market trends, market practice and regulatory developments. Our clients can choose from among the best known firms in the world, but our clients tell us they hire S&C instead of other firms because:

Creative Problem-Solving: We bring creative problem-solving to the most complex issues arising in transactions. Because of our close teams and collaborative culture, we bring the expertise of the entire Firm to accomplish our clients' commercial and strategic objectives.

Close Team: Nearly all S&C partners have been with the Firm and have worked closely with each other since the start of their careers.

Recognized Expertise: Led by over 40 partners worldwide, our Capital Markets group offers a deep bench of top lawyers in the field with access to the full range of the Firm's expertise.

Integrated Firm: Through our 13 offices on four continents, we act as one firm on a global scale taking an integrated approach to all client matters worldwide.

Authoritative Source: S&C partners Robert E. Buckholz and Marc R. Trevino and of counsel Glen T. Schleyer author The Public Company Deskbook: Compliance with Federal Governance & Disclosure Requirements as an authoritative reference source for legal practitioners and business professionals. The book, described by Fortune Magazine as “the bible for securities lawyers,” provides guidance on how rules under Sarbanes-Oxley and more recent legislative and regulatory reform initiatives affect disclosure requirements, governance (including board of directors, audit and other board committees, shareholder relations, and equity compensation) and auditor independence.

Expertise Tailored for Each Phase of a Transaction

We bring a depth of experience and understanding of the client's objectives to develop key strategies at each phase of a transaction, including:
  • pre-IPO structuring & tax advice;
  • due diligence;
  • financial information;
  • corporate governance;
  • executive compensation;
  • prospectus;
  • publicity;
  • research;
  • marketing;
  • offer structure & execution;
  • listing; and
  • ongoing disclosure & reporting requirements.