Shearman & Sterling’s longstanding financial regulatory practice serves our clients’ retail and institutional businesses in the U.S., U.K., EU and globally. This focus on regulatory activity across geographies and the excellence of our U.S., U.K. and European practices make us the international counsel of choice for clients with difficult regulatory challenges in their home jurisdictions that are also seeking to meet global best practices. Backed by clear technical advice and strong relationships with regulators, we advise clients on the laws and regulations of the world’s key financial and commercial centers.

Leveraging our deep regulatory knowledge and global capabilities, we help clients cultivate relationships with regulators, deliver innovative solutions to increasingly complex regulatory issues, as well as make the most of opportunities presented by regulatory reform initiatives and market developments. Our clients include domestic and global banks, large financial institutions, bank holding companies, broker-dealers, investment firms, insurance and reinsurance companies, exchanges, SEFs/MTFs, clearing and settlement providers, and payment service providers.

With a global presence matching that of many of our clients, our multi-jurisdictional practice allows us to provide seamless coverage. We work on international and complex cross-border, first-in-kind regulatory and compliance matters and transactions, and our clients value our insights on how local initiatives fit into the global regulatory architecture.

Our practice covers a wide range of financial regulatory reforms, day-to-day regulatory/compliance issues, transactional structures, trading and markets issues, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. We have extensive experience advising on bank regulation, bank insolvency, recovery and resolution planning and corporate governance, bank capital markets transactions, including Dodd-Frank implementation, related rulemaking (such as the Volcker Rule) and corresponding EU legislation (such as EMIR, MiFID II and CRD IV) and international initiatives.

With vast experience advising clients on the full range of regulatory, transactional, trading and markets issues, we are particularly focused on the regulation of securities broker-dealers, alternative trading systems, CCPs, clearing houses and exchanges. In addition, our lawyers are at the forefront of issues related to Brexit and the changing regulatory landscape in the U.S., keeping our clients informed of these important developments.

Several lawyers in the group have previously held prominent positions in key regulatory authorities worldwide, including the U.K.’s FSA (now the FCA and PRA), the SEC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and various European and Asian regulatory agencies.