Sidley’s New York office, with more than 340 lawyers, is one of New York City's largest law offices. Located in the heart of the world’s financial center, this office has served the global financial community with innovative legal solutions for over 90 years.
The largest portion of the firm's capital markets practice is based in New York and has been recognized worldwide in the areas of securitization, structured finance, debt and equity offerings and derivatives. In addition, our New York lawyers have broad experience in other corporate and related areas, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and commercial finance, investment funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and other pooled investment entities, insurance, securities regulatory and enforcement, broker dealer regulation, bankruptcy and restructuring, commodities, real estate and REITs, intellectual property, project finance and tax. Other practices include art law, trusts and estates, environmental and life sciences. Our New York office also features a strong international practice, representing domestic and global clients in cross-border transactions involving the EU, China, Japan, India, Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific. Our public finance practice is a national leader in financings for state and local governments and authorities.
Sidley has a substantial litigation practice in New York, with approximately 80 lawyers focused on all aspects of civil litigation, arbitrations and investigations. Our New York office has also handled some of the most significant securities litigation and SEC enforcement matters of the past several years, representing companies, financial services firms, professionals and individuals in high stake cases. Our litigation experience is strong in areas of particular concern to the financial community, including accountants liability, antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, consumer class actions, employee benefits, employment and labor, foreign corrupt practices, insurance, intellectual property, internal investigations, lender liability, white collar criminal defense and other complex matters. Moreover, our IP litigation lawyers routinely represent major pharmaceutical companies in a full range of litigation in the fields of patents, trade secret and unfair competition, false advertising, copyright and theft of idea and trademark litigation.
Many of our lawyers bring a wealth of experience from prior government service and leadership in key industry and professional associations. New York lawyers currently serve or have served in senior positions with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the NASD and as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and serve on important committees, such as the Legal Advisory Committee for the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange and the Securities Advisory Committee for the Ontario Securities Commission.
Sidley prides itself on its strong commitment to pro bono representation and involvement in the community. Through an innovative extern program, our New York office provides support to inMotion, Inc., a highly regarded not-for-profit group providing free legal services, primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law, to low-income, underserved and abused women in the New York metropolitan area. Sidley has been a proud previous recipient of the organization’s “Commitment to Justice Award” for the firm’s commitment to the ideal of access to justice for all individuals.
Reflecting the unique diversity of New York and its status as a world city, many lawyers in our New York office are highly proficient in other languages, including Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), Croation, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbo-Croation, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukranian and Yoruba.
Sidley actively supports, and encourages our personnel to actively support, the community and cultural life of New York City. Thus, Sidley professionals devote substantial time to such important New York organizations and institutions as New York Cares, inMotion, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.