The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Shearman & Sterling LLP

401 9TH STREET, NW, SUITE 800, WASHINGTON, DC 20004-2128, USA
Work +1 202 508 8000
Fax +1 202 508 8100

Michael Shulman

Work +1 202 508 8075
Shearman & Sterling LLP




United States: Tax

Financial products

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael Shulman - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: Financial products

Shearman & Sterling LLP is a top choice for a range of major financial institutions, including Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, UBS and Barclays. The firm’s standing in the financial products arena is reflected in its role as counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). A major highlight in the past year was in the firm’s representation of the estate of Andrew J. McKelvey, the founder of, in which Washington DC-based partners Kristen Garry and Robert Rudnick led the client to a major victory at the Tax Court in a $41.3m dispute concerning two variable prepaid forward contracts. On the capital markets side, team head Michael Shulman advised Viacom on two $650m fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debenture issuances. The up-and-coming Nathan Tasso was promoted to partner in January, 2018.

[back to top]

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s six tax partners devote most of their time to advising on international M&A and private equity transactions as well as financing matters. Ethan Harris in Washington DC advised General Electric on the $32bn merger of its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes and advised on the stock-for-stock exchange acquisition of client Straight Path Communications by Verizon for $3.1bn. New York-based Michael Shulman, who leads the tax department with Menlo Park-based Laurence Crouch, advised Viacom on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s offer to acquire its membership interests in EPIX. Laurence Bambino in New York assisted American Axle & Manufacturing with the $1.6bn acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to