A&O Shearman has one of the strongest European practices of any law firm in the world.

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We have more than 400 partners across the U.K. and all the key EU member states, as well as dedicated teams covering markets including the Nordics, Austria, Portugal and south-eastern Europe.

This pan-European strength means our clients trust us to handle their biggest and most complex matters.

Deep experience in Europe’s complex legal landscape 

Understanding Europe is non-negotiable for multinational organizations. Global businesses require multidisciplinary advice informed by a deep understanding of EU regulation and enforcement, how these priorities interact with the laws, courts and authorities of EU member states, and sophisticated insight into the U.K.’s evolving rules and policies. 

A history of market firsts

We have more no. 1 rankings in the leading legal directories than almost any other firm, and a long-track record of developing innovative solutions on first-of-a-kind matters, from the first Eurobond issue in 1963 to the first euro blockchain bond in 2021. 

What sets us apart in the region

Extensive legal and industry expertise

Our lawyers provide top-tier advice in corporate and M&A, finance, capital markets, disputes, and advisory and regulatory matters, and have extensive experience of industries including financial services, life sciences and healthcare, industrials, technology, telecoms, private capital and energy.

Leading lawyers in all major markets

Our lawyers are leaders in their domestic markets and an even more powerful force when they combine across borders.

Sophisticated and nuanced advice

Whether their goal is to build, fund or defend, we explore every angle to help them establish the best course of action, blending business knowledge and technical expertise to deliver exceptional advice.  

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