Industrials and manufacturing

A&O Shearman’s industrials team advises market leaders in automotive, aerospace, defense, and chemicals, as well as manufacturers of heavy equipment, packaging, paper and pulp, construction materials, textiles, and food and beverage products. 

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We provide sophisticated counsel on corporate governance, complex commercial transactions, M&A, financing and capital markets deals.

Our teams also advise on foreign direct investment and CFIUS, sanctions, trade, and export controls, white collar defense and investigations, business and human rights, and major cross-border litigation, as well as data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property matters.

In addition our public international law group helps our clients interface with public law entities, navigate government regulatory regimes, and handle high-stakes investor-state arbitrations. 

Seamless cross-border advice 

We act for leading vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, helping them chart a path through the rapidly changing automotive landscape and pursue technological leadership in areas including electrification and automated driving.  

Our lawyers are trusted advisors to major aerospace and defense contractors, who face an increasingly complex – and often contradictory – regulatory environment as well as significant global supply chain risks.  

In the chemicals space we support chemicals manufacturers and downstream users on everything from environmental issues to product liability. We help them deal with the regulations that govern the sector globally, including Europe's REACH regime, the most comprehensive chemicals framework in the world.  

Our global industrials group operates seamlessly across borders, leveraging the expertise of lawyers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. We provide strategic counsel to both established players and new entrants, helping them achieve their business objectives. 

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Our lawyers act as trusted advisors to the leading industry players across the world. Explore their capabilities below.

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