Joseph C. Shenker

Chair at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Joseph C. Shenker

Joseph C. Shenker

Chair at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Biography

At the end of 2012, The Financial Times stated that Joseph C. Shenker is “one of the rare lawyers who can turn his hand to many legal disciplines.” This observation highlights Mr. Shenker’s practice that includes experience in negotiated mergers and acquisitions (public and private); domestic and cross-border joint ventures; the representation of private equity investors and family investment offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia; securities offerings; private and public financings; commercial real estate; professional sports-related transactions; and tax and estate planning.

A personal adviser to dozens of the world’s most active and influential business leaders and families, he has counseled clients on significant transactional matters across a number of practice areas and industry sectors.

Mr. Shenker joined S&C in 1980, became a partner of the Firm in 1986, led the Firm’s global commercial real estate practice for over 20 years, has been a member of the Firm’s Management Committee since 1996, was named vice chairman of the Firm in 2006, and became Chair of the Firm on January 1, 2010.

Among his pro bono and community activities, Mr. Shenker is a member of the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Mr. Shenker has been recognized in numerous publications, including Chambers, Euromoney, Mondaq, New York Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

Recognitions

* Recognized as a 2018 Distinguished Leader by New York Law Journal (June 2018)
* Named one of the “Top Ten Agents of Change” by The Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2012 report (November 2012)
* Recognized as “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily for his representation of the seller—Frank McCourt—in the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management (April 1, 2012)
* Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Commercial Real Estate, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; REITS, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Securities, 2010)
* Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (REITs, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; Commercial Real Estate, 2002, 2003)
* “‘You cannot talk about Sullivan & Cromwell without mentioning Joe Shenker,’ declare clients. Recognized mainly for his work for Goldman Sachs and Whitehall, he enjoys a broad practice covering M&A, cross-border joint ventures and securities.”
* The Legal 500 United States (Commercial Real Estate, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Hall of Fame, 2017, 2018)
* New York Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
* Best Lawyers 2012 New York City Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
* Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: Best of the Best (Commercial Real Estate, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
* PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (Commercial Real Estate, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
* PLC Cross-border Corporate Real Estate Handbook (2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013)
* The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
* The International Who’s Who of Sports and Entertainment Lawyers (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
* The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Real Estate, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Mergers, 2005)
* Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (Mergers, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Governance, Bankruptcy, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Banking and Finance, 2006)

Overview
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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

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1474

Primary Location

New York

Number of Boards

6

Number of Awards

22

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Joseph C. Shenker
Chair at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1980

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BS in Accounting
Class of 1977

Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Established in 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, the College had its beginnings as the Downtown Brooklyn branches of Hunter College (then a women's college) and the City College of New York (then a men's college). With the merger of these branches, Brooklyn College became the first public coeducational liberal arts college in New York City. The 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus is known for its great beauty, and is often regarded as "the poor man's Harvard" because of its low tuition and reputation for academic excellence (former President, Robert Hess, responded to the moniker by saying "I like to think of Harvard as the rich man's Brooklyn College").

Career History
Chair
1980 - Current

Sullivan & Cromwell provides legal advisory services to financial, healthcare, insurance, real estate, energy, other sectors.

Co Chairman
Prior

METROPOLITAN NY COORDINATING COUNCIL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH SERVES AS A PRIMARY ADVOCATE FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE NEEDS OF THE POOR, NEAR-POOR, WORKING POOR, ELDERLY AND RECENTLY ARRIVING IMMIGRANTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA. THE ENTITY IS DEDICATED TO THE ALLEVIATION OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND HOUSING PROBLEMS.

Boards & Committees
Member, Management Committee
1996 - Current

Sullivan & Cromwell provides legal advisory services to financial, healthcare, insurance, real estate, energy, other sectors.

Board Member
Prior

Canary Wharf Group Plc. provides real estate development services. It develops, constructs, manages and leases office and retail space in east London. The firm deals with the construction of buildings and retail & banqueting centers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Member of the Steering Committee, Board of Visitors
Current

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

Member, Board of Trustees
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health care system providing exceptional medical care to our local and global communities. Encompassing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint, Mount Sinai is acclaimed internationally for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties. The Mount Sinai Health System was created from the combination of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, which both agreed unanimously to combine the two entities in July 2013.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$100K +
2013

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Political Donations
$2,700
2016

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$2,700
2015

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$1,000
2011

Senator from Texas

Transactions
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Brookfield Property Partners LP purchases GGP, Inc.

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Clipper Realty, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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Guggenheim Baseball Management LP purchases Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. from Major League Baseball Blue, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
2012
The AmLaw Daily - Dealmaker of the Week
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