Transactions Group
Business Transactions
Bankruptcy & Restructurings
Real Estate
Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group

SML LLP is a select boutique law firm of highly regarded and experienced attorneys who achieve strong results for our clients. Our typical partner and senior counsel has more than 20 years of experience as both an attorney in private practice and a successful senior executive, entrepreneur or investment banker.

Our lawyers have exceptionally strong experience in many disciplines and industries. Disciplines include, among others, business formation and transactions, securities, finance, bankruptcy, litigation, intellectual property and real estate. Industries include, among others, entertainment, media, fashion, financial, manufacturing, technology, energy and real estate.

We are particularly proud of the fact that even our most senior transactions lawyers also litigate and most have tried cases, resulting in recoveries for their clients.

A description of the Firm's main practice areas and expertise follows:


Greatly benefiting from its lawyers’ breadth of experience as executives, investment bankers and entrepreneurs, the Firm's Transaction Group provides all manner of business related legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, alternative investment transactions, emerging company/venture capital issues and general company representation. Tax advice is provided through the Firm’s special relationship with a leading international accounting firm.

The Firm's attorneys help clients resolve a wide range of financial, management and competitive challenges as to the choice, capitalization and management structure of entities, shareholder matters, financing, the licensing of technology, and executive compensation issues. The Firm also represents issuers and investors in all stages of the capital raising process. Attorneys in the Transactions Group have extensive experience in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. In addition, the Firm represents foreign and domestic clients in the acquisition and disposition of businesses.

The Transactions Group includes the Corporate Transactions Department, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Department and Real Estate Department.

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With unusual strength as a result of its lawyers’ previous studio experience, including as chief operating officer of major studio MGM/UA, the first general counsel of Warner Bros.’ online and videogame divisions and producers and executive producers of hundreds of hours of film and television, the Firm’s Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group provides sophisticated business affairs and legal services in all aspects of feature film, television, music and new media, as well as related matters such as fashion/apparel, branding, merchandising, broadcast, Internet, advertising and intellectual property. The Firm’s entertainment and intellectual property practice is international in scope with clients and matters in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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The Firm's litigation experience runs the gamut from the most sophisticated securities and breach of fiduciary duty cases, to mass joinder cases and foreclosure actions. Even its transaction lawyers and advisors have extensive trial experience. The Firm associates in experienced dedicated litigators when necessary to advance its clients' interests.


The Firm primarily represents creditors, including creditors’ committees, and investors, although the Firm’s lawyers have also represented debtors and trustees. We fashion innovative, yet practical, solutions to troubled credits and businesses, before and after filing bankruptcy. The Firm’s lawyers have represented the parties involved in bankruptcy proceedings to acquire valuable assets out of bankruptcy and have fashioned creative remedies and solutions for both creditors and debtors.

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The Firm’s Real Estate Department areas of practice include real estate acquisitions and dispositions, secured lending, including restructuring and workouts, construction, architecture and related development matters, leasing and hospitality. The Real Estate Department works within the Transactions Group to structure each transaction to achieve client goals.

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