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Richard J. Sandler

Mr. Sandler is a leader of the firm’s global capital markets and corporate governance practices. He regularly advises on all aspects of corporate governance and private securities offerings, including initial public offerings, high-yield debt securities, spinoffs, restructurings and exchange offers.

Mr. Sandler also has extensive experience in the financial institutions, payments and insurance industries. He recently advised on the $2.4 billion IPO of Ally Financial and the $2.8 billion IPO of Synchrony Financial, advised on VISA’s $19.1 billion IPO and Vantiv’s $575 million IPO and, in addition to having represented Aetna and PartnerRe for many years, acts as underwriters’ counsel on all public offerings by Genworth, Hartford and Travelers. Mr. Sandler has also regularly represented Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

He served in Davis Polk’s Paris office from 1982 to 1985.

He also serves on the board of directors of The Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides paid transitional work, housing, educational opportunities, counseling and career training to veterans and others with histories of homelessness and incarceration.


  • Recognized as a “BTI Client Service All-Star” in a BTI Consulting Group survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 organizations

  • Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
    • Band 1, USA: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity – Chambers Global 2014
    • Band 1, Nationwide: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity – Chambers USA 2012-2014
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
    • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: Best of the BestExpert Guide to the World’s Leading Structured Finance and Securitization Lawyers; and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers
    • American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel: Best Lawyers in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law
    • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook and Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook
    • Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal–International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4224
    F: 212-701-5224

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • A.B., Princeton University
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
    • cum laude