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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 GE Capital’s debt-for-debt exchange offer (the largest debt exchange offer ever done) and General Electric’s $20 billion split-off to Synchrony Financial (the largest equity exchange offer ever done). In addition to having represented Aetna, Ally and PartnerRe for many years, he acts as underwriters’ counsel on all public offerings by Genworth, Hartford, Synchrony Financial 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.


Mr. Sandler is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global Capital Markets, Band 1
  • Chambers USA Capital Markets, Band 1
  • IFLR1000
  • BTI Consulting Group survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 organizations – “BTI Client Service All-Star”  


  • 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