Thomas C. Sima


I am a New York licensed attorney specializing in cross-border transactions.  I started my career in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Shearman & Sterling, where I worked primarily on matters in international finance, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance.  I now have over 18 years of experience working with international clients, primarily from the former Soviet Union and East Asia, and I have represented clients in a broad range of activities, from oil & gas to investment funds.  I work with a trusted group of colleagues to ensure that, together, we can provide legal services in all areas of specialization around the globe without sacrificing the unique level of communication that my clients have come to expect.  I often compose legal documents in English and in Russian, and I am comfortable reviewing documents in several other languages.




New York State Bar

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York




Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC

J.D. (cum laude), May 1999

LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, May 1999


Thesis Topic: “Estate Tax Optimization of Offshore Asset Protection Trusts”


Attended the Duke Law School’s Institute of Transnational Law at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong S.A.R., China in Summer 1997


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

A.B. in Russian Language and Literature, May 1996 (Phi Beta Kappa)


Overseas Study: Rostov State University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, Summer 1994 and Spring 1995 semesters




English (native), Russian (fluent), Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Contact Information
Phone: (212) 796-6661
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Areas of Expertise


General Corporate Work.  Registration, day-to-day operations, capital raising efforts, employment agreements, reorganizations and liquidations.


Mergers and Acquisitions.  Cross-border acquisitions in a number of fields, including petroleum, timber/woodworking and telecommunications. 


Bank Finance.  Secured and unsecured credit facilities, including syndicated loans, convertible debt, revolving credit facilities, asset-based lending, letters of credit, securitizations and project finance.


Securities Law.  Private placements of debt and equity, option plans, delistings and periodic SEC filings.


Private Equity.  Fund formation and maintenance, including limited partnership agreements and multi-tiered fund structures.


Commercial Real Estate.  Leases and purchases of offices, commercial spaces and buildings.


Tax Considerations.  Upon specific client request, tax analysis may be provided.  In accordance with IRS regulations, tax advice is only provided when expressly stated in the terms of the engagement letter for the matter in question.


Oil and Gas.  Project financing (both upstream and downstream) and acquisitions, particularly in Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

Business Litigation.  Conducted jointly with John H. Snyder, Counsel to the Firm and owner of John H. Snyder PLLC (see


Offshore Entities.  Formation of special purpose vehicles and trusts.

Former Soviet Union.  Experience working with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Belarus.