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Charles Dowling

Partner  |  Sullivan & Cromwell

United States (NY)


Administration of estates and trusts
Personal and estate planning
Succession planning


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Representing a client from an EU jurisdiction on an enormously large and complicated US and non-US restructuring/domestication transaction. The planning and implementation of the transaction took more than two years and we deployed the full resources of Sullivan & Cromwell’s domestic and international private client, corporate and tax groups. Because of unusual circumstances related to the client and the client’s holdings we were able to achieve an exceptional outcome for the client. I enjoy working on multi-disciplinary projects and this was a particularly satisfying experience.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Focus on delivering the best possible professional service to your clients. In my view, that is how best to build up one’s professional reputation and practice. The best referrals for new business are often made by existing clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever,” David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel (from the movie “This is Spinal Tap”). In the course of my practice I often find myself thinking of this quote.