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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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As one of the first law firms to establish a presence in key global markets, Shearman & Sterling LLP has led the way in serving clients wherever they do business for more than 140 years. From major financial centers to emerging markets, the firm has the reach, depth and global perspective necessary to advise clients on their most complex worldwide business needs.

Shearman & Sterling is organized as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 850 lawyers in more than 20 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. In addition, nearly half of its lawyers practice outside the United States. Clients rely on the vast Shearman & Sterling global network to help accomplish their business goals, whether they are complex cross-border transactions or local deals.

Shearman & Sterling understands its clients’ needs, with an innovative spirit honed over the past 14 decades to find creative ways to anticipate and address their problems. Harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its lawyers across the firm’s extensive global footprint, Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises. Those clients, in turn, continue to choose the firm for its distinctive ability to leverage the knowledge and judgment of one of the world’s largest and most accomplished cross-border legal teams – a team ideally situated to counsel clients in this challenging 21st-century global economy.

Shearman & Sterling works across practices and jurisdictions to provide the highest quality legal services, bringing its collective experience to bear on issues facing clients. The firm’s areas of practice include antitrust and competition, capital markets, emerging growth, executive compensation and employee benefits, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property transactions, international arbitration, international trade and investment, investment funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, private capital, project development and finance, public international law, real estate, sustainable development, and tax.

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  • Senior Partner
  • David Beveridge
  • Global Managing Partners
  • George Casey
  • Adam Hakki
  • Other Offices
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Number of Partners (US)
  • 119
  • Number of Other Fee-Earners (US)
  • 388

Latin America

Shearman & Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of their clients' businesses and the industries they operate in, the firm’s work is driven by their clients’ need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

Shearman & Sterling is organized as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 900 lawyers in 23 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. Clients rely on the vast Shearman & Sterling global network to help accomplish their business goals, whether they are complex cross-border transactions or local deals.  

The firm’s areas of practice include Antitrust; Capital Markets; Compensation, Governance & ERISA; Derivatives & Structured Products; Emerging Growth; Finance; Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory; Financial Restructuring & Insolvency; Intellectual Property Transactions; International Arbitration; Investment Funds; Litigation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Privacy & Data Protection; Private Client; Project Development & Finance, Public International Law; Real Estate; and Tax.

For further information, please visit Shearman & Sterling’s website at



  • Number of Partners: Approximately 220
  • Number of Lawyers: Approximately 900

Latin America

Shearman & Sterling has been a leading international law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than a century, and has played an active role in the economic development of the region.

Shearman & Sterling's Latin America practice is distinguished by its deep knowledge and experience across countries; passion and commitment to the economic and social well-being of Latin America; understanding of the different cultures and the legal, political and economic drivers within the region; and remarkable resourcefulness and ability to think out of the box, making it an unrivalled problem solver.

The firm's Latin America practice group includes more than 60 attorneys, including 40 partners and counsel situated in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, who work as a cohesive integrated team. Its attorneys are not only fully conversant in Spanish and Portuguese but also have extensive experience with the business environment in Latin America and are knowledgeable about laws and regulations throughout the region.

Its intimate knowledge of local markets, coupled with the broad capabilities of a truly international firm, have made it the law firm of choice for companies, financial institutions, governments, governmental entities and multilateral agencies.

Its team of lawyers assists clients throughout the region with their legal needs, with an emphasis on: antitrust; bank finance; capital markets; derivatives; financial regulatory; international arbitration; investment funds; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; project development and finance; real estate; and tax.

Opened in 2004, the S?o Paulo office is one of the most well-established foreign law presences in Brazil. The S?o Paulo lawyers work closely with colleagues around the world to provide clients with world-class legal services.


The firm: With over 30 years of experience working with the most important Italian companies, Shearman & Sterling has established a strong position in the Italian market. The Italian practice focuses on all areas of corporate law, and assists on the Italian aspects of the firm’s international arbitration and antitrust matters. Nearly all members of the Italian team are internationally trained and dual-qualified and constitute one of the very few true international law teams based in Italy.

Areas of practice: Capital markets: the firm has a formidable global capital markets group representing both issuers and underwriters in the full range of Italian and international capital markets deals, with a strong focus on equity and high-yield transactions. The team represents issuers and underwriters on both US and Italian capital markets transactions.

M&A: the team focuses on complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, representing corporations, financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds in strategic as well as private equity investments and has been involved in some of the most important and innovative financial transactions in the Italian market.

Finance: the team represents commercial banks, investment banks, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and corporates in a wide range of financing transactions, including leveraged finance, acquisition finance and structured finance transactions. The firm’s worldwide presence and significant international experience facilitate its excellent structuring and deal management skills. It has a unique 360° view of the market derived from a distinguished record of counselling both borrowers as well as lenders, successfully completing complex transactions even in the most challenging market conditions.

Restructuring: the team assists clients in all issues related to debt restructuring and corporate reorganisations and represents lenders, equity holders and other creditors in out-of-court reorganisations, debt restructuring and restructuring proceedings. Leveraging on the firm’s integrated capabilities in insolvency and bankruptcy, general corporate law, finance and structured products, it works with distressed companies, management and financial advisors to craft business-focused solutions, whether an out-of-court arrangement or under a court-supervised process.

General corporate: the team regularly represents both private and listed companies operating in several industries in a variety of general corporate matters including: board representation; corporate governance; advice on Consob and Borsa Italiana requirements; structuring extraordinary corporate transactions; and key business contracts.

International arbitration: the group comprises some 70 lawyers of different nationalities and backgrounds, working out of the firm’s various offices, including Milan and Rome. Members of the team act as counsel, arbitrators and expert witnesses in complex international arbitration under the rules of all major arbitral institution and offer a unique service to clients worldwide, regardless of the place of the arbitration and its governing law.

Antitrust: clients entrust the firm with their most critical and complex antitrust matters, from mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, to class action and private antitrust litigation, to cartel and civil government investigations, to compliance, state aid issues, public procurement and counselling on daytoday antitrust issues. The firm’s vast experience and presence in key antitrust jurisdictions are integral assets in providing a co-ordinated strategy in multinational transactions and investigations.

Litigation: the team has extensive experience in banking and financial cases, corporate and M&A litigation and commercial disputes covering a variety of matters and sensitive areas; the group effectively helps clients navigate the critical Italian litigation environment. The firm also deals with corporate investigation of fines and sanctions issued by Italian regulatory authorities, and their challenge before competent courts.

  • Other offices
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Al-Khobar
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Jeddah
  • London
  • Menlo Park
  • Milan
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Riyadh
  • San Francisco
  • São Paulo
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC
  • in Italy
  • 20
  • Number of lawyers: 850
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Member
  • ASLA - Associazione Studi Legali Associati
  • Consiusa (Consiglio per le Relazioni fra Italia e Stati Uniti)
  • Borsa Italiana

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