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Shearman & Sterling LLP

AVENIDA BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA, 3400, SÃO PAULO SP 04538–132, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 11 3702 2200
Web:
www.shearman.com

Robert Ellison

Tel:
Work +55 11 3702 2220
Email:
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Work Department

Capital Markets

Position

Robert Ellison, Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s São Paulo office, specializes in financings for non-US companies and cross-border M&A transactions. He speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Mr. Ellison, who joined Shearman & Sterling in 1994, was Managing Partner of the firm’s Rome office for six years, and practiced in the Paris office for seven years in addition to practicing in New York. He was listed as “first class” in Who’s Who Legal – Brazil 2010, is ranked as a “leading lawyer” by both Chambers Guide to the Global Legal Profession and IFLR 1000 Americas – 2012 Edition, and was named as a “Latin America Legal Star” in 2012 by Latin Business Chronicle.

Languages

English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M., 1992; Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, Maîtrise de Droit privé, 1990; King’s College London, University of London, LL.B., 1988


Latin America: International firms

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Shearman & Sterling LLP has maintained an impressive market share of big-ticket transactions in major economies such as Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, as well as a flourishing practice in smaller nations including Panama. It has worked on a series of headline IPOs, including SEC-registered offerings, and recently advised new client PagSeguro Digital, a Brazilian financial technology solution provider, on its $2.6bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in what was the largest IPO of a Brazilian business since 2013. Additionally, it advised major Brazilian domestic airline, Azul, on its $624m IPO, also on the New York Stock Exchange. In another headline deal, the firm advised Citigroup Global Markets and Credit Suisse Securities (as initial purchasers) in the $650m Rule 144A/Reg S IPO of Vista Oil & Gas on the Mexican stock exchange (BMV); this was the first Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) IPO in Latin America and the first oil and gas E&P-focused listing in Mexico. The firm is also active in Argentina, especially in debt transactions and continues to be a leading player in sovereign issuances, particularly on the underwriter side. Outside of Latin America’s major economies, the firm continues to make a further impression, notably advising Panama’s Banco General on its $550m senior notes offering. Head of the Latin America group Antonia Stolper is hugely experienced and a giant of the market, including in both sovereign and private sector issuances across the region. Stuart Fleischmann is a big player on the underwriter side, most notably in Mexico and Brazil. Manuel Orillac is another pivotal member of the practice and has advised on a string of recent deals in Panama. Grissel Mercado was elected to the partnership in January 2018 and has a fine record in representing Latin American sovereign and corporate issuers. São Paulo partner Robert Ellison is one of the foremost names in Brazil and continues to advise on many of the headline deals that emerge from the jurisdiction. All named individuals are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Shearman & Sterling LLP has demonstrated great determination to build out its M&A practice in Latin America. Having promoted São Paulo’s Jonathan Kellner, a fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker who is a ‘star in his field’, to partner in 2016, it then promoted São Paulo-based Andrea Campos to counsel in 2017. This comes at a time when the firm is experiencing notable growth in Brazil inbound transactions along with deals in other key economies such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and elsewhere. The core Latin America team has done well to target existing firm clients, including corporates and sovereign wealth funds. Kellner worked alongside New York partner Robert Freedman to advise GE Capital Global Holdings on its acquisition of a 25% stake in YPF Energía Eléctrica from Argentine oil-major, YPF. A New York team led by global M&A head (and global co-managing partner of the firm) George Casey, advised Liberty Global on its $9.3bn spin-off of Liberty Latin America. In another headline deal, it also advised Citigroup’s Mexican subsidiary Citibanamex on the sale of its asset management arm to global investment manager BlackRock. Other key partners include Latin America regional head Antonia Stolper, Manuel Orillac and Robert Ellison in São Paulo.

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