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Shearman & Sterling LLP




Latin America: International firms

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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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Leading lawyers

George Casey - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Shearman & Sterling LLP does not have the size of team of some of its competitors but nevertheless maintains a significant market share of marquee domestic and cross-border deals. In 2017, it advised CVS on its $69bn acquisition of Aetna, an industry transforming transaction for the healthcare sector. Demonstrating its expertise in cross-border deals, it also advised Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis on its $3.9bn acquisition of Advanced Accelerator Applications, the Nasdaq-listed French cancer specialist company. Moreover, it continued to represent General Electric in its $32bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, which was combined with GE Oil & Gas to create a new public company listed on the NYSE. The firm also continues to impress in complex spin-offs and carve-out transactions. Other notable clients include Altice USA, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, Dow, ExxonMobil, Fairfax Financial Holdings, Nokia, Temasek and WebMD Health. Head of the global M&A group George Casey is an outstanding practitioner in large-cap cross-border and domestic deals, and in headline carve-outs and spin-offs. Scott Petepiece, the head of the firm’s New York M&A group, has a fine record in M&A, private equity buyouts and transactions involving sovereign wealth funds. Senior partner Creighton Condon led the team that advised CVS on its landmark acquisition of Aetna and continues to work on many of the firm’s marquee transactions. John Marzulli led the team working on General Electric’s acquisition of Baker Hughes. Robert Katz is another key partner, and Brien Wassner joined from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. All named partners are based in New York.

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