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Donna Parisi

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Derivatives & Structured Products


Partner, Global Head of the Derivatives & Structured Products practice and Global Co-Head of Financial Institutions industry.


Donna is a leading lawyer in the derivatives and structured products space, respected and recognized for the breadth of her knowledge of derivatives transactions and agreements, regulatory requirements and commercial considerations.

She advises clients on the full range of derivatives, structured products, securitization, capital markets and commodities matters. In particular, she has assisted clients in the development and structuring of new financial products and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of OTC derivative transactions across the full range of asset classes. In addition, her practice includes the exchange-traded futures and options markets, as well as advising on a variety of investment management matters.

Donna represents major financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley, hedge funds and other private investment funds, as well as large corporate clients.

 She frequently serves as a panelist in reform-focused events held by outlets and institutions such as the Financial Times, the Glass Hammer, Thomson Reuters and the Practising Law Institute.





  • Member, Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, New York State Bar Association


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Vassar College, B.A.

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Donna Parisi - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s derivatives practice stands out for the breadth of its expertise, which covers a wide variety of structured transactions for clients including financial institutions and swap dealers, hedge funds, corporate end-users, and market infrastructure providers such as ICE. Donna Parisi assisted Bank of America and Wells Fargo with a structure for the retention of commodity hedges following the bankruptcy of various E&P oil and gas companies. Parisi also advised Citigroup on the implementation under Dodd-Frank of margin requirements for uncleared swaps. Azam Aziz has experience incorporating derivatives into cross-border project financing and Geoffrey Goldman handled numerous equity-linked derivative transactions in 2017.

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