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Donna Parisi

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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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.

United States: Finance

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

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Donna Parisi - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

Shearman & Sterling LLP is engaged by buy-side and sell-side clients and market infrastructure providers, and has broad strengths in equity, commodity and credit-linked derivatives and proprietary trading. Practice head Donna Parisi and Azam Aziz provide ongoing regulatory and transactional derivatives advice to a litany of hedge funds and corporate end-users, and also regularly advise financial institutions and corporate issuers on equity derivatives transactions including equity collars, convertible note hedges and total return swaps. Parisi is also assisting Citigroup with amendments to its margin documentation with respect to uncleared OTC derivatives. Also recommended is Geoffrey Goldman, who is acting for IntercontinentalExchange in relation to the development of its swaps and futures clearinghouses and trading business; in this capacity, the team has been especially active in the development of blockchain-related derivative trading.

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