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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Energy: foreign firms Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP has demonstrated a strong commitment to the energy sector, including M&A, project development and project finance. The Singapore team routinely advises on some of the biggest ticket energy transactions and projects in the region. Anthony Patten is global head of the firm's oil and gas practice and Bill McCormack has an outstanding record in projects. Ben Shorten is also rated in oil and gas and power, while Lachlan Clancy  impresses at counsel level.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Patten


‘It ticks all the boxes in oil and gas, LNG and power.’

‘Great commercial mindset and knowledge of the industry.’

‘Bill McCormack is head and shoulders above the rest, knows his stuff and clients love him.’

‘Anthony Patten is an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients


Mubadala Petroleum




Projects: foreign firms Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly rated for big-ticket power and oil and gas projects. It is also making an impression in renewables. The firm routinely advises some of the biggest name sponsors in the region, along with a range of banks, MLAs and ECAs. It has a virtually unrivalled senior team in big name Bill McCormackBen Shorten and global head of oil and gas Anthony PattenLachlan Clancy  also impresses at counsel level.  

Practice head(s):

Ben Shorten; Bill McCormack


‘The team is well organised according to each member’s professional intelligence so that they can provide professional advice for the project at hand.’

‘Bill McCormack is a guru in the market, is commercial and a good operator.’

‘Bill McCormack has deep knowledge and wide-ranging experience in the industry.’

‘Lachlan Clancy is an outstanding counsel. He is always calm even in tough negotiations.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Asian Development Bank

ACWA Power

Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP is an established name in high-yield debt and equity offerings, most notably in India, Indonesia and Thailand. The firm remains strong in power and mining, along with TMT, oil and gas and real estate. Andrew Schleider is highly rated for high-yield debt, along with investment grade debt, convertible bonds and equity. Counsel Terrence O’Donnell joined the Hong Kong office from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in May 2019 and was due to relocate to Singapore later in the year. Felipe Duque has returned to Allen & Overy as a partner.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Schleider

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP continues to impress in private equity, insurance and energy transactions. The team 'is punching above its weight' and has built a sizeable roster of private equity clients and the M&A team works well with energy-sector colleagues, including oil and gas specialists such as Anthony PattenSidharth Bhasin and counsel James Clayton-Payne are highly rated for private equity deals, and India and Southeast Asia-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sidharth Bhasin

Key clients

Capital Square Partners


General Electric


Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Board


Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

International arbitration Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP has outstanding global credentials in international arbitration and this is very much in evidence in Singapore where office managing partner Daryl Chew leads an especially impressive team. The group, which includes a variety of nationalities, is noted for construction and infrastructure, energy, and joint-venture and shareholder disputes; infrastructure and oil and gas are growth areas. The team is active in South East Asia disputes involving Chinese parties and is gaining ground in Korea cases, following the launch of an office in Seoul; the highly rated Singapore associate Brandon Bang is a Korean speaker. Partner Emmanuel Jacomy splits his time between Beijing and Singapore, and is a key figure for Chinese clients.

Practice head(s):

Daryl Chew


‘A diversified and efficient team. It is fully aware of the needs, culture and expectations of clients in Asia Pacific, providing strategic and full scope advice to clients.’

‘It is very experienced in international arbitration and working with other counsels and arbitrators.’

Key clients

The People’s Republic of China

GML Limited

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP is instructed in project development and finance transactions in Malaysia, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector. Practice head Ben Shorten has expertise in advising both lenders and sponsors of projects, while Anthony Patten assists oil and gas sector clients with a range of corporate, project development and finance transactions, and Bill McCormack focuses on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. All lawyers noted are based in Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Ben Shorten

Other key lawyers:


Instructions provided by the team are well-thought-out, collaborative and practical and we always look forward to working with them.

Anthony Patten who has the extensive industry-specific experience to be commercial, technically sound and very approachable.

Key clients


Malakoff International Limited & Malakoff Corporation Berhad

OM Holdings Limited

Bumi Armada Berhad

Genting Berhad

Malaysian Export Import Bank


Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly experienced in project finance, corporate and M&A, capital markets and arbitration. Bill McCormack is a key figure and well known for his work on energy and infrastructure projects. Ben Shorten  also has a longstanding history of advising on project development and financing. Sidharth Bhasin handles the corporate side and is an expert in M&A and private equity transactions. Also highly recommended is Andrew Schleider, who advises on the team's capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Bill McCormack; Ben Shorten; Sidharth Bhasin; Andrew Schleider

Key clients

J Power








Deutsche Bank


BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's project finance practice enjoys global renown, and it is active in infrastructure and power projects in the Philippines as elsewhere. Its strong relationships with project sponsors (including major conglomerates), multilateral development banks and export credit agencies ensure an active workflow. In 2018, the team continued to provide advice to Ayala Corp, Metro Pacific and Macquarie on the development and financing of the Light Rail Transit 1 Cavite Extension project. Anna Chung and Bill McCormack are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Anna Chung; Bill McCormack

Key clients

Ayala Corporation

Metro Pacific

Macquarie Capital

International Finance Corporation

Asia Development Bank

India > Foreign firms Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP undertakes inbound and outbound Indian mandates, advising on multiple disciplines, such as capital markets, M&A, private equity, project finance, real estate, fund formation as well as litigation and international arbitration. Practice head Sidharth Bhasin is based in Singapore and focuses primarily on private equity investments and exits as well as restructuring and capital markets transactions. Andrew Schleider leads on capital markets transactions also out of Singapore, acting for underwriters and issuers on a broad array of corporate finance transactions. Also specialising in capital markets transactions is Hong-Kong based Matthew Bersani, who covers Rule 144A/Reg S offerings as well as registered US public offerings.

Practice head(s):

Sidharth Bhasin

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Schleider; Kyungwon (Won) Lee; Matthew Bersani;

Key clients

Capital Square Partners

Dish TV and Videocon d2h

Goldman Sachs

Jungle Ventures

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)


Xander Group


Reliance Communications (RCom)

Global Cloud Xhange (GCX)

Jungle Ventures Pte Ltd

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited

Delhi International Airport Limited

Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP has expertise in the oil, gas and energy space with Singapore-based partners Ben Shorten and Bill McCormack. In Hong Kong, Xiaogang (Sean) Wang is experienced in project finance and also handles M&A deals in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Ben Shorten; Bill McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Sean Wang

Key clients

ACWA Power

Taekwang Power



Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Nils Eliasson, who divides his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, Emmanuel Jacomy, who is based in Beijing and Singapore, alongside Daryl Chew in the latter, are the key names to note in Shearman & Sterling LLP's international arbitration practice, which has particular experience in investment treaty arbitration.

The firm

Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore office has been advising and delivering value to clients throughout the Asia Pacific region since 1995. The firm meets its clients’ needs by leveraging its unique experience across jurisdictions, industries and practice areas, and by working seamlessly across its global network, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo in Asia, as well as Abu Dhabi, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Rome, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as other offices.

The firm has worked successfully with clients on some of the region’s largest landmark projects, financings, cross-border M&A transactions, IPOs, innovative debt offerings, privatisations and complex international arbitration matters.

Shearman & Sterling has represented many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, state- owned enterprises, governments and governmental organisations for more than 146 years. It is committed to providing legal advice that is insightful and valuable to clients. The firm distinguishes itself by harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its lawyers across its extensive global footprint. It has the capability to mobilise resources throughout its 23 offices worldwide to provide clients with professional legal advice and support. The firm’s lawyers are fluent in more than 60 languages and they practice Hong Kong, US, English, French, German, Italian, EU, OHADA and Saudi law, as well as Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law. The firm is organised as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 850 attorneys in 23 offices located throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit Shearman & Sterling’s website at

Areas of practice

Shearman & Sterling’s main practice areas include: anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust, appellate litigation, capital markets, compensation, governance and ERISA, corporate governance, criminal law, regulation and enforcement, derivatives and structured products, emerging growth, environmental, European bank recovery and resolution, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial institutions investigations and enforcement, financial restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property litigation, intellectual property transactions, international arbitration, international trade and investment, investment funds, Islamic finance, leveraged finance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data protection, private client, private equity and hedge funds, privatisation, pro bono, project development and finance, public international law, real estate, state controlled companies/sovereign wealth funds, structured finance, and tax.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Bill McCormack
Banking and finance Ben Shorten
Capital markets Andrew Schleider
Corporate and M&A/private equity James Clayton-Payne
Corporate and M&A/private equity Sidharth Bhasin
India Sidharth Bhasin
Indonesia Andrew Schleider
Indonesia Bill McCormack
Philippines Bill McCormack
South/Southeast Asia Bill McCormack
Indonesia Ben Shorten
Thailand Ben Shorten
South/Southeast Asia Ben Shorten
Vietnam Ben Shorten
International arbitration Daryl Chew
International arbitration Emmanuel Jacomy
Oil and gas Anthony Patten
Projects and energy Bill McCormack
Projects and energy Ben Shorten
Projects and energy Anthony Patten
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Scott Baggett  photo Mr Scott Baggett Counsel
Mr Sidharth Bhasin  photo Mr Sidharth Bhasin PartnerHead of Shearman & Sterling’s India practice
 Daryl Chew photo Daryl Chew PartnerHead of Singapore Office
 Lachlan Clancy photo Lachlan Clancy Counsel
 James Clayton-Payne photo James Clayton-Payne Partner
 Emmanuel Jacomy photo Emmanuel Jacomy Partner
 Claude Jiang photo Claude Jiang Associate
Mr Bill McCormack  photo Mr Bill McCormack Partner
 Anthony Patten photo Anthony Patten Partner
Mr Andrew Schleider  photo Mr Andrew Schleider PartnerHead of the Capital Markets practice in Singapore
 Ben Shorten photo Ben Shorten PartnerAsia Project Development & Finance Team Leader
Number of lawyers : 850 approx
At this office : 25 approx