Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Shearman & Sterling LLP
SÃO PAULO SP 04538–132

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's commitment to the region continues to bear fruit with it maintaining prominence in major economies such as Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, along with smaller jurisdictions in Central America and elsewhere. The firm has strong connections to key investment banks and regional issuers with a fine team in New York supported by a reputable group in Sao Paulo. The practice is widely noted for its expertise in SEC registered and 144A/Reg S transactions for clients such as Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen, AES, Azul, Citigroup Global Markets, Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Intercorp, JP Morgan, PagSeguro Digital and Plaza. Among recent headline deals, the team advised Brazilian financial technology solutions business, PagSeguro Digital, on its $2.6bn SEC-registered IPO and NYSE listing; and Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen, the Panamanian government-owned operator of the country’s principal international airport, on its $650m bond offering. Additionally, it advised the initial purchasers on Banco Santander (Mexico)’s $1.3bn billion Tier 2 subordinated notes offering. Antonia Stolper is Americas managing partner and head of the Latin America group: a 'terrific and wonderful lawyer', she has developed 'high loyalty in the region' among investment banks and issuers, and is also praised for her calm and collaborative demeanour. Stuart Fleischmann is hugely experienced and highly-regarded amongst investment banks, particularly in relation to Mexico and Brazil transactions; he is 'one of the smartest lawyers', has 'deep knowledge of the law and of clients' and 'takes a collaborative approach which is good for getting deals done'. Houston partner Manuel Orillac is another prolific adviser on Latin America capital markets issuances. Young partner Grissel Mercado  is making an impression in Mexico capital markets work, as well as transactions in Chile and Colombia. In Sao Paulo,  capital markets specialist David Flechner was hired from Allen & Overy LLP in 2018, while fellow partner Jonathan Kellner continues to earn accolades in M&A and capital markets. Brazil counsel Roberta Cherman is also a key name -indeed, since publication she has been raised to the partnership (effective January 2020); while senior Sao Paulo figure Robert Ellison retired in December 2018. Individuals are New York-based unless stated otherwise.

Shearman & Sterling has an unparalleled track record in Latin America. Financial institutions, foreign and domestic companies and governments trust us with ground-breaking transactions, litigation, regulatory matters and investigations in the region spanning a wide range of industries, including banking, retail, telecommunications and media, energy, natural resources and infrastructure transactions. The firm’s lawyers have significant ties to Latin America, whether by birth, residence or longstanding relationships, and many of them are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and all of them have decades of experience throughout the hemisphere. With a deep understanding of the legal, political and economic drivers in this important area of the world, we leverage our global platform to provide clients with creative solutions to unique problems and address the full spectrum of their needs.

Our outstanding Latin America group is a well-integrated part of our firm, involving most of our practice areas, including capital markets, projects, finance, investment funds, financial services, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as regions, such as Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Canada. The group comprises 60 lawyers, including 36 partners and counsel, who travel whenever and wherever our clients require.



Department Name Email Telephone
Antonia E. Stolper +1 212 848 5009