Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > New York, United States

Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022-6069
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP's antitrust litigation team is well represented on both the East and West Coast, with offices in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. The department fields a wide variety of industry expertise with a specific focus on financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. Specific strong suits include the defense of clients in cases related to alleged price-fixing and boycott. David Higbee , in Washington DC, is in charge of the global as well as the US antitrust practice. In New York, Adam Hakki is the key contact, in particular for his involvement in numerous benchmarking matters related to the financial industry, and Richard Schwed leads the litigation practice group, which involves a significant amount of antitrust cases. The San Francisco-based John Cove represents clients in monopolization cases, direct and indirect purchaser class action, and unfair competition actions.

Practice head(s):

David Higbee

Other key lawyers:

Adam Hakki; Richard Schwed; John Cove; Djordje Petkoski

Testimonials

‘Shearman is a very hands on law firm – they assign very talented teams, each consisting of partners and associates.’

‘Shearman lawyers know the law and are excellent in helping to understand and navigate high stakes bet-the-company litigation. Their advice and counsel is never hyperbolic but is grounded in well-reasoned, legally sound, hard fought wisdom.’

‘Stephen Fishbein and Todd Stenerson are amazingly talented, articulate, confident, and tenacious fighters.’

‘Shearman’s lawyers are always willing to dive in and help and always have a thorough well- reasoned solution.’

Key clients

1-800 Contacts

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Booz Allen Hamilton

Capital One

Chevron

Equinor

GSK

Raytheon

Rubycon

Sonic Corporation

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Thomson Reuters

Viacom

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

'The firm has few peers in the underwriter space in securities litigation', remarks a client of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Known for its securities litigation, investigation and enforcement capability, it has a deep bench of seasoned litigators who have acted in some of the most significant cases in recent history. Its track record has made it a “go-to” practice for complex, high profile and high-stakes matters in the pharmaceutical and financial institution space. Best known for advising investment banks as underwriters in securities class actions, it also represents corporations, boards of directors and special committees, and individuals from a diverse range of industry sectors. Viacom and CEMEX are among its corporate clients. Adam Hakki, who is 'an excellent lawyer who really pulls the whole group together' and Richard Schwed in New York, along with Patrick Robbins in San Francisco, lead the firm's litigation practice, in which New York-based Daniel Lewis, who has 'a measured style and communicates very clearly', and Lyle Roberts in Washington DC are among the other key partners. Agnès Dunogué is an up-and-coming partner in New York.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Richard Schwed; Patrick Robbins

Testimonials

This team brings unique discipline to written client communications. Every email is concise, it states the essential context, poses the key question, flags the pros and cons, and makes a recommendation. The overall effect is to make my job easier and to instil confidence in the way the team is running the case.

Adam Hakki has encyclopaedic knowledge of securities law and current trends. He is able to share that knowledge in a concise, practical way.

Daniel Lewis has a measured style and communicates very clearly. He conveys a strong sense of being in control of a complex and dynamic matter.

Adam Hakki a good litigator, very solid and well regarded, especially by banks for underwriter work.

‘Adam Hakki is an excellent lawyer, really pulls the whole group together’

The firm has few peers in the underwriter space in securities litigation.

Key clients

Bank of America

Citigroup

Viacom

Jefferies

Taro Pharmaceuticals

BNP Paribas

CEMEX LatAm

Mizuho

Sundial Growers

Credit Suisse

Orbital ATK

Wells Fargo

Barclays

Altice USA

Nomura

Gogo

Countrywide

Dycom Industries

Finance > Project finance

Shearman & Sterling LLP's already strong projects team has increased its marketshare of the oil and gas space through the launch of an office in Houston. In doing so, the firm made several key hires which have already paid dividends through an increase in oil and gas related work, as demonstrated by its advice to Ecopetrol on its shale joint venture with Occidental Petroleum. The arrival of Hugh Tucker, Coleson Bruce, and Jeremy Kennedy from Baker Botts L.L.P. and Omar Samji and Sarah McLean from Jones Day and Thompson & Knight LLP respectively was a major statement of intent. A further opening in Dallas is likely to cement the firm's arrival in Texas and its overall energy expertise, with conventional power and renewables major staples of the firm. In this respect, New York-based practice head Gregory Tan, and fellow partners Cynthia Urda Kassis, Robert Freedman, and Alexandro Padrés are all well-established players, representing sponsors and lenders both at home and abroad (in Latin America in particular).

Practice head(s):

Gregory Tan

Testimonials

‘Gregory Tan is an exceptional partner. Great experience working with him every time’

‘Robert Freedman is exceptional to work with’

Key clients

Scotia Capital

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Axia Power I SA

Transelec SA

Ecopetrol SA

International Finance Corporation

KfW IPEX

Frontier Midstream Solutions

BBVA Bancomer, SA, Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, SNC

Natixis

Sumitomo Mistui Banking Corporation

Orion Resource Partners

Nevada Copper Corp

Société Générale

ING Capital

Tax > Financial products Tier 1

At Shearman & Sterling LLP, Kristen Garry - head of the firm's Washington DC office - is a key name for handling work concerning the tax aspects of structured debt, among other matters. Also in the DC office, Nathan Tasso is sought by bank and non-bank clients to advise both on transactional tax matters and tax controversies. Michael Shulman heads the firm's wider tax practice in the New York office. Robert Rudnick has retired from the partnership and moved into an of counsel role.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shulman

Key clients

Ardagh

CVS Health

Liberty Global

Morgan Stanley

Oaktree Capital Transportation Infrastructure Fund

Viacom

Citigroup

NatWest Markets Securities

Boston Scientific

JP Morgan

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Highly regarded for its financial litigation, Shearman & Sterling LLP regularly acts as trial counsel for major corporations and banks in high-value disputes. The firm excels in securities and M&A litigation, while also keeping abreast of the growing market in trade secrets disputes. In this area, the firm secured a $44m jury verdict following a 12-day trial in Chicago for leading fintech software and services company SS&C Technologies in litigation alleging misappropriation of trade secrets against Clearwater Analytics. From the New York office, managing partner of the firm and global head of litigation Adam Hakki represents a number of the biggest names in global banking. Recently, his work has included defending Citigroup against Colombian sugar and ethanol producer Mayagüez, which alleges fraudulent inducement related to a foreign currency transaction; Agnès Dunogué also led on this matter. Global litigation practice group leaders Patrick Robbins in San Francisco and Richard Schwed in New York are also key names. Banking and securities expert Jaculin Aaron retired in December 2018, while securities and antitrust class action specialist Michael Mitchell recently made partner in the DC office.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Patrick Robbins; Richard Schwed

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Fishbein; Jerry Fortinsky; Agnès Dunogué; Stuart Baskin; Jeffrey Resetarits; Alan Goudiss; Michael Mitchell

Key clients

SS&C Technologies

Mizuho Bank

Wells Fargo Board of Directors

Viacom

Citigroup

Gogo

OrbiMed

Nikko Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Altice USA

CVS Health

Bank of America

Bank of Nova Scotia

YETI Coolers

Morgan Stanley

CEMEX LatAm

Taro Pharmaceuticals

Sundial Growers

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a reputation for representing corporations and financial institutions in bet-the-company litigation around the world. The department also specializes in investigation and enforcement issues, where it benefits from the experience of several team members who have formerly served as government prosecutors and regulators. The group prides itself on handling high-profile securities and trading market cases. New York-based Adam Hakki is the name to note in this space; Hakki serves as global managing partner and jointly leads the litigation group with Patrick Robbins and Richard Schwed, in San Francisco and New York, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Patrick Robbins; Richard Schwed

Other key lawyers:

Jerry Fortinsky; Henry Weisburg; Christopher Ryan; Jonathan Greenblatt; Paula Anderson

Key clients

Mizuho Bank

Nikko Asset Management

Bank of America

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Nova Scotia

Citigroup

OrbiMed

Cemex LatAm

Republic of Panama

The Dow Chemical Company

Cairn Energy

Empresa Nacional de Petroleo

Natixis

Oil Search

Egyptian Natural Gas Hodling Company

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's litigation practice has a broad range of experience in securities, criminal law enforcement, antitrust, commercial disputes, intellectual property and arbitration. As part of this practice, M&A litigation is a prime focus, and the firm has regularly represented parties in major deal-related trials in state and federal courts. Litigators work closely with transactional lawyers in structuring deals in order to be ready for any resulting litigation, with significant trial experience should matters proceed that far. Whether it is in contested mergers, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, appraisal cases, shareholder class actions, derivative actions or de-merger conflicts, the firm frequently acts for both global financial institutions and large corporations. Global managing partner Adam Hakki and Richard Schwed in New York and Patrick Robbins in San Francisco are the lead litigators. Also recommended in New York are veteran partner Alan GoudissPaula Anderson and up-and-coming partner Mallory Brennan.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Patrick Robbins; Richard Schwed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Daimler AG

Warren Rustand

WebMD

Dassault Systèmes

CVS Health Corporation

Altice USA

LyondellBasell Industries

Morgan Stanley

Hoya Corporation

General Electric

bibliotheca

Capital Square Partners

Advanced Disposal Services

Bojangles

EnCap Flatrock Midstream

Fund II, L.P.

Raytheon Co.

Bank of America Merrill

Lynch

Orbital ATK Inc

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Shearman & Sterling LLP fields a robust underwriter-side practice, which frequently advises major global financial institutions on US and cross-border debt offerings. The firm has also made significant inroads into the issuer-side market of late, with recent representations of household-name corporations and sponsors operating in the financial services, life sciences, healthcare and energy spheres. Alongside its transactional practice, the group houses a solid regulatory offering which routinely advises public companies on SEC reporting and disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters. Jonathan DeSantis leads the capital markets team for the Americas and his practice spans a range of debt capital markets and finance matters. Industrials group head Lisa Jacobs is also recommended and advises issuers and underwriters on investment grade debt offerings, medium-term note offerings, global bond offerings, and foreign and domestic private offerings. Additional contacts include increasingly prominent younger partner Merritt Johnson and Jason Lehner, who splits his time between New York and Toronto. All named lawyers are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan DeSantis

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Boston Scientific Corporation

Consolidated Edison Company

Credit Suisse

Citigroup

CVS Health Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Committed, responsive and effective’, Shearman & Sterling LLP is best known for its reputation on the underwriter side, where it leverages the firm’s institutional banking relationships to advise on a steady stream of IPOs, equity offerings and regulatory issues. While not as prolific on the company side, the New York-based group does also act for corporate issuers, particularly in relation to cross-border offerings. Healthcare specialist Ilir Mujalovic is recommended for equity deals and stands out for his ‘second-to-none work ethic’. Harald Halbhuber is another key contact and regularly advises both issuers and managers on equity offerings. Merritt Johnson continues to raise his profile in the capital markets arena and has built up a solid record in IPOs and secondary offerings. Jonathan DeSantis leads the capital markets group for the Americas and is noted for his experience in IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan DeSantis

Testimonials

Very strong team that is fully committed to serve its clients.’

Flawless deal execution, always very responsive and effective.’

Ilir Mujalovic is a phenomenal professional with a second-to-none work ethic. He is very diligent and detailed-oriented, but at the same time never loses sight of the big picture.’

Key clients

Altice USA Inc.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Citigroup

CVS Health Corporation

The Dow Chemical Company

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Sundial Growers

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s global capital markets practice works closely with its leveraged finance and corporate governance teams to provide comprehensive transactional and regulatory coverage of securities issues. On the debt side, the New York-based group is distinguished by its ability to draw on the firm’s signature finance offering for support on highly structured transactions. On the equity front, the firm is frequently involved in global IPOs, with a particularly strong track record in European and Latin American markets. Traditionally best known for its links with underwriters — and it retains close relationships with major global financial institutions such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs — the team acts for a growing number of corporate issuers globally. Finance specialist Jonathan DeSantis leads the Americas capital markets practice and has an emphasis on advising underwriters on investment grade and high-yield debt offerings. Mining expert Jason Lehner splits his time between Toronto and New York and has a focus on advising on Canadian capital markets issuances, with a strong record in debt transactions. Antonia Stolper, who heads the Latin America affinity group, and Harald Halbhuber are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan DeSantis

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Consolidated Edison

Credit Suisse

Citigroup

CVS Health Corporation

Genmab A/S

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Laureate Education

Morgan Stanley

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

The ‘extremely responsive’ team at Shearman & Sterling LLP impresses with its ‘very knowledgeable and very commercial lawyers’. Widely recognized among the most active underwriter-side firms, the New York-based group routinely advises major global financial institutions on domestic and cross-border offerings. The team also leverages the wider firm’s diverse corporate client base to continue to raise its profile in issuer-side work, with recent strong showings in the chemicals, construction, energy, financial services and technology sectors. Jonathan DeSantis leads the capital markets team for the Americas and his practice spans a varied mix of financing transactions, including high-yield bond offerings and leveraged finance deals. Jason Lehner splits his time between New York and Toronto and has a focus on Canadian-related capital markets transactions — he also advises on corporate governance matters. Up-and-coming partner Merritt Johnson is ‘excellent’ and primarily represents financial institution clients, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, on high-yield debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan DeSantis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Dedicated partners, who are very knowledgeable and very commercial lawyers.’

The team has a very good sense for what is “market” and what is getting done.

‘Never feel like I am pushed to associates. Partners will always make time and are also close to the issues. That being said, they have a good bench, with knowledgeable associates who can step up as necessary.’

Extremely responsive and always make time. I would also say that they know how to boil matters down to really key issues and not waste time on things that are not important.

They take time to get to know your firm and what things may not be issues for others, but may be specific issues for you.

Merritt Johnson and finance partner Maura O’Sullivan are both excellent and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Key clients

American Axle & Manufacturing

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies Finance

J.P. Morgan

Mattamy Group Corporation

Morgan Stanley

Service Corporation International

Finance > Commercial lending

Shearman & Sterling LLP is a mainstay of the New York finance market, where it has established extremely strong relationships with financial institutions, as well as an increasing number of direct lenders. The team expanded significantly in 2019 following the arrival of former Allen & Overy LLP partners Michael Chernick and Alan Rockwell, who both have long track records serving the market. Rockwell joins the highly rated Maura O’Sullivan as practice head, adding weight to a team that includes global co-head of leveraged finance Joshua Thompson. The team, which also includes the well regarded capital markets expert Jonathan DeSantis, works closely with colleagues in key regions such as Europe and Asia. The firm also offers corporate and private equity borrowers a strong range of expertise, with Gus Atiyah coming highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Maura O’Sullivan; Alan Rockwell

Testimonials

Recommended for ‘overall quality of work product, strong commercial knowledge, and longstanding partnership

‘Jonathan DeSantis offers strong commercial knowledge’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Boston Scientific Corporation

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

CVS Health Corporation

Jefferies

JP Morgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Nomura Securities

Valvoline

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's global finance business unit is headed by Donna Parisi, a go-to advisor to major investment banks on issues ranging from sovereign debt through to margin requirements and the creation of novel structured products. Geoffrey Goldman acts for clients including leading transatlantic exchanges and clearing house, and also has experience structuring OTC derivatives, particularly credit and equity derivatives. Buy-side clients include well known hedge and private equity funds, as well as major corporates.

Practice head(s):

Donna Parisi

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Goldman; Azam Aziz

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Forming an integral part of the firm's overarching global practice group (which includes practitioners in situ in key energy centres throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia), Shearman & Sterling LLP's 'very knowledgeable and well articulated' 60-strong US-based oil and gas team draws together a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers with significant industry knowledge across public and private M&A, joint ventures, banking/project finance, capital markets and restructuring. The 'excellentHugh Tucker  heads up the firm's strategically important Houston offering which continues its upward trajectory with the recent arrivals of energy restructuring experts Ian Roberts  and Luckey McDowell from Baker Botts L.L.P. in mid-2019. Although the team is adept at handling work throughout the value chain, it has been particularly active of late on some major midstream mandates, including Sarah McLean's recent representation of Oryx Midstream on its $3.6bn sale to Stonepeak Infrastructure. Coleson Bruce  is particularly recommended for his work on behalf of transactions involving foreign first-time entrants to the US energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Sarah McLean; Jeremy Kennedy; Omar Samji; Coleson Bruce; Brian Finch; Kelli Sims; Ian Roberts; Luckey McDowell; Todd Lowther

Testimonials

The firm has a deep bench of energy attorneys that practice in multiple areas of energy, including domestic and international oil and gas, upstream, midstream, downstream and LNG.

Given its history representing energy clients, many of the supporting practice areas of the firm are also well versed in the needs of energy companies, including their employment and benefits, finance and tax groups.

Project teams have a good balance of partners, senior associates and junior associates as needed for the project.

Their teams work well together – even across practice groups and offices – and provide a seamless experience.

Partners Sarah McLean and Todd Lowther are always great to work with.

Key clients

Oryx Midstream

Oil Search Limited

EnCap Investments

INEOS

ExxonMobil Corporation

Rangeland Energy II, LLC

Post Oak Energy Capital LP

The Dow Chemical Company

Ecopetrol

Chevron

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

Mubadala Investment Corporation

GE Capital Global Holdings, LLC

Orion Resource Partners

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

Working in tandem with the firm’s corporate governance partners, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s New York-based compensation team represents private and publicly-listed companies in high-stakes negotiations concerning executive compensation (both equity-based and deferred), retention and succession arrangements. Securities expert Gillian Emmett Moldowan is the go-to name for advice on proxy disclosure rules, which is also applicable to the executive compensation aspects of capital markets transactions. Leveraging the firm’s broad international presence, practice head Doreen Lilienfeld and Kenneth Laverriere lead on large-cap, and often cross-border, M&A transactions for multinational corporate clients across sectors as diverse as financial services, consumer goods, electronics, media and pharmaceuticals. The team also acts for C-suite employees and management teams during company acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Doreen Lilienfeld

Testimonials

They are very practical and business-related in their approach, with good technical skills and the understanding of what you are trying to do.

Ken Laverriere and John Cannon are excellent partners with very good relationship skills as well as technical knowledge.

Key clients

Altice USA

The Chefs’ Warehouse

CVS Health Corporation

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Electronic Arts

IMAX Corporation

MeiraGTx

Square, Inc.

Zillow

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP is active in high-profile large-cap M&A, and has taken central roles in several impressive transactions in 2019. Practice heads George Casey and Scott Petepiece have both had strong years, advising on deals in several industries, including defense, media, and chemicals. Casey was a lead partner on the split of Dow from DowDuPont, a transaction totaling $130bn, and Petepiece represented CPPIB in the acquisition of Pattern Energy for $6.1bn. Another major transaction for the firm was the $93bn merger of Raytheon with United Technologies, forming the second-largest defense company globally; Clare O’Brien acted as lead counsel to Raytheon in this matter. The team utilizes the firm's full-service capabilities in its transactional work, handling the full range of tax, antitrust, and other regulatory aspects of deals. The full-service offering and global platform come to the fore in complex cross-border mandates in particular, an example of which is the Dow transaction, which involved 35 jurisdictions worldwide.

Practice head(s):

George Casey; Scott Petepiece

Other key lawyers:

Clare O’Brien

Testimonials

Outstanding collaboration within Shearman and with client, outstanding advice, very knowledgeable, great ability to manage internal teams despite being an outsider, very hard-working, great communication. The best team of lawyers in the US I’ve ever worked with- very nice, polite and humble.

Key clients

Raytheon

The Dow Chemical Company

CVS Health Corp

Viacom

Liberty Global

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Altice USA

Advanced Disposal Services

Nokia Corporation

LyondellBasell Industries

Novartis

General Electric Company

Salesforce

American Axle

Telus

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Tax > International tax Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP specializes in cross-border M&A, tax-efficient investment structures, and expatriate taxation, among other international tax matters. New York practice co-head Michael Shulman has particular expertise in the taxation of financial instruments and real estate transactions, and is also a contact for investment management-related taxation. Global tax head and Bay Area office head Laurence Crouch divides his time between San Francisco and Menlo Park, and recently handled multibillion-dollar deals for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Salesforce. Washington DC-based Jay Singer joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in September 2019. Ethan Harris left for a position at Deloitte in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shulman; Laurence Crouch

Other key lawyers:

Kristen Garry; Laurence Bambino; Robert Rudnick; Jay Singer

Key clients

Susquehanna International Group

Ardagh Group

CVS Health Corporation

KMG Chemicals

Transelec Concesiones

Citigroup

GlaxoSmithKline

Salesforce.com

Ecopetrol

Liberty Global

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Shearman & Sterling LLP's nationwide tax practice is jointly led by Michael Shulman in New York and Laurence Crouch in San Francisco. Shulman provides comprehensive tax advice on corporate acquisitions, restructurings and spin-offs, while Crouch handles tax planning for M&A transactions, as well as major joint ventures. In the Washington DC office, Nathan Tasso advises investment banks and other financial institutions on the tax aspects of financial transactions, and Jay Singer, who joined the firm from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, is routinely involved in large-scale internal restructurings and spin-off transactions. Ethan Harris left the DC office for Deloitte in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shulman; Laurence Crouch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Raytheon

Viacom

Dow

Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings

Ecopterol

Ardagh Group

CVS Health Corporation

KMG Chemicals

Transelec Concesiones

Vice Media

Citigroup

Oaktree Capital Transportation Infrastructure Fund

GlaxoSmithKline

Advanced Disposal Services

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP takes pride in its transatlantic full-service antitrust practice, with the US team closely interlinked with the firm's offices in London and Brussels. Clients have the option to use the firm's innovative merger matrix tool to identify likely filing obligations before turning to New York-based department head David Higbee and his team for tailored advice. The group covers a wide array of industries ranging from media, energy and food to technology and pharmaceuticals. New York-based Jessica Delbaum primarily defends multinationals' mergers and acquisitions before the FTC and DOJ. Ben Gris in Washington DC provides key support in investigations and litigation surrounding mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

David Higbee

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Delbaum; Ben Gris; Lynn Diamond

Testimonials

‘Shearman provides a high-level of service on both Antitrust/Merger Control and M&A matters.’ 

‘They are responsive, efficient, and provide well-reasoned, practical advice.’  

‘David Higbee is “hands on” and responsive, and manages his team very efficiently and effectively.’  

‘Ben Gris, Matthew Readings and associate Ryan Leske provide excellent service, practical and thoughtful advice.’ 

‘Well-thought strategic advice.’

‘Dale Collins is the most thoughtful, strategic and creative merger control advisor we have ever worked with. He has a solid command of the economics (often more than the retained experts), and a great understanding of how regulators will consider the facts of a transaction and how to argue the case.’ 

Key clients

Raytheon

Chevron

Viacom

GSK

Bojangles

Sonic

Thomson Reuters

SS&C Technologies

Genewiz

Salesforce.com

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Shearman & Sterling LLP's group excels in handling high-profile domestic and cross-border investigations and litigation, drawing on a deep bench of former enforcement attorneys and practitioners with government experience. Financial and securities regulation are particular areas of expertise, and lawyers are regularly engaged for parallel SEC and DOJ investigations and proceedings. Co-leading the department in New York are, Stephen Fishbein (experienced in fraud and insider trading cases), the firm's global managing partner Adam Hakki, who focuses on securities and corporate governance matters and securities expert John Nathanson; while Patrick Robbins co-leads from San Francisco, where he handles a wide diet of FCPA, accounting and securities fraud, insider trading and healthcare violations work. Christopher LaVigne, who is based out of Washington DC, specialises in regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins; John Nathanson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Citigroup

Bilfinger

Christopher Worrall

Sergey Pugach

Bank of America

Morgan Stanley

Former CFO of Logitech

Rubycon

Softbank Group Corporation

Troy Kent

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP represents major financial institutions in benchmark rate cases, RMBS litigation and investigations and enforcement actions. Adam Hakki acts for numerous major investment banks in securities cases and investigations brought by the DOJ, SEC and FINRA. Among his recent wins, Hakki successfully defended Bank of America Merrill Lynch against a claim alleging collusion in the manipulation of the London Silver Fix. San Francisco-based Patrick Robbins represents D&Os, companies and employees in antitrust litigation, securities fraud, FCPA disputes and various other white-collar crime cases, and Richard Schwed is also recognized for his experience in investigations and disputes relating to antitrust and securities law. Agnès Dunogué is another of the firm's securities specialists; she represents Barclays and Nomura in a series of RMBS cases, and recently secured a victory for Citigroup in a securities class action. Adam Schwartz and counsel Sara Raisner joined the firm in 2019 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and FINRA, respectively. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Patrick Robbins; Richard Schwed

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of America

Citigroup

Mizuho

Jefferies

Credit Suisse

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Mizuho

Barclays

Countrywide

Nomura

Nikko

Deutsche Bank

Cowan

Evercore

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Nova Scotia

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP is perhaps best known for its experience in the construction sector, but the team is equally adept at acting in international commercial- and investment treaty arbitrations for clients in the areas of mining and natural resources, energy, financial services, and chemicals. The US-based team is led out of New York by Henry Weisburg, and focuses on matters relating to the Americas. However, the team is an integral part of the firm-wide arbitration practice, and often acts on global matters in conjunction with its colleagues in Paris, London, and Abu Dhabi. The group has presence in Washington DC as well, where Christopher Ryan and Jonathan Greenblatt are the key contacts. Also recommended is New York-based Daniel Reich, who has had recent strong showings in post-M&A arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Henry Weisburg

Testimonials

My experience with Shearman & Sterling has been in working with the team on international arbitrations in the construction sector. The teams in the firm’s offices in New York, London, Abu Dhabi and Paris have built up a considerable reserve of experience in the construction field.

Key clients

Republic of Panama

The Dow Chemical Company

Cairn Energy

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo

Natixis

Oil Search

Egyptian Natural Gas Hodling Company

Equinor

Enka

Arcelik

Investment funds > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP acts for traditional mutual funds, registered funds, alternative asset managers, and exchange traded funds, and also has experience in the formation and operation of BDCs. Practice head Nathan Greene is a name to note for advice on the regulatory aspects of fund and investment advisory operations, the formation and representation of US and foreign investment companies, sponsors, advisers and directors, and oversees M&A of fund companies. Jay Baris also has a strong focus on transactional work; working alongside Greene, he has been especially active advising on regulatory issues relating to blockchain, big data and cryptocurrency as they relate to mutual funds. Also recommended is Thomas Majewski, who counsels independent directors on their fiduciary responsibilities, and also advises on general governance matters. All named lawyers are based in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Greene

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with very seasoned professionals.’

‘We work with Jay Baris who is very responsive, pragmatic and provides sound judgment.’

‘Nathan Greene and Jay Baris are original thinkers, thought leaders on mutual fund and board governance matters.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Investment Funds

ALPS Advisors

Blackstone Alternative Funds

Corporate Capital Trust II

First Eagle Funds

Ironwood Capital Management

Miller/Howard Funds

ProShares Trust, ProFunds and Access One Trust

TCG BDC

Victory Funds

Real estate > Real estate Tier 3

Under the leadership of New York-based Malcolm Montgomery, the 'well-rounded' team Shearman & Sterling LLP handles an impressive amount of joint venture work, delivering expertise in the formation of limited liability companies, partnerships and other ownership programs. Also active on the leasing front, the group represents landlord and tenants in all forms of leasing transactions from HQ offices and ground leases through to sale and leasebacks. The team also handles acquisitions and dispositions and is recognized for its strength in complex finance work, spanning structured finance and bank lending work. In line with its reputation for finance work, the team acts for a litany of domestic banks, as well as lending institutions from Canada, Mexico and Germany.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Brill; Kris Ferranti

Testimonials

‘Shearman has a diverse, well rounded real estate practice and a good sense of the market and current practices. They are 100% committed to their clients and a positive client experience.’

‘Lisa Brill is simply the best. The most client-focused, capable, responsive, constructive and available attorney anywhere who is 100% dedicated to the needs and interests of her clients. For any complicated or sensitive transaction, Lisa is who we go to. There is no one better as a lawyer or a person.’

Key clients

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Shorenstein Properties

GTIS Partners

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Ascena Retail Group

SL Green Realty Corp.

Credit Suisse

Strategic Capital

Wafra Partners

US National Bank Association

Wellington Management Company

Hudson River Trading

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Shearman & Sterling LLP represents clients from a myriad of industry sectors in cartel investigations before the DOJ and the European Commission. The antitrust department is spearheaded by a foursome: David Higbee and Djordje Petkoski in Washington DC, Adam Hakki in New York, and Patrick Robbins in San Francisco. Cartel investigation matters are primarily handled by the group in the capital, displaying industry know-how in pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense as well as oil and gas. Petkoski specializes in criminal antitrust matters and Higbee also fields internal investigation expertise. In October 2019, Ryan Shores took up a position with the DOJ.

Practice head(s):

David Higbee; Adam Hakki; Patrick Robbins; Djordje Petkoski

Testimonials

‘Strong relationships with key agencies; deep understanding of issues; a commercial focus, practical advice, but never compromising on reputation or relationships.’

‘The team gives clients thoughtful analyses of the case and provides options to select.’

‘Djordje Petkoski is very wise and prudently structures the strategy and objectives to achieve.’

Key clients

1-800 Contacts

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Montreal

Barclays Bank

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Booz Allen Hamilton

Capital One

Chevron

Equinor

GSK

Raytheon

Rubycon

Sonic Corporation

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Thomson Reuters

Viacom

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Combining strong product expertise in relation to M&A, banking and capital markets, with underlying industry knowledge across the spectrum of renewable energy sources, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well-placed to serve a diverse roster of clients engaged in domestic and international transactions. As well as handling a significant volume of private placement debt work in the space, the team has also advised the lenders on the financing of numerous renewables portfolio transactions. New York-based partner Gregory Tan is global head of the firm's project development and finance group, and alongside Robert Freedman regularly handles solar, wind and hydro-related new money deals and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Tan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Freedman; Cynthia Urda Kassis; Alexandro Padrés; Denise Grant

Key clients

LongWing Energy S.C.A.

Den Norske Bank

Fortress Investment Group

Mistubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

OMERS Infrastructure Management, Inc.

Citigroup

BBVA Bancomer, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer

Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, S.N.C.

Investment funds > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 4

The alternative and hedge fund practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP is weighted towards advising alternative and hedge fund managers on ongoing operational, regulatory, and transactional, matters, with considerable experience in complying with the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. The firm also advise on derivatives and credit transactions. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ John (Sean) Finley, formerly in-house at Caxton Associates, has managed account arrangements, seeding and placement arrangements, and spin-outs. Paul Schreiber focuses on formation, and Nathan Greene and Ted Randolph are active in the regulatory and transactional space. Laura Friedrich represents institutional investors and major fund managers (such as Credit Suisse), and has particular expertise in Latin America-facing work.

Practice head(s):

John (Sean) Finley

Testimonials

‘Shearman & Sterling’s documentation and trading group is extremely strong and deep.  They have a very strong breadth of knowledge.’

‘John (Sean) Finley is extremely knowledgeable from a compliance and regulatory perspective.  He also has an excellent understanding of industry issues.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Dynamo Capital

The Rohatyn Group (TRG)

Maverick Capital

TT International

Juniper Investment Company

Tachyon Partners

Orbimed Advisors

Red Kite Management

New Holland Capital

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

Shearman & Sterling LLP advises managers and investors on the full range of private equity fund matters, with a particular focus on real estate private equity and financial institution-backed funds. The firm has a very strong global presence, and is routinely engaged in funds matters involving Latin America, Europe and Asia. A key figure in the team is practice head Laura Friedrich, who has recently advised on a number of fund formations ranging from the middle-market to multibillion-dollar raisings. Friedrich is also recognized for her strong repertoire of Latin American clients. Also recommended is Sean Finley, who led multiple transactions for TRG Management over the past year, including a secondary transaction and the launch of a fund focusing on emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Practice head(s):

Laura Friedrich

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co

Citi Private Bank

Credit Suisse Asset Management

GTIS Partners

IFC Asset Management Company (AMC)

Landmark Management

Qatar Investment Authority

Shorenstein

Torchlight Investors

TRG Management

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Shearman & Sterling LLP handles IRS audits and federal tax disputes relating to international corporate reorganizations and transfer pricing matters, as well as tax accounting methods. The team also has experience of criminal tax investigations and Congressional hearings. Robert Rudnick and Kristen Garry  are names to note in Washington DC; the two are representing the estate of the founder of Monster.com in a string of related proceedings both in Tax Court and at the Court of Appeals, having secured initial victory in a case of first impression. New York-based Michael Shulman leads the wider tax group, and routinely handles the tax aspects of large M&A, restructurings, and spin-offs.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shulman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Estate of Andrew J. McKelvey (the founder of Monster.com)

Susquehanna International Group

Finance > Financial services regulation Tier 5

Based in New York, Shearman & Sterling LLP's practice focuses predominantly on banking regulation and broker-deal regulatory matters. On the broker-dealer side, team lead Russell Sacks is a trusted advisor to SIFMA, which he recently assisted with the development of its new rules on block trading and front-running. Sacks is also known for advising boutique investment banks on regulatory issues and compliance. On the banking side, 'very well-rounded' partner Reena Agrawal Sahni routinely handles Volcker Rule compliance, M&A and incorporation of new entities in the US.  In addition, Agrawal Sahni has advised clients facing investigations and regulatory enforcement actions arising from issues such as anti-money laundering. Counsel Jennifer Morton is another contact in the broker-dealer practice.

Practice head(s):

Russell Sacks; Reena Agrawal Sahni

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Shearman & Sterling LLP's financial restructuring and insolvency group in New York, Houston, and Washington DC has a strong national and international presence. This and its strong ties with the London office allow it to act on different cross-border deals in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The department, led by Fredric Sosnick, is particularly sought after for power and oil and gas cases, as well as in the natural resources field. Ned Schodek is a star partner who advises on prepackaged and traditional Chapter 11 cases as well as out-of-court workouts and DIP financings. Luckey McDowell and Ian Roberts joined in late spring 2019 from Baker Botts L.L.P.

Practice head(s):

Fredric Sosnick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shearman’s team is always highly engaged on assignments, ensuring a high level of responsiveness and the ability to bring the right skills (at the right levels) to each issue. The team has a high degree of understanding of cross-border issues, and can make valuable contributions to local considerations, and has a history of working well with local counsel’

‘Ned Schodek is an energetic and responsive partner who delivers excellent value to each assignment, especially in financial services businesses. He is well versed in cross border issues and works well with local counsel. Michael Guippone is up and coming and makes a valuable contribution to the team, with excellent research and report writing skills’

Key clients

Citibank, NA

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch

Nuverra Environmental Solutions

EcoElectrica LP

Barbados Creditor Group

Barclays Bank

Fallbrook Technologies

Natixis

John C. McKenna and Eleanor Fisher

Ad Hoc Group of AMR Equity Interests

Medley

Halcyon

Credit Value Partners

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Ad Hoc Group of Holders of 6.75% Notes issued by Windstream Holding of the Midwest

Seaport Loan Products

Wilmington Trust

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Ad Hoc Group First Lien Lender Group, which includes Caspian, CQS, Canyon, CPPIB, Jefferies, J.H. Lane, Richmond Hill, and York

An ad hoc group consisting of noteholders of Topaz Solar Farms

Ankura Trust Company

Clearway Energy, Clearway Energy Group

Marubeni Corporation

NRG Energy

TerraForm Power

Affiliates of Alphabet

Brightsource Energy

DJH Minerals

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 5

Primarily based out of the firm's New York office and also able to leverage international resources from across the EMEA region, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well-placed to advise strategic investors, funds, and lenders across the spectrum of domestic and cross-border power projects from a finance, M&A and restructuring perspective. The firm is particularly strong at handling project finance-related work for commercial lenders, as well as development banks and multilateral institutions. New York-based partner Gregory Tan is one of the primary contacts.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization

Banking and finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP has shown deep commitment to Latin America over the last few decades. Like many of its key rivals it stands out for its expertise in energy, infrastructure and mining-and-metals finance, although it has more than respectable credentials in a range of products including acquisition finance, structured financings and bank/bond financings. The firm has extensive geographic coverage from Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras, down to Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Clients include Credit Agricole, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Transelec and Banco Nacional de México. The practice group advised Transelec Concesiones on a $358m loan facility (and associated interest rate hedging) for the individualised portfolio construction financing of four independent transmission lines and four associated independent substations in Chile; Export Development Canada, KfW IPEX-Bank and MUFG Bank acted as mandated lead arrangers. It also advised BBVA and the other lead arrangers on a $450m refinancing for Mexico's Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua; and Citibank and Santander on a club deal for the refinancing of Peruvian beverage company Grupo AJE, which has subsidiaries in more than 20 different jurisdictions. Denise Grant is an experienced and versatile finance specialist with an excellent standing in acquisition finance, refinancing and project finance. Gregory Tan leads the global project development and finance group, and is a recognised specialist in Latin America energy and infrastructure financings. Cynthia Urda Kassis heads the metals-and-mining practice and is 'fabulous to deal with', 'one of the senior finance practitioners out there', 'calm and thoughtful' and 'a real facilitator for clients in getting a transaction closed'; he 'deserves plenty of praise'. Alexandro Padrés  has a particularly fine record in Mexico, Chile and the Dominican Republic, where he has worked on a series of headline power and mining sector financings. Augusto Ruiloba  is the key name at senior associate level and is recommended by several clients.

Projects and energy > Projects and energy Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP has further cemented its prominent standing in Latin America projects and energy. The firm is active across the energy, infrastructure and mining segments and has impressive geographic coverage from Argentina to Mexico and the Caribbean. Much of the Latin America practice sits in New York and Sao Paulo. Clients include Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo (Cofide), Credit Agricole, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Transelec, Banco Nacional de México, JP Morgan Chase, Itaú Unibanco, Credit Suisse, Ecopetrol, Metropolitan Life Insurance and BlackRock. It advised the commercial and development banks on Enel Green Power's portfolio project financing of three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico; the Don Jose, Villanueva I and Villanueva III projects have an aggregate value of $1bn. In another landmark deal, it advised a group of purchasers of private placement secured notes, on the $1.25bn refinancing of the construction of the Longitudinal de la Sierra Norte Tramo 2 toll road project in Peru. Other matters included representing Los Guindos Generación, a joint venture owned by General Electric and the Inprolec Group, in the financing of the expansion of Los Guindos' existing diesel-fired power station located in the Bío Bío region, Chile; the project will increase capacity by 133MW. The Latin America team is praised for its 'incredible experience and leadership', which comes to to the fore in negotiations with counterparties. It is 'quick to address outstanding issues' and has 'strength in all Americas regions'. The group is frequently singled out for its lender-side representation. Gregory Tan is another giant of the market, who is 'efficient, explains the issues and makes recommendations very well'; he has has 'an amicable approach to address issues, is patient, provides great availability and has lots of experience in North and South America based transactions across many different industry sectors'. Cynthia Urda Kassis is another top practitioner with a tremendous record in energy and infrastruture; she remains one of the market leaders in mining projects in the region. Robert Freedman is a senior member of the practice with deep expertise in energy and oil-and-gas finance, development and acquisitions. Denise Grant has outstanding financing credentials and has worked on some of the headline deals of recent years in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil and elsewhere. Alexandro Padrés has made a significant impression on the market, particularly in power and mining projects in Mexico, Chile and Peru; he is 'a great lawyer and a pleasure to work with' and is recognised for his broad experience across the projects and energy sphere. Senior associate Augusto Ruiloba  is a rising star.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP is making a considerable impact on the market, bringing its M&A standing further in line with its excellence in banking and finance, projects and energy, and capital markets. Much credit for was due to Sao Paulo office-head was due to Jonathan Kellner, who elevated the firm's M&A reputation considerably; however, he departed to Paul Hastings LLP in August 2019. Nevertheless the M&A team has successfully leveraged the wider Latin America group's standing in power, oil and gas, renewables and mining and metals, and has achieved further success in finance-sector M&A deals. Clients include Liberty Global, Anglo American, Energía del Pacífico, ArcelorMittal, GE Global Capital, ExxonMobil and TPG. The team advised Anglo American on Mitsubishi Corporation’s $600m acquisition of an additional 22% equity interest in Anglo American Quellaveco, which owns the Quellaveco copper project in Peru; an also assisted Energía del Pacífico with its $342m sale of a 25% stake in Peruvian power generation companies Kallpa Generación and Samay I to Nautilus Inkia Holdings, a portfolio company of I Squared Capital. In private equity, the team advised TPG on its acquisition of Abengoa's operating electricity transmission line assets in Brazil. The Latin America M&A team is 'very deal oriented, especially in the Brazilian environment'; group members 'know when American practice and Brazilian practice may differ and they know how to respect that'. It has 'the most efficient team in Brazil to advise companies on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border deals'. Global managing partner George Casey is a recognised dealmaker with experience in Latin America deals; despite his management responsibilities he remains incredibly active in transactions. Waajid Siddiqui is recommended for upstream and downstream oil-and-gas deals in the region and Cody Wright 'is a brilliant attorney and does an excellent job on Latin America transactions'. Manuel Orillac and Rory O’Halloran are key names in the Houston office, which was launched in May 2018. All other partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Capital markets > Capital markets

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.

International arbitration > International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP is representing the Republic of Panama in an ICSID arbitration relating to a series of infrastructure construction projects and is acting for a Latin American aviation consultancy firm in two disputes with European manufacturers arising from the termination of agency contracts. Christopher RyanHenry Weisburg and recently promoted partner Ximena Herrera are names to note.

As one of the first law firms to establish a presence in key global markets, Shearman & Sterling LLP has led the way in serving clients wherever they do business for more than 140 years. From major financial centers to emerging markets, the firm has the reach, depth and global perspective necessary to advise clients on their most complex worldwide business needs.

Shearman & Sterling is organized as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 850 lawyers in more than 20 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. In addition, nearly half of its lawyers practice outside the United States. Clients rely on the vast Shearman & Sterling global network to help accomplish their business goals, whether they are complex cross-border transactions or local deals.

Shearman & Sterling understands its clients’ needs, with an innovative spirit honed over the past 14 decades to find creative ways to anticipate and address their problems. Harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its lawyers across the firm’s extensive global footprint, Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises. Those clients, in turn, continue to choose the firm for its distinctive ability to leverage the knowledge and judgment of one of the world’s largest and most accomplished cross-border legal teams – a team ideally situated to counsel clients in this challenging 21st-century global economy.

Shearman & Sterling works across practices and jurisdictions to provide the highest quality legal services, bringing its collective experience to bear on issues facing clients. The firm’s areas of practice include antitrust and competition, capital markets, emerging growth, executive compensation and employee benefits, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property transactions, international arbitration, international trade and investment, investment funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, private capital, project development and finance, public international law, real estate, sustainable development, and tax.

For further information, please visit Shearman & Sterling’s website at www.shearman.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition Matthew Readings
Antitrust/competition David Higbee
Capital markets – the Americas Jonathan DeSantis
Compensation, governance and ERISA Doreen Lilienfeld
Corporate governance Stephen Giove
Corporate governance Doreen Lilienfeld
Corporate governance Clare O'Brien
Derivatives and structured products Donna Parisi
Derivatives and structured products Patrick Clancy
Emerging growth Matt Lyons
Emerging growth Carmelo Gordian
Emerging growth Alan Bickerstaff
Finance – US Maura O'Sullivan
Finance – US Ronan Wickes
Financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory Barney Reynolds
Financial restructuring and insolvency Fredric Sosnick
Intellectual property transactions Jordan Altman
International arbitration Emmanuel Gaillard
International trade and investment Robert LaRussa
Investment funds Laura Friedrich
Litigation Adam Hakki
Mergers and acquisitions George Casey
Mergers and acquisitions Scott Petepiece
Privacy and data protection Jeewon Kim Serrato
Private capital Scott Petepiece
Private capital Gus Atiyah
Private capital Joshua Thompson
Private capital Brien Wassner
Project development and finance Gregory Tan
Public international law Yas Banifatemi
Real estate Malcolm Montgomery
Sustainable development Robert Freedman
Sustainable development Patricia Hammes
Tax Laurence Crouch
Tax Michael Shulman
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Ms Paula Anderson  photo Ms Paula Anderson Partner
Ms K. Mallory Brennan  photo Ms K. Mallory Brennan Partner
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Mr Malcolm Montgomery  photo Mr Malcolm Montgomery Partner
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Senior Partner : David Beveridge
Global Managing Partners : George Casey
Global Managing Partners : Adam Hakki
Other Offices : Abu Dhabi
Other Offices : Beijing
Other Offices : Brussels
Other Offices : Dubai
Other Offices : Frankfurt
Other Offices : Hong Kong
Other Offices : London
Other Offices : Milan
Other Offices : Paris
Other Offices : Rome
Other Offices : São Paulo
Other Offices : Saudi Arabia
Other Offices : Shanghai
Other Offices : Singapore
Other Offices : Tokyo
Other Offices : Toronto
Number of Partners (US) : 119
Number of Other Fee-Earners (US) : 388

Shearman & Sterling has been a leading international law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than a century, and has played an active role in the economic development of the region.

Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America practice is distinguished by its deep knowledge and experience across countries; passion and commitment to the economic and social well-being of Latin America; understanding of the different cultures and the legal, political and economic drivers within the region; and remarkable resourcefulness and ability to think out of the box, making it an unrivalled problem solver.

The firm’s Latin America practice group includes more than 60 attorneys, including 40 partners and counsel situated in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, who work as a cohesive integrated team. Its attorneys are not only fully conversant in Spanish and Portuguese but also have extensive experience with the business environment in Latin America and are knowledgeable about laws and regulations throughout the region.

Its intimate knowledge of local markets, coupled with the broad capabilities of a truly international firm, have made it the law firm of choice for companies, financial institutions, governments, governmental entities and multilateral agencies.

Its team of lawyers assists clients throughout the region with their legal needs, with an emphasis on: antitrust; bank finance; capital markets; derivatives; financial regulatory; international arbitration; investment funds; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; project development and finance; real estate; and tax.

Opened in 2004, the Sao Paulo office is one of the most well-established foreign law presences in Brazil. The Sao Paulo lawyers work closely with colleagues around the world to provide clients with world-class legal services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust Jessica K Delbaum
Investment funds Laura S Friedrich
Investment funds Sean Finely
Capital markets and M&A Antonia E Stolper
Capital markets and M&A Stuart Fleischmann
Capital markets and M&A Manuel Orillac
Capital markets and M&A Jeremy Kutner
Capital markets and M&A George Karafotias
Capital markets and M&A Rory O'Halloran
Capital markets and M&A Jonathan Kellner
Capital markets and M&A Clare O'Brien
Capital markets and M&A Robert Ellison
Capital markets and M&A George Casey
Capital markets and M&A Grissel Mercado
Financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory Russell D Sacks
Financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory Thomas Donegan
International arbitration Christopher M Ryan
International arbitration Henry Weisburg
International arbitration Jonathan Greenblatt
International arbitration Ximena Herrera-Bernal
Litigation Philip E Urofsky
Litigation Jerome Fortinsky
Litigation Stephen Fishbein
Litigation John Nathanson
Litigation Brian Burke
Bank finance Denise M Grant
Project development and finance Gregory Tan
Project development and finance Cynthia Urda Kassis
Project development and finance Robert Freedman
Project development and finance Howard Steinberg
Project development and finance Alexandro Padres
Real estate Malcolm K Montgomery
Real estate Lisa Brill

Shearman & Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of their clients’ businesses and the industries they operate in, the firm’s work is driven by their clients’ need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

Shearman & Sterling is organized as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 900 lawyers in 23 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. Clients rely on the vast Shearman & Sterling global network to help accomplish their business goals, whether they are complex cross-border transactions or local deals.  

The firm’s areas of practice include Antitrust; Capital Markets; Compensation, Governance & ERISA; Derivatives & Structured Products; Emerging Growth; Finance; Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory; Financial Restructuring & Insolvency; Intellectual Property Transactions; International Arbitration; Investment Funds; Litigation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Privacy & Data Protection; Private Client; Project Development & Finance, Public International Law; Real Estate; and Tax.

For further information, please visit Shearman & Sterling’s website at www.shearman.com.

 

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust David Higbee
Antitrust Matthew Readings
Capital Markets JD DeSantis
Compensation, Governance & ERISA Doreen Lilienfeld
Derivatives & Structured Products Azam Aziz
Derivatives & Structured Products Donna Parisi
Emerging Growth J. Matthew Lyons
Finance Maura O'Sullivan
Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Barney Reynolds
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Fredric Sosnick
Fintech Donna Parisi
Intellectual Property Transactions Jordan Altman
International Arbitration Emmanuel Gaillard
Investment Funds Laura Friedrich
Litigation Adam Hakki
Litigation Patrick Robbins
Litigation Richard Schwed
Mergers & Acquisitions George Casey
Mergers & Acquisitions Scott Petepiece
Privacy & Data Protection Emma Maconick
Private Client C. Jones Perry
Private Client Anna Salek
Project Development & Finance Gregory Tan
Public International Law Yas Banifatemi
Real Estate Malcolm Montgomery
Tax Michael Shulman
Number of Partners : Approximately 220
Number of Lawyers : Approximately 900

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  • Continue our track record of excellence in serving clients.

Recruitment: Building a Diverse Workforce

We are committed to creating a diverse workforce that truly represents the communities in which we do business.

  • Law school student organizations: We have cultivated relationships with diverse law student organizations.
  • Interview process: We regularly review our interview process to ensure fairness. On an annual basis, we conduct interviewer training, stressing behavioral questions that minimize unconscious bias and elicit information on relevant work experience.
  • Professional Development: Encouraging a Diversity of Growth

    We believe that training our teams and providing opportunities for career advancement are integral to retaining high-quality, diverse talent. Through our professional development program, we provide a comprehensive training curriculum for all our lawyers, including specialized training in management, leadership and effective communication.

    Throughout our professional development programming, we hope to encourage our lawyers to continue learning and, in doing so, continue fostering an inclusive environment.

    Internal Networks: Diversity in Action

    Our internal inclusion networks form an integral part of our culture, encouraging diversity throughout the firm and providing opportunities for their members. Their focus is on building strong relationships internally and within the broader legal and business communities through thought leadership and other events.

    Our networks include:

    • Alianza (Latin American Inclusion Network)
    • AVALANCHE (Association of Various Asia-Interested Lawyers Aligned for Nondiscrimination, Community, Honor and Excellence)
    • BLAQUE (Black Lawyers Aligned in the Quest for Excellence)
    • Sterling Pride (LGBT Inclusion Network)
    • WISER (Women’s Initiative for Success, Excellence and Retention)