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Shearman & Sterling LLP
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Work Department

Leveraged Finance


European Regional Managing Partner, Global Head of Leveraged Finance and the EMEA Finance Team Leader


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > High yield

(Leading individuals)

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Shearman & Sterling LLP is ‘an approachable firm that takes time to listen to clients’ requirements before finding a solution which works‘. Known for its work for private equity sponsors, commercial banks, investment banks, mezzanine and second-lien providers, and corporate borrowers on leveraged and acquisition financings. A key deal showing the firm’s role in innovative areas of the markets was Ardagh Metal Packaging’s $2.8bn high yield green bond offering that will finance or refinance eligible green projects as part of the Ardagh Group Green Financing Framework.  European regional managing partner and  EMEA finance team leader Ward McKimm and head of European capital markets Trevor Ingram are the principal practitioners, along with EMEA high yield specialist Marwa Elborai, who exhibits ‘a great level of creativity and problem-solving skills’. US-qualified senior associate Gordon Houseman increasingly plays a pivotal role in major deals.

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Led by capital markets partner Ward McKimm, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s seven-partner London-based finance team provides a ‘very commercial and solutions-led‘ service to a bank-focused client base, including on mandates where an integrated English and New York law bank and bond structure is necessary. While the leveraged finance market accounts for much of this work, the team also picks up its fair share of creditor-side investment grade mandates, as well as from corporate clients of the firm.

London > Finance > Acquisition finance

Fully integrated with the  London high yield practice, which is headed by Ward McKimm, as well as its international network, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s seven-partner London-based leveraged finance practice provides ‘commercial and solutions-oriented advice‘ to a lender-focused client base. Praised for his ability to ‘balance impressive intellectual acuity with humility and empathy’, Gary Hamp  is one of several recent hires, having joined the firm in September 2020 from Latham & Watkins LLP‘s Hong Kong office. Hamp adds further English law bank finance expertise to a team that already includes the ‘very client-focusedKorey Fevzi  (who also handles a considerable volume of mid-market work for private equity clients) and ‘consummate professionalPhilip Stopford. The recent addition of Sanjeev Dhuna  from Allen & Overy LLP in July 2021 further enhances the firm’s lender side credentials, not only on the bank side but also in the direct lending space, as a result of his credit fund pedigree.