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Shearman & Sterling LLP

599 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022-6069, USA
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George Casey

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Partner

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Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Shearman & Sterling LLP has demonstrated great determination to build out its M&A practice in Latin America. Having promoted São Paulo’s Jonathan Kellner, a fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker who is a ‘star in his field’, to partner in 2016, it then promoted São Paulo-based Andrea Campos to counsel in 2017. This comes at a time when the firm is experiencing notable growth in Brazil inbound transactions along with deals in other key economies such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and elsewhere. The core Latin America team has done well to target existing firm clients, including corporates and sovereign wealth funds. Kellner worked alongside New York partner Robert Freedman to advise GE Capital Global Holdings on its acquisition of a 25% stake in YPF Energía Eléctrica from Argentine oil-major, YPF. A New York team led by global M&A head (and global co-managing partner of the firm) George Casey, advised Liberty Global on its $9.3bn spin-off of Liberty Latin America. In another headline deal, it also advised Citigroup’s Mexican subsidiary Citibanamex on the sale of its asset management arm to global investment manager BlackRock. Other key partners include Latin America regional head Antonia Stolper, Manuel Orillac and Robert Ellison in São Paulo.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Leading lawyers

George Casey - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Shearman & Sterling LLP continues to impress in big-ticket domestic and cross-border M&A. The firm has built further market share in recent years and in 2018 it made additional inroads by launching new offices in Houston and Austin. The new offices offer a growing number of M&A partners and associates that are well-plugged into the oil and gas, industrials and technology sectors. The firm's 'dedication to client service is second to none', according to one client who also singles out its 'judgment and business sense', 'negotiation skills' and 'genuine care for its clients'. From its New York headquarters, the firm is also making a greater impression for big-name clients including CVS Health, The Dow Chemical Company, Liberty Global, Novartis and General Electric. It continued to advise CVS Health on its $77bn acquisition of Aetna, the leading diversified healthcare benefits company. It also advised Liberty Global on its €19bn sale of its operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic to Vodafone. Moreover, it advised Novartis on its $3.9bn all-cash acquisition of Advanced Accelerator Applications, the French cancer specialist company.  Global managing partner George Casey remains actively engaged in many of the team's headline deals for clients such as Dow Chemical and Novartis; he is 'a brilliant senior dealmaker', 'highly respected', has 'excellent business judgment' and is 'very pleasant to deal with'. Scott Petepiece leads the Americas M&A group and has strong connections to the likes of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Fairfax Financial and American Axle; he is 'probably the best negotiator I have ever come across in my 15+ years of M&A experience,' says one client who also comments how Petepiece is 'superbly knowledgeable and always delivers beyond what would typically be expected from an external counsel'. Robert Katz has emerged as a key name in the team, having taken a pivotal role on CVS Health's acquisition of Aetna and Liberty Global's sale of its operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic. Elected to the partnership in January 2018, Richard Fischetti is 'street smart and efficient', a 'young partner who has demonstrated an ability to get deals done in the most sensible manner for the client'.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Shearman & Sterling LLP displays ‘strong professional skills and knowledge’ across a broad-range of tax fields, including cross-border M&A deals, spin-offs and restructuring, and also advises on tax-efficient investment and operating structures. Among the team's recent work, international M&A has been particularly well represented, with Larry Crouch in Menlo Park and Ethan Harris in Washington DC advising CVS Health on its $77bn acquisition of Aetna. Harris also acted for General Electric in the multi-jurisdictional sale of its power distribution business to Advent International, valued at $3.5bn. In another highlight from Washington DC, Kristen Garry advised Citigroup on its sale of the Mexican asset management business Citibanamex to BlackRock. In New York, spin-offs lead partner Laurence Bambino, M&A partner George Casey and Harris structured the spin-off transactions for Liberty Global in connection with its issuance of tracking stock. Michael Shulman handled international restructuring matters on behalf of The Bank of Nova Scotia.

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