This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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One of the first firms to establish a presence in key global markets, Shearman & Sterling is committed to serving its clients wherever they do business. The firm has 20 offices on four continents serviced by almost 900 lawyers and is considered “truly market-leading”. The firm’s global reach is matched by an impressive depth of expertise across a full range of practice areas. In total, the firm achieves 66 listings across 16 areas of law.
|SHEARMAN & STERLING LLP|
|TOTAL LAWYERS LISTED IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 66|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||5||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Aviation||2||M & A||7|
|Capital Markets||6||Oil & Gas||3|
|Corporate Governance||2||Project Finance||12|
|Corporate Tax||4||Public Procurement||1|
Project finance emerges as the firm’s strongest practice with 12 lawyers selected for inclusion from six of the firm’s offices. Cynthia Urda Kassis is one of the leading individuals in the research overall and is additionally recognised by our publication in the areas of banking, mining and public procurement. Her “first-rate” practice is well regarded in the international market and she continues to impress clients with her “efficient and responsive manner”. Also in New York, deputy practice group leader of the firm’s project development and finance group Gregory Tan is considered “top notch” for projects in the energy and infrastructure industries. Jeanne Olivier earns high praise for her “strong technical abilities” and is listed in our banking and project finance chapters. She also advises sponsors and lenders in political risk insurance matters. London-based Nicholas Buckworth’s notable matters include advising the European Investment Bank in relation to its £200 million financing towards the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link as well as advising DVB Bank as lenders in relation to the $55 million financing of the acquisition and expansion of the Curacao Airport. Alongside him, Tim Pick heads the global project development and finance group at the firm and is listed for both his project finance and oil and gas expertise. He has particular experience in working with Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds on the financing of their external investments and of Islamic financing. Christophe Asselineau heads the firm’s Africa practice and the project development and finance group in Paris. He is highly regarded for both his mining and project finance abilities and is praised by clients as “world class”. Managing partner of the Abu Dhabi office, Philip Dundas is “well versed” in the areas of project finance, oil and gas and M&A and earns a listing in each respective chapter.
Shearman & Sterling fields eight lawyers to the banking chapter, seven of whom are based in the firm’s New York office. Antonia Stolper, head of the firm’s capital markets-Americas group, focuses her practice on corporate finance transactions in emerging markets and her notable transactions include advising Credit Suisse and J P Morgan as initial purchasers of Banco Davivienda for $500 million of senior notes. She is listed in the banking and capital markets chapters. Stuart Fleischmann has a broad experience in public and private securities transactions, particularly those involving Latin American issuers and structured financings. In London, Anthony Ward is “greatly admired” by peers and clients for his practice focusing on bank finance.
Eight lawyers represent the firm in the competition chapter, with four lawyers each in the Brussels and New York office. Leading lawyer Trevor Soames specialises in EU and member state competition and regulatory law, with strong expertise in the aviation sector earning him an additional listing in that chapter. Stephen C Mavroghenis is co-head of the firm’s global antitrust group and has extensive experience in the aviation, chemicals, energy, high-tech and information technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufacturing and media and entertainment industries. Julian M Joshua recently joined the firm as of counsel in its Brussels office and is “internationally renowned” for his expertise in the field. In New York, Wayne D Collins has over 30 years’ experience in antitrust law and specialises in the defence of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures before competition agencies throughout the world. Lisl J Dunlop is “first class” in antitrust litigation and has represented major corporations in complex cases including multidistrict treble damages class actions.
Shearman & Sterling’s M&A practice garners seven inclusions in the corresponding chapter. The New York office is best represented with four lawyers singled out as “outstanding” in the field of M&A. Peter Lyons is a “well-known” name in the sector having advised leading US and global companies in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies, asset acquisition, disposition transactions and joint ventures. Creighton Condon is the firm’s senior partner and holds a “prestigious reputation” in the legal market for his M&A expertise. In Düsseldorf, Georg Thoma is recognised for his M&A and corporate governance expertise and is a “trusted adviser” to many leading companies. In San Francisco, Steve Camahort focuses his practice on negotiated and hostile transactions in the technology, health care, financial services, entertainment and media, consumer products, aerospace, real estate and other industries.
Shearman & Sterling is proud to utilise its global platform to aid those who cannot afford legal representation. In 2012, the firm devoted approximately 46,000 hours to pro bono work ranging from UN tribunals to family law and environmental matters, legal clinics for natural disaster victims, veterans, artists or small businesses, employment discrimination and class action lawsuits.
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