Shearman & Sterling LLP

Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its expertise on high-end, cross-border M&A transactions, acting for large domestic and international corporations on both the buy and sell sides. Additionally covers corporate advisory work, including advice to management boards. Clients stem from a range of industries including energy and financial services. Particularly active on transactions in the chemical industry.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's smooth cross-border co-ordination. One client reports: "It was easy for them to plug in know-how from other offices, it was seamless and reliable."

Another client considers the team to be "fast, precise, customer-oriented and flexible in terms of requirements and speed."

Work highlights Assisted General Electric with the USD3.25 million sale of its Distributed Power business to Advent International.

Notable practitioners

Georg Thoma
has long been considered one of Germany's most esteemed corporate advisers. He frequently provides boardroom advice to DAX 30 companies. Sources attest that he is "very experienced in board-level topics and strategy."

Thomas König
frequently handles cross-border transactions, including inbound acquisitions. His practice also features corporate mandates, including reorganisations. One client enthuses: "He isalways brilliant in negotiations as he knows our needsand can sort out divisive topics with counterparts. You can rely on him 100%."