Shearman & Sterling LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Shearman & Sterling's London practice has a strong transactional focus, with matters involving financial services and the energy sector representing key areas of specialism. The London office has a significant international mandate with most of its work involving cross-border elements. It acts as a key staging point for the firm's European corporate and finance practice in conjunction with the firm's offices in Paris, Frankfurt and Milan.

The London team has built a tremendous reputation for its work advising lenders on major international banking and finance mandates. It also offers broader strengths in M&A and capital markets issues for corporates, with London particularly acting as lead European counsel for issuers and underwriters in debt and equity capital transactions. Also demonstrates strengths in international energy and infrastructure matters, particularly project finance, where the firm's excellent Middle Eastern network offers a powerful combination with the London team.

Strengths The London projects team impressed clients with its handling of matters where the international context is a decisive component, with one interviewee reporting: "They have demonstrated a perfect understanding of and agility in dealing with the key international features of our deal, from the multicultural aspects and biases at the negotiation table to the broader geopolitical developments impacting the deal."

One client reports: "I am impressed by the breadth and depth. They really are well covered from the London office and we got seamless coverage. That’s something that helps them stand out and it makes my job a lot easier."