Gus M. Atiyah


Gus Atiyah is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Finance practice, Head of Private Capital and Head of the Washington DC office. He focuses his practice on all aspects of private finance transactions, including leveraged financing transactions ranging from syndicated senior facilities, second-lien facilities, leveraged buyouts and debt restructurings to recapitalizations and debt investments. He also assists equity and debt funds in raising fund-level financings.

Gus represents private equity sponsors, financial institutions, hedge funds, debt funds, sovereign wealth funds, and public and private companies, and his clients include New Mountain Capital, Symphony Technology Group, Vector Capital, Mubadala, Fidelity Investments, CVS Health, and Legg Mason. He is consistently recognized by The Legal 500 United States, which notes that he is “extremely responsive and very thoughtful” and “always eager to assist.

Selected Experience

  • Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Hawker Beechcraft in connection with financings and other related matters relating to a $1.7 billion credit facility led by Credit Suisse, as agent and lender.
  • New Mountain Capital and JDA Software Group, Inc. in connection with a $1.45 billion recapitalization transaction.
  • Symphony Technology Group and First Advantage Corporation in connection with a dividend recapitalization consisting of a $535 million  first lien credit facility led by Bank of America and a $150 million second lien credit facility led by Tennebaum Capital Partners.
  • Vector Capital in connection with the $375 million recapitalization and acquisition financing for the take private acquisition of Halogen Software, Inc.
  • Salesforce.com in connection with the $500 million term loan facility to finance the tender offer for Demandware, Inc.’s shares.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1997, with honors
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1994, magna cum laude


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