Michael McGuinness, a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, leads the firm’s Latin American M&A practice. A fluent Spanish speaker of Mexican descent, he manages complicated, cross-border transactions in the region, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. He also maintains an active U.S. M&A practice.
Mr. McGuinness returned to Shearman & Sterling in 2009 from General Electric, where he held a number of senior legal roles, including General Counsel of GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies. While at GE, he received CEO Awards in recognition of his work on the sale of GE Insurance Solutions, the sale of a majority interest in Genpact and the purchase of Smiths Aviation.
Mr. McGuinness was recognized as a “Legal Star” by the Latin Business Chronicle in its publication of the leading 30 lawyers from international firms and is ranked as a “Leading Individual” for Latin American Corporate and M&A by The Legal 500. Mr. McGuinness also received an honorable mention Dealmaker of the Year from the American Lawyer in 2012 for his frequent presence on Latin American transactions.
Mr. McGuinness is an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee.