Parisi, Donna M.

Donna M. Parisi

Donna M. Parisi is a partner, Co-Practice Group Leader of Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group (which includes the firm’s Derivatives & Structured Products team) and former member of the firm’s Executive Group. Ms. Parisi’s practice focuses on derivative, structured product, securitization, capital market and commodities matters. Legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and IFLR 1000 have for several years consistently ranked Ms. Parisi as a leader in her field, and in 2014 Ms. Parisi was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law award in recognition of outstanding legal work.

Specifically, Ms. Parisi has assisted clients in the development and structuring of new financial products and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of OTC derivative transactions, including equity, credit, hedge fund, fixed income, commodity and currency swaps and options, synthetic CDOs, structured products and hybrid financial instruments, as well as prime brokerage, debt trading and other cash and synthetic trading documentation. In addition, she has counseled clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues involving OTC derivative transactions. Ms. Parisi’s practice also includes the exchange-traded futures and options markets where she has advised a variety of futures market professionals, including futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators. Ms. Parisi has developed, documented and implemented risk management strategies, policies and procedures for clients in both the OTC and exchange-traded derivative markets.

Ms. Parisi also advises on investment management matters, including the representation of U.S. and non-U.S. investment advisory firms and investment funds. Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group advises clients globally on a wide range of private investment funds, including hedge funds, offshore funds, funds of funds and other types of funds in the “alternative asset” categories.

Ms. Parisi has been actively involved in helping to shape, analyze and comment upon the global regulatory reforms that have followed from the recent financial crisis. She has served as a panelist in reform-focused events held by outlets and institutions such as the Financial Times, the Glass Hammer and the Practising Law Institute. Ms. Parisi has also contributed to numerous client publications covering various aspects of The Dodd-Frank Act and other international regulatory reforms.

Recent Presentations and Events

  • Moderator, ARK Group’s Annual Forum – Women Legal 2016 (February 2016).
  • Moderator, MFA Forum 2015, View on the US and EU Regulatory Landscape and Concerns (June 2015).
  • Panelist, The Glass Hammer, Bringing Men on Board in Gender Diversity (March 2015).
  • Training Program for PLI: Understanding Financial Products 2015 (January 2015).
  • Speaker, Chatham House Global Financial Markets Conference, Derivatives and Market Infrastructure (March 2014).
  • Panelist, Financial Markets Association’s 2013 Treasury and Capital Markets Legal and Legislative Issues Conference, Derivatives (October 2013).
  • Speaker, FX Invest North America 2013, FX Trading in a Regulated World (April 2013).
  • Panelist, PLI’s Understanding Financial Products 2013, Derivatives Products (January 2013).
  • Panelist, PLI’s Understanding Financial Products 2012, Derivatives Products (February 2012).
  • Speaker, DerivSource Podcast, Global Reach of Dodd-Frank: A Legal Perspective (February 2012).
  • Speaker, DerivSource Podcast, Extraterritoriality of Dodd-Frank: Legal Perspective & Update (January 2012).
  • Moderator, The Glass Hammer Panel, Managing Risk and Finding Growth in the New Regulatory Environment (July 2011).
  • Panelist, PLI’s Institutional Investor Forum 2011, Managing the Portfolio: Topical Legal Issues Confronting Lawyers Today (March 2011).
  • Panelist, PLI’s Financial Products Survey 2011, Derivatives Products After Dodd-Frank (February 2011).
  • Panelist, Financial Times Briefing, Market Structure Reforms: What’s Next? (November 2010).
  • Panelist, The Glass Hammer Event, Dodd-Frank Act (October 2010

Selected Publications

  • Donna M. Parisi and Barnabas Reynolds, “The Effects of Trans-Atlantic Reform on Margin for Uncleared Swaps: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Uncleared Swaps,” Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (February 2016).
  • Donna M. Parisi, Azam Aziz, Geoffrey Goldman, “Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps,” International Law Office (April 2015).
  • Donna M. Parisi, The Federal Reserve Proposes Super-Equivalent Capital Surcharge for Global Systemically Important Banks, Shearman & Sterling, (January 2015).
  • Donna M. Parisi and Barnabas Reynolds, “Margin for Error: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Uncleared Swaps,” Banking Perspective, Quarter 4 2014, The Clearing House (November 2014).
  • Donna M. Parisi and Nhung Pham, “The Treasury FX Swaps, FX Forwards Exemption,” Derivatives Week, Derivatives Intelligence (December 2012).
  • Donna M. Parisi, “Extraterritorial Impact of Title VII of Dodd-Frank Act,” DerivSource (March 2012).


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Vassar College, B.A., 1989
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