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Sam Whitaker


Sam is a counsel in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group in the London office of Shearman & Sterling LLP. He provides the full range of employment and benefits advice on transactions and stand-alone employment matters. He has substantial experience of advising on the employment and benefits aspects of various transactions, including UK listings, share and asset acquisitions and disposals (both UK-based and multi-jurisdictional transactions), joint ventures and other transactions. He also provides the full range of stand-alone employment advice including the implementation of employment and benefit arrangements for senior executives, implementing executive severance arrangements, managing UK and international redundancy exercises and related consultation requirements, the establishment of share incentive and bonus plans, employment litigation involving restrictive covenants, unfair and wrongful dismissal and discrimination issues. He also advises various financial institutions on compliance with regulatory requirements on remuneration, in particular the FCA/PRA’s Remuneration Codes and, at a European level, CRDIV.

Sam has been recognised as a Notable Practitioner in the field of Employment (Employer) in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers and Partners UK.  

Selected Experience

  • Sompo Holdings on its acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings for US$6.3 billion
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market on its establishment as an international financial centre in the United Arab Emirates (awarded "Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year" at the British Legal Awards 2016)
  • Fairfax on its £1.2billion offer for Brit plc
  • Société Générale on its €251 million acquisition of Kleinwort Benson Bank Limited and Kleinwort Benson Channel Islands Holdings Limited


  • University of the South West of England, LSF, 1992
  • King's College London, University of London, B.A., LL.B., 1990


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