Wilson, John D.

John D. Wilson


John Wilson has been a partner of Shearman & Sterling since 1988. From 2001 to 2010 he served as the Managing Partner for Shearman & Sterling’s Bay Area offices. From 2005 until 2009, he served as an elected member of the firm’s Policy Committee. Prior to 2001, he was a partner in the London office for five years, in the Paris office for three years, and in the New York office. He concentrates on securities and finance matters and mergers and acquisitions, including initial public offerings and other global equity securities offerings, complex acquisitions and joint ventures. He also regularly advises companies, Boards of Directors and Audit Committees on corporate governance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, internal investigations, fiduciary duties and disclosure matters. Mr. Wilson has an extensive background in high yield debt, private equity and acquisition finance transactions, and public recapitalizations and restructurings.

Mr. Wilson is listed as a leading capital markets lawyer in the Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, a practice area directory produced by Euromoney Publications LLC. He is also listed as one of the nation’s leading capital markets lawyers in Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best USA 2012 Expert Guide and in Band 1 for California capital markets lawyers in the 2012 Chambers USA Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Selected Experience

  • Various Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth funds in connection with cross-border investments and related activities, including the formation of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor Ltd.
  • Levi Strauss & Co. (apparel) on general securities law compliance, SEC reports, disclosure and related matters, including its high yield debt offerings and related debt tender offers
  • PowerLight Corporation in connection with its acquisition by SunPower Corporation in 2007
  • STMicroelectronics, N.V. (semiconductors) in connection with its initial public offering in the United States, ongoing U.S. securities law compliance, SEC reports, various common stock, convertible debt and other offerings, disclosure matters and various M&A projects, including its acquisition of Genesis Microchip Inc in 2008, the formation of its Numonyx joint venture in 2008 with Intel and Francisco Partners and the sale of Numonyx to Micron Technology Inc. in 2010


  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1979
    • Arthur Littleton Instructor
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1974, magna cum laude
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