Partner Jonathan DeSantis (New York-Capital Markets/Finance), named a “Rising Star” by Law360, was profiled by the publication on April 18. Law360’s Rising Stars Awards recognize lawyers under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments belie their age." DeSantis was chosen in large part due to his outstanding work helping Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., UBS AG and several other major banks secure the financing necessary to help close some of the biggest corporate deals in 2015.
DeSantis began his career counseling banks on leveraged finance transactions and moved to Bank of America just before the financial crisis hit, before joining Shearman & Sterling to resume counseling on deals. He has experience on both the banking and legal sides of a transaction, allowing him to understand parts of a transaction that a lawyer would not normally get to see. “Having been involved, I ... can try to help anticipate concerns, which someone without the banking experience might not have that same insight,” he said.