Shearman And Sterling

News July 05, 2022

Shearman & Sterling Announces Nine Counsel Promotions

Shearman & Sterling has promoted nine lawyers to counsel in eight practice areas and five of its offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. The promotions span the Compensation, Governance & ERISA, Finance, Intellectual Property Transactions, International Arbitration, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Development & Finance and Tax practices and are effective as of July 1, 2022. This follows Shearman & Sterling's recent announcement of 12 new partners in June.

“Our newly promoted colleagues are outstanding lawyers with unique backgrounds who all share a commitment to the highest standards of client service,” said David Beveridge, Shearman & Sterling’s Senior Partner. “These promotions recognize the importance of promoting and developing our internal talent and are indicative of the continued execution of our strategy to strengthen our core practices with the greatest potential for the firm, aligning with market opportunities.

The following lawyers were promoted:


  • Matthew Behrens is a member of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice in New York. He advises both U.S. and non-U.S. companies on corporate governance and disclosure matters related to executive compensation and employee issues implicated in mergers and acquisitions. He regularly counsels clients on equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment, retention and severance arrangements, as well as the application of ERISA to the structuring and operation of private investment funds. Matthew received his J.D. from Cardozo School of Law and his LL.M from NYU Law School.
  • JB Betker is a member of the Intellectual Property Transactions Group in New York. He advises clients on the intellectual property and technology aspects of transactional matters, including licensing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings and capital markets offerings. JB received his B.S. in physics and B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
  • Patrick Colsher is a member of the Litigation practice in Menlo Park. A registered patent attorney with a technical background in electrical and biomedical engineering, Patrick focuses his practice on intellectual-property litigation and trial proceedings in district court, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Office. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.
  • Michael Daly is a member of the Tax practice in New York. His practice focuses on financial instruments, structured finance and securitization transactions, including both transactional work and tax planning advice. He regularly advises a range of U.S.-based and non-U.S. financial institutions. Michael received his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law.
  • Robert O’Leary is a member of the Project Development & Finance practice in New York. He focuses on energy, infrastructure and natural resources transactions in the U.S. and Latin America, is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience representing developers, sponsors, investors, commercial banks and multilateral and development finance institutions throughout the region. Robert received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.


  • Aymeric Robine is a member of the Mergers & Acquisition practice in Paris. He is specialized in mergers and acquisitions, disposals and private equity transactions (including management packages) and advises investments funds, listed and non-listed companies and their management teams. Aymeric received his Master 2 Droit des Affaires et Fiscalité (DJCE) from the University of Lyon III.
  • Pierre Tardivo is a member of the Finance Group practice in Paris. He acts as an adviser in acquisition finance, representing financial institutions - senior banks, debt funds and mezzanine lenders, sponsors and borrowers, as well as an adviser in restructurings of LBO debt. Pierre received a LL.M. from the University of Connecticut and a LL.M. from the University of Aix en Provence.


  • Jieni Ji is a member of the Litigation practice in Shanghai. Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance, data protection, internal investigations, government enforcement actions and complex cross-border commercial disputes. Jieni received her LL.B. and B.A. from Fudan University and earned her LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
  • Dimitrios Katsikis is a member of the International Arbitration practice based in Singapore. He represents clients in commercial and investment arbitrations with a nexus to Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and a focus on power, oil & gas and construction. He also advises on pre-arbitration dispute management and has experience sitting as arbitrator. Dimitrios is dual-qualified (New York and England and Wales), received his LL.B. Hons from University College London and completed the BCL at the University of Oxford.