Shearman And Sterling

Jonathan Lewis is a counsel in the Capital Markets practice and a member of our Latin America Practice Group. Jonathan provides New York law and English law advice to clients in a wide range of corporate and financial transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities (with a particular focus on high-yield debt and SEC-registered transactions), liability management transactions, restructurings, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and governance/compliance.

He has extensive experience in Brazil and regularly represents issuers, underwriters, selling shareholders and sponsors across a range of industries, including banking and financial services, transportation, retail, energy, natural resources and industrials. Jonathan has extensive experience with complex capital structures and debt restructurings, as well as advising clients on corporate structural matters and preparing clients to become debut issuers in the capital markets.

Jonathan has been permanently based in Brazil since 2016 and during his career he has also practiced in New York, London, Dubai, Moscow, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Jonathan is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Chambers & Partners Brazil 2023, with clients noting “Jonathan Lewis is one of the best American lawyers here in Brazil, with a strong knowledge of US regulations. He knows how to deal with Brazilian players and also has strong commercial skills, which makes the negotiations smoother.” Clients also noted that Jonathan “is very responsive and is super available. He is a creative lawyer, always suggesting alternatives while having the client’s best interest in mind.”

In addition, Jonathan was recognized by Latinvex as one of “25 Rising Legal Stars in Latin America”. In October 2022, Jonathan was also recognized by Legal 500 client testimonials as being “One of the best—extremely knowledgeable, responsive and pays attention to details. Superb for high-yield covenants.