Shearman And Sterling

Karl J. Pires is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

Karl has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients on a wide variety of cross-border M&A transactions, including strategic acquisitions, public tender offer bids, minority investments, consortium bids, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and business carve-outs. He has been based in Tokyo since 2008 and his practice focuses on representing Japanese clients on transactions outside Japan and assisting multinational clients with transactions in Japan. He has worked with clients across a broad range of sectors including energy transition (offshore wind, solar and hydrogen/ammonia), infrastructure (power generation, shipping and rail), industrial (automotive, machinery and chemicals), life sciences and healthcare (pharma, biotech and medical devices) and technology (semiconductors, software, e-commerce and telecommunications). The clients he represents include publicly listed corporations, privately held companies, utilities, government-affiliated and private financial institutions, pension funds, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds.

In addition to his work with clients, Karl has been an Adjunct Professor at the Keio University Law School in Tokyo since 2014 where he teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions.