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News Aug 18, 2014

Shearman & Sterling Strengthens Global Financial Regulatory Practice with Addition of Reena Agrawal Sahni in New York

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has bolstered its global financial regulatory practice with the addition of Reena Agrawal Sahni, who joins the firm as a partner in the New York office.

Ms. Sahni comes to Shearman & Sterling from Davis Polk, where she advised clients in the area of bank regulation, bank insolvency, and bank capital markets transactions, including Dodd-Frank Act regulatory reform implementation for U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions. She has also advised financial institutions and trade associations on bank resolution, recovery, and resolution planning and cross-border bank resolution issues. Ms. Sahni also served as a Senior Attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“We are delighted that Reena is joining our Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice and our firm,” said Creighton Condon, the firm’s Senior Partner. “She is highly regarded as a leading adviser on Dodd-Frank Act and other financial regulatory reform matters, as well as a broad range of bank regulatory issues.”

London-based partner Barnabas Reynolds, global head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice, added, “This is the perfect time for Reena to join our firm. Our financial institutions business is expanding considerably. Our unique trans-Atlantic regulatory and product expertise, and ability to navigate the regulatory frameworks across the Atlantic, is in ever-increasing demand. We have developed a number of software-based solutions for banks for enterprise risk and legal risk management, as well as our Volcker Assistant, which have had a significant uptake from clients. Reena is a very welcome addition, given her broad-based expertise in bank and securities regulation and her great reputation.”

Ms. Sahni has also written extensively on US financial regulatory matters and has been a speaker at a number of conferences. She was recognized in 2013 as a Rising Star by IFLR1000.

“This has been, and continues to be, an active time in financial regulation in the U.S. and around the world, and Shearman & Sterling’s global capabilities and reputation are truly exceptional,” Ms. Sahni said. “I look forward to joining the talented group at Shearman & Sterling and supporting the firm’s important work on behalf of banks and other financial institutions.”

Ms. Sahni received her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 2001, where she was a James Kent Scholar, and an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1996.