Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has elected 13 counsel and associates to the partnership across its worldwide platform. The new partners practice in six offices—Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Washington, DC—and in the capital markets, international arbitration, investment funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, and tax practice areas.
“I am delighted to welcome this exceptional group of lawyers to the partnership,” said Creighton Condon, Shearman & Sterling's senior partner. “Each of our new partners has demonstrated a commitment to our ‘clients-first’ principles and an outstanding ability to advise clients on complex legal and business issues. We know they will make important contributions to the success of our clients and our firm in the years to come.”
The following lawyers were elected partner:
John Adams (London-Investment Funds), Brian G. Burke (Hong Kong-Litigation), Ethan D. Harris (Washington, DC-Tax), Trevor Ingram (Singapore-Capital Markets), Merritt Johnson (New York-Capital Markets), Mark D. Lanpher (Washington, DC-Litigation), Christopher L. LaVigne (New York-Litigation), Rory O’Halloran (New York-Mergers & Acquisitions), Alexandro M. Padrés (New York-Project Development & Finance), Jeffrey J. Resetarits (New York-Litigation), Alexander Uff (London-International Arbitration), Alan Yeung (Hong Kong-Capital Markets) and Jennifer Younan (Paris-International Arbitration).
John Adams practices in the Investment Funds group in London. He advises on the formation, promotion and operation of all types of private and retail investment funds (including private equity, infrastructure, hedge and UCITS funds), and the drafting and negotiation of associated documentation. He also advises sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors in connection with their acquisitions, and disposals, of investments in private investment funds. In addition, John advises on UK and European regulatory issues relating to fund managers and investment products. John received an LL.B. in law from University College London, graduating with first class honors, and obtained a Distinction on the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.
Brian G. Burke practices in the Litigation group in Hong Kong and China. He regularly advises multinational corporations and financial institutions in all stages of investigations, litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. As a fluent Mandarin speaker, Brian focuses in particular on advising multinationals with operations in Greater China in the areas of FCPA/anti-corruption, shareholder litigation, antitrust, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and other regulatory and investigative matters. Brian received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese.
Ethan D. Harris practices in the Tax group in Washington, DC. He has a broad-based, transaction-oriented practice that includes structuring and negotiating the tax aspects of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate spin-offs, as well as capital markets transactions. He also assists multi-national clients with respect to internal planning strategies and restructurings and audits and other tax controversy matters. Ethan earned an LL.M. with highest distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Trevor Ingram practices in the Capital Markets group in Singapore. He advises clients on US federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings and other international capital markets transactions, and he has represented both issuers and underwriters in offerings of securities into the United States and internationally, including U.S. registered public offerings and Rule 144A and Regulation S placements of high yield debt and investment grade debt, initial public offerings and international rights offerings. Trevor holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, an M.B.A. and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.
Merritt S. Johnson practices in the Capital Markets group in New York. His work primarily involves representing investment banks in high yield debt issuances and leveraged buyouts. He also advises issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, follow-on offerings (both debt and equity) and liability management transactions. Merritt received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law.
Mark D. Lanpher practices in the Litigation group in Washington, DC. He has extensive experience handling government enforcement matters and civil and criminal litigation, including as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2011 to 2013. Mark also served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2007 to 2011, where he investigated and tried criminal fraud and organized crime cases. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities and corporate governance litigation, and internal investigations. Mark clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Korman on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for Judge Reena Raggi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University
Christopher L. LaVigne practices in the Litigation group in New York. His work focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. Chris served as a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2013, where he investigated and tried criminal cases. As a federal prosecutor, Chris focused on cases involving insider trading, investment adviser fraud, OFAC and FCPA violations, and terrorism matters. Chris clerked for U.S. District Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy of the Southern District of New York. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rory O’Halloran practices in the Mergers & Acquisitions group in New York. He represents US and international clients in a broad range of public and private M&A transactions, including in complex cross-border transactions, joint ventures and takeover defense strategies. His experience also includes special committee representations as well as advising clients on corporate governance matters. Rory received a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and a B.S. from Boston College, both magna cum laude.
Alexandro M. Padrés practices in the Project Development & Finance group in New York. He advises various financial institutions and corporate sponsors in the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on Mexico and Latin America generally. Alexandro holds an LL.M. from New York University School of Law and graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autonómo de México, A.C. (ITAM), Licenciado en Derecho.
Jeffrey J. Resetarits practices in the Litigation group in New York. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex class actions, as well as investigations and proceedings brought by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and FINRA. He previously served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice and as a law clerk to Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. of the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Jeff earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and received his B.A. from Georgetown University.
Alexander Uff practices in the International Arbitration group in London. He has advised on international arbitrations conducted under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, CRCICA and CAS Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations including under the UNCITRAL Rules. His experience includes joint ventures, investor-State disputes and disputes in many industry sectors, including, among others, oil and gas, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and technical disputes and delay claims, as well as sports arbitration. Alex holds degrees from the University of Oxford (St Hugh's College) and Columbia University.
Alan Yeung practices in the Capital Markets group in Hong Kong. He represents both issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings of securities into the US, including initial public offerings in the US and Hong Kong, investment grade and high yield debt offerings, and Rule 144A and Regulation S placements. He has also represented issuers in connection with their reporting obligations under US securities law and has experience with other corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, tender and exchange offers. Alan obtained a J.D. from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Jennifer Younan practices in the International Arbitration group in Paris. She advises and represents States, State-owned entities and companies in numerous international arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and Swiss Arbitration Rules, with a particular focus on international investment and general commercial matters. Jennifer received an M.Phil. in Public International Law and a B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College as well as an LL.B. and B.Com. from the University of New South Wales (Australia).