Global law firm Shearman & Sterling continues to grow its global M&A practice, announcing that Waajid Siddiqui has joined the firm as a partner in New York. In recent months, the firm also announced the addition of M&A partner Rob Masella in New York.
Mr. Siddiqui comes to Shearman & Sterling from Hogan Lovells, where he was a partner. He maintains a broad-based and very active mergers & acquisitions practice that is focused on representing corporates, financial institutions, oil & gas companies and strategic and financial sponsors located in India. He was previously a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Prior to becoming a private-practice lawyer, Mr. Siddiqui was a senior counsel at Texaco Inc., covering M&A in the U.S. and Asia.
“Waajid is another outstanding addition to our global M&A group and to our expanded New York team,” said Creighton Condon, the firm’s Senior Partner. “He is regarded as an exceptional M&A lawyer and broad legal advisor by his clients.”
George Casey, global head of the firm’s M&A group, added, “We are very excited about Waajid’s arrival here at Shearman & Sterling. He has the experience and skill set that will be complementary with our existing M&A team, and his experience in the oil & gas and financial services industries will bolster our already robust global oil & gas/energy and financial institutions practices.”
Mr. Siddiqui is ranked in Chambers Global for Corporate/M&A USA and has been recognized as a leading lawyer for his expertise in M&A, corporate finance and joint venture work involving India and was called “very sensitive to the business needs of his clients.” He is also ranked in Chambers Global as a Foreign Expert in India.
“Shearman & Sterling’s global platform, especially with its financial institutions and oil & gas practices, is a great fit for me,” Mr. Siddiqui said. “I see this as a great opportunity to continue to serve my clients on a global scale.”
Shearman & Sterling’s has recently expanded its global M&A team with the addition of Ms. Tang in Hong Kong, Mr. Masella in New York and Ben Rodham in London. Ms. Tang represents Chinese companies on a variety of public and private cross-border M&A transactions, special committee assignments on U.S. take-private transactions and private equity transactions. Mr. Masella covers M&A and private equity transactions, capital markets and corporate governance and represents investment banks in connection with fairness opinions and other advisory transactions. He has also advised a number of West Coast technology clients on corporate matters. Mr. Rodham, part of an expanded UK private equity team that added partners Mark Soundy, Simon Burrows and Sarah Priestley in 2013, advises PE firms and other financial sponsors across all forms of leveraged M&A, disposals, restructurings and portfolio company issues.