Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has bolstered its São Paulo office and Latin America practice with the addition of Jonathan Kellner, who rejoins the firm as counsel from Linklaters. Kellner will be resident in the firm’s São Paulo office.
“It is great to welcome Jon back to the firm,” said Antonia Stolper, head of the firm’s Latin America practice. “Jon grew up at Shearman & Sterling and was a key member of our Brazil and Latin America team. He has become one of the go-to US lawyers in São Paulo, and we’re excited about being reunited with him. He is an excellent lawyer and is very highly regarded by his clients.”
Robert Ellison, the firm’s resident partner in São Paulo, added, “This is the ideal time to welcome Jon back to our firm. The Brazilian market is changing, opening up new opportunities in a variety of areas, and we see Jon’s broad experience in M&A and other areas as an ideal fit for our clients.”
Stuart Fleischmann, a partner and Latin America practice member who splits his time between New York and São Paulo, commented, “Jon will enhance our local platform and help us address a variety of needs from Brazilian companies and entities. We have kept in touch over the years and see his return to the firm as seamless.”
Kellner boasts a diverse practice, working with Brazilian, Latin American and US companies and financial institutions. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, he has advised clients on significant M&A and joint venture transactions, often with private equity sponsors, as well as on capital markets, bank finance and investment fund transactions and matters.
Kellner was named a “Rising Star” in Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets in the 2014 edition of IFLR1000. He has also authored a number of articles on M&A and other topics.
“I am thrilled to return to my home at Shearman & Sterling,” Kellner said. “I have long respected the firm´s preeminent Latin American practice, not only in Brazil but throughout the region. I believe my broad corporate experience and my language skills will help expand the firm’s footprint in São Paulo still further.”
He added, “I am confident I can reintegrate as if I had never left Shearman & Sterling—it is a great personal joy to be back working with so many close friends and colleagues.”
In Brazil, Shearman & Sterling advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions—from debt and equity financings, project financings and M&A to anticorruption investigations and fund formation. With a history in Brazil dating back more than 80 years and a local office since 2004, the firm is viewed as a market-leading law firm, representing clients on some of the highest-profile transactions in the country and the region.
Shearman & Sterling has been a leading international law firm in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than a century and has played an active role in the economic development of the region. The firm has a dedicated team of partners and associates based in North America, Europe and São Paulo, many fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, advising clients on regional, cross-border transactions and disputes.