Shearman & Sterling’s Reena Sahni, a New York-based partner in the Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group, was featured as a "Voice of Experience" on The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business.
The profile covers Sahni’s path from a federal clerkship, to private practice, to public service and back to private practice, where she now leads Shearman & Sterling’s US bank regulatory practice. “I found that the bank regulatory practice was the perfect mix of transactional, academic and advisory work, Sahni comments. “It never gets boring because it is so client focused. It is all about the clients’ needs regardless of where that takes you.” Today, her focus is in large part advising foreign clients on working within a heightened US regulatory environment.
In terms of professional development, Sahni remarks that she would rather lead by example than advise someone on the specific course she or he should take. Reflecting on her clerkship for Judge Jon O. Newman of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Sahni notes that his professional excellence, “grace and good humor...gave me a model for how I wanted to conduct myself professionally.” She suggests that those in the earlier stages of their careers, especially women, seek connections with those they admire and learn from their experiences. “They’ll be willing to talk to young lawyers about how they progressed,” she says, “and even though everyone figures out on their own what works for them, you can learn a lot by inquiring about the paths others have taken.”