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News Apr 10, 2017

Shearman & Sterling Expands Leading M&A Practice With Private Equity Partner Brien Wassner

Shearman & Sterling announced today that Brien Wassner has joined the firm as an M&A partner in New York. Wassner comes to the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy where he was a corporate partner. 

Wassner has extensive experience advising private equity sponsors, domestic and multinational privately held and publicly traded entities, hedge funds, venture capital funds and financial institutions on a wide range of corporate transactions and business combinations. These transactions include private equity investments, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, going-private deals and joint ventures. He also regularly represents clients on debt and equity financing as well as general corporate and securities matters.

“We are pleased to welcome Brien to the firm,” said Creighton Condon, Senior Partner of Shearman & Sterling. “His experience working with private capital clients complements our M&A Group, and we expect that he will play a key role as we continue to deepen our private equity capabilities.” 

George Casey, global head of the firm’s M&A Group, said, “Brien is an experienced lawyer with long-standing and substantive relationships in the private capital sector, particularly with some of the world’s leading private equity sponsors. His skills will enable us to offer even broader services to clients as we continue steering them through their most complex M&A transactions.”

Wassner regularly counsels a wide range of clients from various industries, including financial services, retail, traditional and renewable energy, infrastructure, utilities, healthcare and real estate. His recent transactions include the representation of leading private equity sponsors and financial and institutional investors in connection with investments in data center businesses, financial services and retail companies, and technology solution providers, as well as energy, infrastructure and transportation related assets.

“I am delighted to join Shearman & Sterling,” said Wassner. “The firm has an outstanding reputation, and I look forward to working with incredibly skillful colleagues in serving our clients’ needs.”

Ranked among the world’s leading M&A advisors, Shearman & Sterling draws upon decades of experience in sophisticated global markets to deliver integrated strategic, tactical and technical advice to its clients. With M&A lawyers on the ground in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the firm advises on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border public and private M&A deals. In 2016, the firm advised on 302 M&A transactions valued at $598.8 billion worldwide.

Shearman & Sterling represents world-leading private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as venture capital investors and sovereign wealth funds, in their most important transactions. Recent deals include advising Bridgepoint Capital in its acquisition of materials testing company Element Materials Technology and its strategic investment in UK food delivery start-up Deliveroo; Investcorp in its acquisition and subsequent sale of Tyrrells Crisps; and Francisco Partners in its acquisition of Dell Software.