Shearman And Sterling

Ward McKimm is the Firm's Europe Regional Managing Partner and the EMEA Finance Team Leader. As part of these roles, Ward contributes to firm strategy and helping the firm achieve its strategic growth ambitions in Europe and beyond.

Widely recognised as one of the leading leveraged finance lawyers in the European market, Ward represents underwriters, sponsors and issuers on a range of complex financings in Europe, the U.S. and internationally, including multi-jurisdictional leveraged buyouts. He began his career at Shearman & Sterling in New York and moved to London with the firm in 1999. He re-joined the firm in 2018. He is one of the leading high yield lawyers in Europe, and has been recognised as:

  • A leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners since 2012 who is “exceptional in his field”, “hugely experienced” and “one of the very best on the high yield scene”.
  • A “one of the top high yield partners in the market” in Chambers & Partners UK 2020.
  • A “leading lawyer” in The Legal 500 2021.