Shearman And Sterling

Ward McKimm is the Firm's European Regional Managing Partner, Global Head of our Leveraged Finance business and the EMEA Finance Team Leader.

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 is one of the leading high yield lawyers in Europe, and has been recognised as:

  • A Band 1 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 and Partners UK 2020.
  • A “leading lawyer” in The Legal 500 2019.

Ward also led the teams that won Law 360 ’s “Capital Markets Team of the Year” in 2015, IFLR Europe’s “Team of the Year for High Yield” in 2014 and “Finance Team of the Year” at the 2011 Legal Business Awards.