Global Law firm Shearman & Sterling today announces the appointment of Sanjeev Dhuna as a Leveraged Finance partner in the Finance group, based in London. This follows the appointment of Gary Hamp in London and Heather Water Borthwick in New York. Sanjeev will lead the team across Europe, alongside Ward McKimm.
Sanjeev has extensive experience advising both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of complex cross-border banking and finance transactions, including acting as lender’s counsel across from top-tier financial sponsors on large-cap leveraged buyouts. As head of direct lending at his current firm, Sanjeev has wide-ranging experience advising credit funds and direct lending clients.
“Sanjeev’s extensive leveraged finance experience and direct lending expertise add to our global leveraged finance offering, bolstering our English law capabilities and continuing our strong growth momentum,” said David Beveridge, Senior Partner at Shearman & Sterling. “Sanjeev is a preeminent leveraged finance lawyer. His hire is part of our ongoing strategic priority to grow our core practices in key geographies, enhancing our position as a global elite firm.”
Commenting on Sanjeev’s appointment, Ward McKimm, European Managing Partner and EMEA Finance Team Leader added: “Sanjeev’s energy, entrepreneurialism and experience augments our strong global leveraged finance proposition. He will be an integral part in growing our direct lending offering drawing on his vast market knowledge and reputation, combined with our robust global platform. His appointment is part of our ongoing commitment to continue to build our transatlantic leveraged finance offering.”
Sanjeev Dhuna added, “I am thrilled to be joining Shearman’s rapidly growing leveraged finance offering. l am looking forward to working with the London team to continue to expand Shearman & Sterling’s European leveraged finance practice, building out its direct lending expertise. We will be one of the few firms who can combine expertise across the syndicated market, bond financing and credit funds on both sides of the Atlantic. I am excited by our plans to grow leverage finance across the key markets.”
Shearman & Sterling has continued to expand core practice areas with numerous lateral hires globally since January. Sanjeev’s hire follows the appointment of London partners Phil Cheveley in M&A and Sam Brodie and Helena Potts in Restructuring & Insolvency.
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling Sanjeev was a partner at Allen & Overy.