Dickens Joins Shearman & Sterling

Jeremy Dickens has joined Shearman & Sterling’s private equity practice as a partner in New York. Most recently, Dickens was a member of the private equity practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges where he was co-founder and co-head of its global capital markets practice.

Shearman & Sterling Expands Private Equity Capabilities and Strengthens Capital Markets Practice with Addition of Dickens

Shearman & Sterling has furthered its commitment to build a market-leading private equity practice with the addition of veteran lawyer Jeremy Dickens, who will join the firm as a partner in New York.
Mr. Dickens comes to Shearman & Sterling with law firm and corporate experience. At Weil, Gotshal & Manges, he was a member of the private equity practice and co-founder and co-head of its global capital markets practice. During his 18 years with Weil, in both London and New York, Mr. Dickens represented leading private equity firms and their portfolio companies in a wide range of matters, including M&A, corporate governance, corporate restructurings, securities offerings, compliance, shareholder litigation, and SEC and corporate investigations. He also was widely respected as a top high yield debt and IPO lawyer, primarily acting as underwriters’ counsel. Throughout his career, global, UK, and US peer- and client-nominated ranking guides repeatedly named him a leading lawyer.

In 2007, after representing Riverdeep Group in the $3.7 billion reverse acquisition of Houghton Mifflin, he left Weil to become President of the resulting company, Education Media and Publishing Group (EMPG). In that role, he was responsible for M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures, and other strategic initiatives. He served on EMPG’s board of directors and worked closely with its private equity backers. After shepherding EMPG through an out-of-court restructuring in 2009, he founded a company providing outsourcing services to large nonprofit organizations and served as an independent director of a private equity-backed bank holding company.

“Jeremy’s arrival significantly strengthens our private equity capabilities and enhances our already well regarded leveraged finance practice,” said Shearman & Sterling global managing partner David Beveridge. “He has exceptional credentials in both areas and is highly regarded by his clients.”

Added Shearman & Sterling Americas capital markets leader Antonia Stolper, a New York-based partner, “Our Capital Markets Americas practice already has a market-leading reputation, and having Jeremy come on board will certainly solidify our standing among clients and the broader business community.”

Mr. Dickens will focus on expanding the firm’s private equity practice, which draws upon asset management, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, executive compensation, bank finance, and tax groups and also provides opportunities for litigation and restructuring assignments. He also will advise Shearman & Sterling’s corporate and investment banking clients.

“Shearman & Sterling’s long history, great reputation across critical practice areas and global footprint make it the ideal platform from which to build a private equity practice,” Mr. Dickens said. “I am honored to join a firm I have admired for so many years and I am very excited about the opportunities ahead.”
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