O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that Michael J. Schiavone, former head of Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets – Americas Group, has joined the Firm as a transactions partner. He will co-head the Capital Markets Practice Group along with O’Melveny partner C. Brophy Christensen. Schiavone will be based in O’Melveny’s New York office. Well-known as one of the country’s leading capital markets lawyers, Schiavone’s practice focuses on bank-side capital markets representations, primarily representing underwriters in top-tier transactions.
“We are thrilled to have Mike co-lead our firmwide Capital Markets Practice,” said Firm Chair Bradley J. Butwin. “We represent many of the world’s leading financial institutions, and having Mike on our team will increase our capacity to serve those clients as underwriters in capital markets deals.” Butwin added, “A key priority for O’Melveny is to grow our East Coast transactions platform by hiring attorneys who connect well with the rest of the Firm. Given our common clients and Mike’s synergies with our West Coast, Asia, and London transactions strengths, the fit couldn’t be better.”
Recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading capital markets practitioner, Schiavone represents underwriters in public and private capital markets deals and serves as standby underwriter’s counsel for more than a dozen public companies. In the past few years alone, he has handled over 30 underwriter-side capital markets deals, valued at more than US$30 billion.
“I look forward to helping to grow an already strong transactional practice by building a top-tier firmwide capital markets group at O’Melveny; we have all of the ingredients to be successful, including great clients, strong West Coast and Asia practices, and a terrific team,” Schiavone said. “I’m also excited about growing O’Melveny’s New York transactions platform.”
Schiavone graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1986 and earned a J.D. with honors from George Washington University’s National Law Center in 1989. He is admitted to practice in New York.