Shearman loses Latin American head for Milbank launch

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired the head of Shearman & Sterling’s Latin American practice to lead its new São Paulo office.


Mel Immergut
Mel Immergut

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired the head of Shearman & Sterling’s Latin American practice to lead its new São Paulo office.

Shearman partner Andrew Jánszky was previously Shearman’s managing partner in São Paulo as well as Latin American head. He is joining Milbank with associate Tobias Stirnberg, who comes on board as a partner.

Milbank chairman Mel Immergut said the firm’s clients had been asking for an office in Brazil for some time.  

“With the anticipated addition of Andrew Jánszky to our ranks, we now have just the right person to lead our efforts there, and clearly this is the right time, in terms of Brazilian economic growth, for us to be present to assist our clients in that country,” Immergut said.

“Andrew and Tobias have worked together as a team on some of the most important and successful transactions in Brazil, and we look forward to having the expertise and experience of that team added to the strengths that Milbank already offers clients in Brazil.”

Jánszky specialises in capital markets financing, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and other corporate transactions. Stirnberg has focused primarily on Brazilian capital markets and M&A transactions.

The new office, which is subject to regulatory approval, will be Milbank’s first in Brazil and its 11th globally. 

It follows news revealed by The Lawyer that DLA Piper is to launch in the country (19 October 2009). The firm has since established an alliance with Brazilian firm Campos Mello Pontes Vinci & Schiller Advogados (1 March 2010).

A spokesperson at Shearman said: “Our Brazilian practice operates so successfully thanks to the efforts of our lawyers within Brazil and further afield. It’s part of our award-winning Latin American practice, which comprises 17 partners from various offices of the firm.

“We’re fully committed to expanding our presence in Brazil. Rob Ellison now becomes our Sao Paulo office managing partner, continuing to work closely with other partners in our Latin American practice. At Andrew’s request we’d already been taking steps to relocate him from São Paulo to New York. So Rob had already started to take on additional responsibilities in our Sao Paulo office before Andrew’s decision to move.

“We thank Andrew and Tobias for their service to the firm and wish them well for the future.”