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Shearman & Sterling announced Wednesday the election of Rohan Weerasinghe to the firm’s top spot, senior partner. Weerasinghe’s New York practice includes representing underwriters and corporate clients in public offering transactions, especially complex transactions such as those involving LBOs, high-yield debt issuances, IPOs and cross-border offerings. He also advises companies on corporate and securities law issues and corporate governance matters. According to an article in the June issue of The American Lawyer, Weerasinghe has strong relationships with several firm clients, including Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and Bank of America Corp. Weerasinghe has asked New York-based M&A partner John Madden and Dusseldorf-based partner Georg Thoma to continue as firmwide co-managing partners. The two will also continue to serve as members of the firm’s executive group along with Executive Director Kimberly Gardner. According to The American Lawyer, Madden had been considered the front-runner in the jockeying to replace the firm’s last senior partner, David Heleniak. He resigned from the partnership in May to become vice chairman of Morgan Stanley. Weerasinghe’s new executive group appointments are London managing partner Kenneth MacRitchie and New York-based partner Linda Rappaport. Weerasinghe, 54, who was born in Sri Lanka, was previously head of the capital markets group and is a member of the firm’s policy committee. He joined Shearman in 1977 and was elected to the partnership in 1985. Editor’s note: For related information, see The American Lawyer article, “And They’re Off”.

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