Shearman & Sterling
CLASS OF 1982
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, David Beveridge arrived on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College in 1978 well aware of the strong reputation of its pre-law program. The education Beveridge received at W&J prepared him for the rigors of his law school education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review. Today, as a partner with Shearman & Sterling in New York City and head of the firm’s capital markets group in North America, he has indeed made his mark.
“Looking back, I remember W&J fondly, particularly Richard Easton, my advisor, a valuable sounding board who inspired me to investigate the world and its opportunities,” Beveridge recalls. He also appreciates the assistance he received from Joseph DiSarro, professor and chair of the political science department. “It was Dr. DiSarro who suggested I attend law school at the University of Texas,” he explains.
Today, Beveridge is cited as a leading practitioner for capital markets in the 2009 edition of the Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, as selected by other senior practitioners and in-house counsel. He serves on the firm’s nine-member global policy committee, representing both issuers and underwriters in the full spectrum of debt, equity, and hybrid security offerings. He also has extensive experience with cross-border private equity, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring transactions.
Prior to assuming his role as partner, Beveridge practiced law for more than a decade in Shearman & Sterling’s London office, where he was head of the firm’s capital markets groups in Europe and Asia. He regularly was cited as a leading lawyer for capital markets with particular strength in high yield offerings by prominent U.K. and global legal directories such as Chambers and IFLR 1000.