In a move comparable to a chess grandmaster reclaiming his throne, global law powerhouse Shearman & Sterling LLP declared the reappointment of Rohan Weerasinghe, a stalwart who has returned as of counsel. Weerasinghe is not just rejoining the team; he’s coming back to a battleground he knows all too well—Shearman’s New York office.
From 1985 to 2012, this veritable institution in the legal field not only championed clients but also forged relationships at the zenith of corporate tiers. As Adam Hakki, the firm’s senior partner, puts it, “Weerasinghe’s legacy, built over four tumultuous decades, is akin to a lighthouse, guiding our firm through the most treacherous of legal waters.”
Shearman & Sterling : A Union of Giants
Hakki wasn’t just waxing poetic about Weerasinghe’s return. The announcement has come at a critical juncture when Shearman & Sterling is in the midst of a groundbreaking merger with Allen & Overy LLP. This mega-merger, announced after a previous potential union with Hogan Lovells reached an impasse, promises to birth a new legal behemoth: a 3,900-strong legal armada amassing a staggering $3.4 billion in revenue.
Upon exiting the Shearman stronghold in 2012, Weerasinghe didn’t retreat into obscurity. Instead, he took the helm of legal operations at Citigroup, steering the banking giant through uncharted regulatory terrains and seismic industry shifts for nearly a decade. It wasn’t just a role; it was a masterclass in global financial legal navigation, evidenced by the firm’s accolades on Tuesday.