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Highly regarded

Bar admissions:

New York


New York
United States

Practice areas:

Capital markets : Derivatives
Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

Industry sectors:

Financial services

Donna M. Parisi is a partner, Co-Practice Group Leader of Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group (which includes the firm’s Derivatives & Structured Products team) and former member of the firm’s Executive Group. Ms. Parisi’s practice focuses on derivative, structured product, securitization, capital market and commodities matters. Legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and IFLR 1000 have for several years consistently ranked Ms. Parisi as a leader in her field, and in 2014 Ms. Parisi was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law award in recognition of outstanding legal work.


Specifically, Ms. Parisi has assisted clients in the development and structuring of new financial products and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of OTC derivative transactions, including equity, credit, hedge fund, fixed income, commodity and currency swaps and options, synthetic CDOs, structured products and hybrid financial instruments, as well as prime brokerage, debt trading and other cash and synthetic trading documentation. In addition, she has counseled clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues involving OTC derivative transactions. Ms. Parisi’s practice also includes the exchange-traded futures and options markets where she has advised a variety of futures market professionals, including futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators. Ms. Parisi has developed, documented and implemented risk management strategies, policies and procedures for clients in both the OTC and exchange-traded derivative markets.


Ms. Parisi also advises on investment management matters, including the representation of U.S. and non-U.S. investment advisory firms and investment funds. Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group advises clients globally on a wide range of private investment funds, including hedge funds, offshore funds, funds of funds and other types of funds in the “alternative asset” categories.


Ms. Parisi has been actively involved in helping to shape, analyze and comment upon the global regulatory reforms that have followed from the recent financial crisis. She has served as a panelist in reform-focused events held by outlets and institutions such as the Financial Times, the Glass Hammer and the Practising Law Institute. Ms. Parisi has also contributed to numerous client publications covering various aspects of The Dodd-Frank Act and other international regulatory reforms.

• Derivatives & Structured Products

• Investment Funds

• Structured Finance

• Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory

• Dodd-Frank, UK, EU & Other Regulatory Reforms

• Volcker Assistant

• Basel III — Regulatory Capital

• Sustainable Development

• Financial Institutions

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Vassar College, B.A., 1989

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, New York State Bar Association

Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Donna M. Parisi and Nhung Pham, “The Treasury FX Swaps, FX Forwards Exemption,” Derivatives Week, Derivatives Intelligence (December 2012)

Donna M. Parisi, “Extraterritorial Impact of Title VII of Dodd-Frank Act,” DerivSource (March 2012)