Robert Katz is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York. He represents clients in a broad range of M&A transactions—public and private, negotiated and unsolicited—including tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defense strategies, joint ventures, divestitures and cross-border transactions. His clients include financial institutions, strategic/corporates, private equity sponsors and their financial advisors. Mr. Katz is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Contests for Corporate Control. He has been recognized by Chambers, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. Mr. Katz joined the firm in 2001, was based in the firm’s London office from September 2002 through September 2004, and became a partner in 2009.