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Sara  Ricciardi

Sara Ricciardi

Shearman & Sterling LLP

New York, NY, USA

Sara Ricciardi is counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group. She has represented financial institutions, corporate officers and directors, and other clients in a wide range of high-profile, complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation and corporate control disputes, as well as investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.


  • Representation of entities and individuals associated with largest "feeder fund" into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in federal and state court proceedings arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Representation of credit rating agency in multiple international arbitrations and foreign litigations.
  • Representation of numerous private equity firms in shareholder derivative lawsuits, class actions, and regulatory inquiries in connection with corporate transactions, including the acquisitions of HCA and Laureate Education, Inc.
  • Representation of major homebuilding company and its senior officers in securities litigation arising out of the collapse of the U.S. real estate market.
  • Representation of underwriters of a global offering of Royal Ahold N.V. shares in a lawsuit involving a restatement of earnings totaling $24.8 billion.
  • Representation of Italian and Spanish power companies in litigation arising out of $30+ billion tender offers for Endesa, S.A.
  • Representation of broker-dealers in connection with SEC and FINRA investigations.
  • Representation of the Board of Directors of major retailer in shareholder derivative lawsuits.
  • Representation of former officer and director of French corporation in connection with U.S. regulatory inquiries and French criminal trial.
  • Representation of senior executive of domestic transportation company in DOJ antitrust investigation.
  • Representation of New York City in multi-million dollar personal injury action.


New York University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Moot Court Board

Yale University, B.A., 1999, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York


United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Spanish, Italian, French

Professional Affiliations and Business Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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