Valerio Fontanesi is a counsel in the Finance Group of Shearman & Sterling based in the Milan office. Mr Fontanesi represents private equity firms, banks and financial institutions on a wide range of complex financing and restructuring transactions. His practice focuses on leveraged finance, real estate finance, structured finance and restructuring matters. Mr Fontanesi has been involved on a variety of innovative financing transactions, including the first Italian leveraged buyout funded through a high-yield bond issue. Mr Fontanesi joined the Milan office of Shearman & Sterling in 2013 after acquiring extensive experience working in the banking and finance departments of prominent international and Italian law firms. He is admitted to practise both in Italy and the state of New York. He is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English.