Denise M Grant is a partner in Shearman & Sterling's Project Development and Finance Practice. She advises financial institutions; including commercial banks and DFIs, as well as multinational corporations, in their secured and unsecured, domestic and cross-border, private financing activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Denise's clients include Bank of America, Banco de Chile, BBVA, Citigroup, CA-CIB, IFC and SMBC, as well as AES Gener, American Axle, E.CL, Transelec, Viacom, and the lenders to Latin America oil and gas giants Pemex and Petrobras.
Denise's significant experience includes several notable transactions both domestic and foreign including representing Transelec Concesiones S.A., an affiliate of Transelec S.A., with the approximately $358 million loan facility and associated interest rate hedging for the individualized portfolio construction financing of four independent transmission lines (each with a capacity of between 2x220 kV and 2x500 kV) and four associated independent substations in Chile, with Export Development Canada, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH and MUFG Bank, Ltd. acting as mandated lead arrangers. The financing was provided to Transelec Concesiones S.A. through non-cross collateralized loans to each individual project on a standalone basis.
Twice lauded as one of the "Most Influential Black Lawyers" by Savoy Magazine, Denise has also been named one of only five Tier 1 lawyers in Latin America-wide Banking & Finance by Chambers & Partners and one of only 10 "Leading Lawyers" in Banking & Finance by Legal 500 Latin America. In 2019, Latinvex named Denise one of Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers.
A longstanding champion of diversity and inclusion, Denise is a founding member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Under her leadership, the initiative has become part of the DNA of the firm, which has been recognized as a "Top Firm for Diversity" by The American Lawyer and one of the "Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys and for Minority Equity Partners" by Law360.
As a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, Denise leads the Firm's diversity and inclusion mission through all aspects of Firm administration, operations and through client relationships.
Denise is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bar associations. She received a B.A., from George Washington University and obtained a J.D., from Georgetown University Law Center.