Sarah Beshar


Sarah Beshar

1982 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Sarah Beshar graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours in 1982. Sarah earned several awards throughout her degree and was the first female president of the University’s Law Student Society.

Sarah is the first recipient of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law and was awarded the Scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

As senior counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Ms. Beshar represents clients in U.S. and global capital markets transactions and advises on general securities and corporate governance issues. She regularly works for issuers and underwriters and has taken a leading role in public and private debt and equity offerings, including initial public offerings, secondary and convertible offerings and investment-grade and non-investment-grade debt. Ms. Beshar has also advised many companies in connection with their general corporate governance, compliance and securities work. A recent noteworthy transaction was advising the underwriters on the General Motors $23.1 billion initial public offering, which was the largest IPO in history.

Ms. Beshar also has significant experience in the development of new financial products, including various types of synthetic exchangeable securities and other equity-, index-, commodity- and currency-linked products for retail and institutional investors. She is lead counsel to JPMorgan Chase on their registered and unregistered structured products issuance programs.

Scholarship Year: 1982

Fields of Interest

Civil Law, Law