Image of Danae Wheeler

Danae Wheeler

Senior Associate

Danae specialises in environmental, sustainability and regulatory law with a particular focus on advisory matters related to climate change, sustainability and supply chains.

Danae’s experience includes advising clients on sustainability reporting and disclosure, including pursuant to the TCFD, the NFSI, the EU’s Sustainable Disclosure Finance Regulation and Taxonomy Regulation, the CSRD, and international initiatives such as the ISSB; mitigating greenwashing risks in regard to corporate reporting and disclosure, and associated governance risks; responding to shareholder proposals in regard to sustainability disclosure, including proposals concerning the disclosure of transition plans; and managing human rights risks and providing broader sustainability due diligence in value chains. 

Published Work

  • 'Climate transition plans – charting a greener future’, PLC Magazine (co-authored with Matthew Townsend and Jasmin Fraser) (2023)
  • ‘TNFD Recommendations for sustainability reporting: nature matters’, PLC Magazine (co-authored with Matthew Townsend and Jasmin Fraser) (2023)
  • ‘Brexit and Historic Fishing Rights under the Law of the Sea Convention’, paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (2021)
  • ‘Facilitating a Coordinated International Response in Times of Crisis’, United Nations ESCAP (co-authored with Dr Tracey Epps and Georgia Whelan) (2020)

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, New Zealand Law Society



Solicitor, Australia, 2018

Solicitor and Barrister, New Zealand, 2018


Bachelor’s degree International Relations and Affairs (Mandarin and Spanish), New York University, 2014 (cum laude and high hons)

Juris doctorate degree, Melbourne Law School, 2017 (hons)

Master’s degree Chinese Business Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2018 (magna cum laude)


English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin)
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.