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Judy Little


Judy represents public and private companies across a variety of sectors on corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC disclosure and reporting requirements.
She has advised clients on mergers, stock purchases and sales, and asset purchases; has represented issuers and investment banks in various domestic and foreign public offerings; and has represented issuers in numerous domestic and foreign private placements.


Representative matters

A privately held upstream and midstream oil and gas partnership in a $3.8 billion SPAC merger.

An NYSE-listed public company in a private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375 percent senior unsecured notes due 2026.

A privately held hospitality company in a transaction that involved an offering of $1.415 billion principal amount of senior secured and senior unsecured notes and a $1.080 billion secured incremental term loan and revolver.

A private E&P company as issuer’s counsel in a private offering of $500 million of 5.500% senior notes due 2026 and $500 million of 5.750% senior notes due 2028. Also successfully represented same client in cash tender offers for its outstanding 7.000% senior notes due 2021 and 8.125% senior notes due 2023.

A global provider of specialty chemicals and performance materials in a $186 million underwritten public offering of 3,450,000 shares of common stock.

A publicly held oil and gas company in connection with a proxy contest settlement agreement in which no additional directors were appointed.

Published Work

  • Little, J. (2023), Co-authored “Clean Energy Tax Credits’ Wage, Apprentice Rules: Key Points”, Law360
  • Little, J. (2022), “2022 Proxy Season Quick Reference Guide”
  • Little, J. (2021), Co-authored “Energy Transition and the Role of the Board”
  • Little, J. (2020), Co-authored “Preparing for IPO Success: The Transition in the Founder’s Role and Corporate Culture”

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Member, State Bar of Texas

Board of Directors, National Charity League Heart of Texas Chapter





B.A., University of Virginia, 1987

J.D., University of Virginia, 1990, Dillard Fellow 

Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of International Law

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.