Lara Panahy

Senior Associate

Lara is a Senior Associate in the Global Restructuring Group based in our London office.

She has advised on a wide range of insolvency and financial restructuring matters acting for creditors, borrowers, facility & security agents and insolvency practitioners, including the drafting of opinions required by regulators concerning the potential impact of the insolvency or resolution of financial institution counterparties.

Lara has spent time on secondment in the firm's Tokyo office.


Pro bono

Pro bono legal representation to Afghan refugees, who need legal advice and support regarding immigration and family reunification issues, in collaboration with various refugee and immigration charities.

Published Work

  • N Lister and L Panahy (2022) "“There is nothing so stable as change”: is the Treasury’s proposed new special administration regime for stablecoin and other systemic DSA firms a change in the right direction?", 37 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 610.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, ILA Associate Network Seminar, "Virgin Active, 2 years on: Lessons learned and the future of contested Restructuring Plans" (2023).
  • Speaker, Lexology Webinar "Crypto Distress and Other Developments in the US, Singapore, and England" (2023).

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Law Society of England and Wales Insolvency Lawyers Association, Deputy Chair of the Associate Network



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2018


Legal Practice Course, BPP University, 2016

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, 2015

BA (Hons), Classics, University of Oxford, 2014

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.