Senior Legal Counsel Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP

Sarah Beshar

Sarah Beshar is a senior executive, legal counsel, corporate advisor and strategist respected for combining strong business and legal judgment with financial acumen.  Throughout her career, she has counseled and advised senior executive leadership and Boards of Fortune 500 companies on an array of legal matters. She is recognized within corporate and financial sectors globally for capital markets, corporate finance, governance, compliance and international securities expertise.  

In 2017, Ms. Beshar was appointed a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Invesco Ltd.  As the fourth largest global asset manager ($1.2 Billion AUM), Invesco provides retail and institutional investors in over 150 countries a comprehensive range of investment capabilities across asset classes. Currently, she serves on the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees.  

In 2015, Ms. Beshar completed a thirty-year career at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a global, US$1B, legal and professional services firm.  As a senior leader of the Firm, she served as Lead Partner for the Firm’s largest client, on an array of complex matters.  

Ms. Beshar was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2015.   She has served as a Trustee of both the University of Western Australia in America and Magdalen College at Oxford University in America.  She is a member of the Corporate Board of Lincoln Center and Board of Trustees of Episcopal Charities as well as a Conservation Fellow at the Whitney Museum.   

Ms. Beshar received an Honors BCL Degree from Magdalen College at Oxford University as the inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Scholar, a national scholarship awarded to an Australian who exhibits academic excellence, leadership and athletic achievement. She earned a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence, both with Honors First Class distinction, from the University of Western Australia in Perth. She is a member of the New York State Bar and holds United States, United Kingdom and Australian citizenships.  Ms. Beshar and her husband have three children and live in New York.