European Capital Markets

Our European Capital Markets team assists corporate, financial and sovereign clients in equity and debt capital markets transactions, advisory work, structured finance transactions, and restructurings in London and throughout Europe.

Our team has extensive experience advising companies on initial listing, corporate governance issues, follow-on offerings, M&A transactions, structured products and corporate reorganisations, leveraging our teams in London, Paris, Italy, Germany and Moscow. We also have a team of U.S.-qualified securities lawyers in London able to provide seamless, integrated advice on the application of U.S. securities matters to the European capital markets. Our practice also benefits from close integration with our market-leading European Finance team, which advises on finance matters and complex structured finance products. Our Capital Markets practice also works closely with our M&A, Tax, Competition, Real Estate and Employment teams throughout Europe to address those crucial aspects of your capital markets transactions.

Our Capital Markets team has a special focus on clients in our core sectors of Technology, Telecommunications, Energy & Infrastructure and Financial Services. With a culture built around innovation and collaboration, we understand the strategic goals of our clients and regularly partner with market-recognised sector leaders to deliver the highest-quality service.

Equity Capital Markets

We advise on a range of equity capital markets transactions, including:

  • Pre-IPO private placements
  • IPOs on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and AIM
  • Follow-on offerings including placings, accelerated book builds, open offers and rights issues
  • Convertible bond offerings

Our team advises companies, sponsors and "nomads" on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, as well as companies on public and private M&A transactions. Our clients include U.K. issuers and overseas companies seeking to access the U.K. equity capital markets, whether by IPO of shares or GDRs.

Our London- and European-qualified Capital Markets lawyers work closely with our London-based U.S. Capital Markets team, which provides U.S. securities law advice in this time zone, enabling us to carry out Rule 144A offerings in the U.S. in an integrated way. We also draw on the experience of other practice areas and lawyers in the wider Capital Markets team in other jurisdictions.

We pride ourselves on giving pragmatic, hands-on advice to achieve stellar results for our clients.

Recent highlights include:

  • Acting for the investment banking syndicate on the equity fundraising and reverse takeover of BCA Marketplace plc and admission to the Main Market
  • Advising Cerillion plc on its AIM IPO
  • Acting for the investment banking syndicates on the IPO by reverse takeover of Amryt Pharma plc and a placing by RedX Pharma plc

Debt Capital Markets

Our European Debt Capital Markets team has extensive experience representing clients in raising debt capital through a full array of debt offerings, whether public or private, investment grade or high yield, Rule 144A or fully registered. Our European Debt Capital Markets team works closely with our European Finance practice to efficiently and successfully navigate the market and regulatory processes associated with debt offerings, relying on global resources and local experience across Europe, Asia and the United States.

In addition to corporate bonds, Eurobonds, Rule 144A bonds and SEC-registered bonds, our European Debt Capital Markets team advises on exchangeable bonds, covered bonds, U.S. debt private placements, mini-bonds, green bonds and EMTN programmes. We advise managers and issuers, with a particular emphasis on new issuers and emerging markets issuers, especially those companies in our core sectors of Technology, Telecommunications, Energy & Infrastructure and Financial Services. We have also represented a number of sovereign issuers in their global capital markets issues.

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