Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - USA
A recognised authority in the field, Alan Beller "always has the banks asking him questions" and is commended for possessing "a great combination of smarts and good judgement." He acted for the underwriters on a USD10.5 billion SEC-registered offering of Citi common stock held by the US Department of the Treasury.
Interviewees comment that Leslie Silverman is "a great character who is excellent to work with." He wins praise for his experience acting for issuers and underwriters and is accomplished in both the domestic and foreign capital markets. Recent highlights including acting for the underwriters, led by Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, on a USD9.5 billion SEC-registered secondary offering by BlackRock.
Praised by clients as helpful and accommodating, Nicolas Grabar has a great reputation for his international work and a strong Latin American client base. He represented Brazilian company Vale Overseas in its SEC-registered debt offering, and the underwriters of Southern Copper, which has mining operations in Peru, in its SEC-registered notes offering.
Craig Brod is "a talented lawyer who can handle very tricky SEC issues,” interviewees reveal. He is also renowned for his international work, recently acting for Deutsche Telekom on its Regulation S/Rule 144A debt offering by its Dutch finance subsidiary.
Jeffrey Karpf advises on a wide range of SEC-registered and private debt and equity offerings, with particular expertise in advising clients on their recovery and return to capital markets. Of late he has acted for the underwriters on the USD9 billion public offering of AIG common stock by AIG and the US Department of the Treasury.
David Lopez continues to build on his excellent reputation in the market for his work in debt, equity and structured securities offerings for domestic and foreign clients. He recently acted for Citi on a range of transactions to use excess liquidity to retire large amounts of older debt.
Francesca Odell wins client praise for her reliable advice and Portuguese language skills. She acted for the initial purchasers on a USD500 million TAM Airlines bond.
Part of a broad Latin America practice, Carmen Amalia Corrales focuses on representing sovereign issuers in that region in a variety of securities offerings and restructuring matters.
Capital markets expert Jorge Juantorena is also commended for his in-depth knowledge of the Latin America markets.
Wanda Olson has a broad financing and capital markets practice and is currently acting for the Argentine Republic on the restructuring of its USD100 billion external debt.
John Palenberg is active in capital markets transactions involving Germany and Japan. Now based in New York, he has previously worked in Tokyo, Washington, DC, Frankfurt, London and Cologne.
Michael Volkovitsch has a wide-ranging practice that incorporates M&A, debt and equity offerings and derivatives transactions. Previously resident in the firm's Milan and Frankfurt offices, he has an impressive pedigree in international and cross-border work.
Jaime El Koury is a distinguished capital markets and corporate lawyer, respected throughout Latin America for his first-rate advice.
Murat Akuyev, based in Moscow, is a hugely respected market player. Dual-qualified, he is an excellent choice of counsel for cross-border matters between the USA and Russia.
Also based in Moscow and with a focus on US-related transactions is Scott Senecal. Clients say: "He has deep knowledge of our requirements and expectations from both a business and a legal side."
Frankfurt-based Ward Greenberg is a "key name on the US side," according to market observers. He focuses on IPOs and other equity-based securities transactions.
Gamal Abouali recently moved to the firm's Abu Dhabi office after several years in Paris. He is rated for his work on complex corporate and capital markets transactions, and has experience on matters in a number of countries, including the USA.
Paris-based Andrew Bernstein comes highly recommended by market sources: "You can go to him for any capital markets question. He's pragmatic and helpful – a really smart lawyer who will always find a solution." He frequently advises on securities offerings by French companies in the USA.
London partner Pierre-Marie Boury enjoys a stellar reputation for his work in liability management and high-yield products, and sources note his strong experience of US-related capital markets transactions.
Also in London, Sebastian Sperber is a US-qualified lawyer, which enables him to excel on international capital markets transactions with a particular focus on US securities. His clients say he is "very good technically and very experienced."
Interviewees admire John Brinitzer's performance on deals: "He's completely on the ball and gives excellent advice." Based in Paris, he is active in international capital markets, M&A and corporate transactions, particularly in the USA.
Since publication, John Palenberg has passed away.