Capital Markets - USA
Alan Beller is "practical" and "in tune with the SEC," sources say. Clients recommend his advice on corporate governance matters.
Leslie Silverman is a lawyer whose advice on complex legal issues related to underwriting is frequently sought by clients. He was counsel to Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse as underwriters on Transocean's public offering of USD1.2 billion of shares and a registered public offering of USD2.5 billion of senior notes.
Nicolas Grabar is "smart, calm, thoughtful and quick," admiring sources report. He continues to have a particularly impressive reputation for his representation of Mexican and Brazilian companies.
Craig Brod recently advised The Hartford on a USD2.15 billion capital raising which included an offering of 7.875% fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2042 and a USD1.55 billion offering of senior debt in three tranches.
Jeffrey Karpf has "great judgement," is "highly thorough" and "always calm and collected," clients say. He recently represented the underwriters in the sale by the US Department of Treasury of approximately USD5.75 billion of AIG common stock.
David Lopez is praised by sources for his "highly thoughtful" and "collaborative" approach. His recent highlights include representing LyondellBasell on a USD2 billion offering of 5% senior notes due 2019, and a USD1 billion offering of 5.75% senior notes due 2024.
Francesca Odell was recently part of a team advising Petrobras and its subsidiaries on several multimillion-dollar global notes offerings. Sources recognise her broad Latin American expertise.
Gamal Abouali is a highly experienced corporate and capital markets lawyer based in the firm's Abu Dhabi office. He has expertise in a range of financial transactions including IPOs and privatisations and has advised on matters not only throughout the region but also in Africa, France and the USA.
Market sources distinguish Murat Akuyev as a "serious and attentive lawyer." He is one of the leading individuals working in capital markets in Russia, known for his involvement in the most complex and prominent deals. Akuyev is noted for his knowledge of US securities law.
Paris-based Andrew Bernstein's practice focuses on securities offerings. Recent work highlights include advising BPCE on its EUR2 billion issuance of contingently convertible bonds. He is praised by clients: "He's our contact for all matters; he's an ace in the US stakes."
The "brilliant" Pierre-Marie Boury is a high-yield expert who commentators describe as an "extremely smart individual with a knack for conveying complex concepts as easy to grasp ones." They also praise his "ability to distinguish the important from the minor issues." He is widely recognised as a leading expert in US ECM and DCM work. Boury is based in the firm's London office.
John Brinitzer is dual-qualified in France and the USA. He is known for his expertise in convertible bonds and debt bond offerings, block trades and other capital markets transactions. One market source comments: "We see him on some of the biggest and most complex deals." He is based in Paris.
Carmen Amalia Corrales is recognised for her knowledge of the Latin American market. Sources note that she is "very bright and business-minded," while one interviewee describes her as "really outstanding."
Jaime El Koury splits his time between the firm's New York and Buenos Aires offices. His capital markets practice is highly valued by Latin American clients, as illustrated by his assistance of BBVA Bancomer in its USD1 billion offering of subordinated preferred notes.
Impressed market commentators say Ward Greenberg "gives top-notch legal and commercial advice; he can provide both German and US legal advice under one roof." He leads the firm's Frankfurt-based US practice and frequently advises German companies on US securities law.
The "outstanding" Jorge Juantorena offers a broad Latin American expertise, with sources particularly noting his mastery of the Mexican market. He is based in the firm's New York office.
New York-based Wanda Olson is respected for her handling of public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities with respect to Latin American clients. Sources describe her as "user-friendly, professional and pleasant to deal with."
Interviewees appreciate London-based Sebastian Sperber's technical ability and state that "he's fantastically knowledgeable and very approachable." He recently advised GlaxoSmithKline in relation to the issuance of USD5 billion unsecured notes by one of its subsidiaries. Sources notes his particular expertise in capital markets transactions concerning both the USA and India.
Michael Volkovitsch is based in New York and has an impressive breadth to his practice, carrying out debt and equity offerings as well as handling derivatives work. He previously worked in the firm's Milan and Frankfurt offices, specialising in cross-border work, and is especially known for his Italian market knowledge.
Foreign Desks Cleary enjoys an outstanding reputation for its handling of debt and equity matters throughout Latin America. The team recently advised Petrobas in relation to an offering of USD6 billion SEC-registered notes. Leslie Silverman is a key contact.