The latest edition of WWL: Capital Markets features almost 1,000 listings for lawyers from over 290 firms across 61 countries. The lawyers selected are identified for their outstanding work handling a range of debt and equity transactions, structured financings, and Islamic finance matters.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Bilal Ahmad is a top-tier lawyer who market commentators “definitely recommend” when it comes to debt and equity transactions, and Islamic finance matters.
Sylvia Kierszenbaum is a distinguished name in the market, revered for her superb regulatory expertise and knowledge of structured finance transactions.
Dirk Meeus enjoys a stellar reputation thanks to his vast experience of debt and equity capital markets matters including IPOs, bond issuances and private placements.
Anzal Mohammed is a key player in capital markets, highlighted for his tremendous knowledge of emerging markets and shariah-compliant finance structures.
Lucy Oddy is a structured finance specialist, distinguished for her expert handling of complex cross-border acquisitions and transactions.
Marc Plepelits is widely commended by sources who compliment his extensive experience advising on high-value bond issuances and securitisation transactions.
Jonathan Melton stands out for his exceptional work handling complex securities and financial transactions, such as exchanging offers and consent solicitations.
David Ballegeer is revered for the top-tier advice he delivers to clients on IPOs and equity transactions, and stands out as one of the foremost capital market experts in the Belgian market.
Carson Welsh ranks highly among peers thanks to his sweeping knowledge of debt capital markets transactions and securities regulation.
Marco Carbonare is lauded as a “smart ECM specialist” equipped with a “strong combination of capital markets knowledge and M&A experience”.
Fredrik Lindqvist is well regarded among peers who commend his first-rate practice, which focuses on acquisition and IPO matters for large institutional clients.
António Soares is a “senior statesman of Portugal capital markets” according to impressed sources who respect his vast knowledge and experience of debt and equity transactions.
Peter Waltz is championed for his standout work for underwriters and issuers on debt-based financing deals.
José Manuel Cuenca draws widespread plaudits for his impressive work on and sweeping knowledge of debt capital markets transactions.
Alberta Figari stands out for her extensive experience representing clients in takeover offers as well as in M&A transactions.
George Hacket receives effusive praise from peers as a “smart, excellent negotiator, who goes the extra mile for clients”.
Kevin Ingram is a corporate finance expert equipped with broad expertise in capital market regulation and securitisation procedures.
Steve Jacoby is highlighted for his impressive knowledge and experience of complex capital markets transactions and regulatory matters.
Sebastian Maerker is singled out by sources as a “superb debt capital market lawyer with a strong ability in structured finance”.
Stuart Ure impresses clients with his “depth of knowledge” used to advise on structured financings and Islamic finance transactions.
Christoph Gleske is leading light in the German market whose speciality lies in capital market transactions including IPOs, secondary share placements and high-yield debt financing matters.
Deborah Janssens possesses “outstanding knowledge of the market” and is hailed as “the number one adviser in Belgium” who “really goes the extra mile for clients”.
Marcus Mackenzie is considered a “big market name” due to his phenomenal work handling complex refinancings across a variety of sectors, including transportation and hospitality.
Stephan Pachinger is a well-regarded lawyer whose practice spans a wide range of capital markets matters, including IPOs and high-yield bond issuances.
Rick van Aerssen enjoys a stellar reputation in the market as a result of his “formidable combination of ECM and M&A experience”.
Debashis Dey is celebrated as a key player in the UAE for complex sukuk issuances and securitisations.
Ferigo Foscari is an accomplished lawyer who excels in transactional matters such as capital increases, block trades and IPOs.
Willem Van de Wiele earns acclaim from respondents for his deep expertise in structured finance, debt securitisation and specialist fintech knowledge.
Karsten Wöckener stands out as “the most experienced and frequently seen German DCM lawyer advising on Austrian transactions”.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher is a prominent name in the Swiss capital markets arena, renowned for his excellence in related transactions and regulatory issues.
René Bösch is revered as a leading figure in the Swiss market thanks to his incredible attention to detail and vast experience of capital market transactions.
Daniel Daeniker enjoys a superb reputation for his exceptional advice to clients on securities offerings, listings and regulatory matters pertaining to securities.
Dieter Gericke is favoured by clients due to his “rare business and financial command”, combined with considerable knowledge of debt financing, private placement and US IPOs.
Luis Branco performs exceedingly well in this year’s research for his stellar work handling complex capital market transactions.
Marisa Larguinho is a corporate finance expert recognised by peers for her strong experience advising clients on private equity and M&A transactions.
Filipe Lowndes Marques is recognised as a top-tier practitioner with significant expertise in IPO matters and share placements for clients in the energy sector.
Carlos Osório de Castro is considered “one of the best lawyers in Portugal” by sources who cite his extensive capital markets and M&A knowledge.
Till Spillmann is a highly skilled capital markets expert who receives widespread plaudits for his exceptional work assisting underwriters and issuers.
Philippe Weber is a top-rated lawyer renowned for his impressive practice, which encompasses a wide array of related matters including IPOs and bond issuances.
Christina Del Vecchio impresses clients who view her as “a problem-solver and a leader, with the ability to get the work done even in the face of difficult obstacles”.
Other leading individuals
Claus Schneider at Wolf Theiss is a banking and finance specialist, held in high esteem for his vast expertise in debt and hybrid securities.
Schoenherr Attorneys at Law’s Ursula Rath is lauded as an “ambitious young partner” in the capital markets space by peers who consider her to be “very talented”.
David Quirolo at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft claims status as “a market name” with a remarkable knowledge of derivates and structured products.
Milbank’s Munib Hussain is an Islamic project finance expert who possesses “a real focus on the client experience” and is “highly skilled at explaining complex concepts”.
Carsten Berrar at Sullivan & Cromwell is a first-class capital markets lawyer celebrated for his “outstanding ECM capabilities”.
Wolfgang Feuring is highly regarded by peers who commend his first-rate practice, which sees him advise large institutional clients on acquisitions and capital market transactions.
At Arthur Cox, Cormac Kissane enjoys an excellent reputation for his vast experience and knowledge of debt and hybrid capital markets.
Chaim Friedland at Gornitzky & Co is much respected among peers who consider him to be “one of Israel’s leading capital markets lawyers”.
At Meitar Law Offices Clifford Felig is distinguished in the Israeli market for his remarkable ability when advising domestic and multinational corporations on public offerings and transactions.
Chiomenti’s Enrico Giordano is a corporate finance specialist who ranks prominently in the Italian market for his leading work on IPOs, share placements and capital increases.
Vassiliyan Zanev at Loyens & Loeff is “very experienced” according to sources who are “impressed by his ability to adapt and professionally lead any kind of capital markets transactions”.
G Elias & Co’s Gbolahan Elias SAN stands out with clients who “find him brilliant and able to solve the most complex issues”.
Lars Knem Christie at Advokatfirmaet BAHR is looked upon with enormous favour by respondents who applaud his tremendous work centred on IPOs, rights offerings and high-yield debt offerings.
At Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm, Tone Østensen is regarded a leading figure for her astute knowledge of complex capital market transactions.
Sverre Sandvik is “an excellent lawyer” who impresses with the expert advice he provides to clients on IPOs and securities.
Francisco Sá Carneiro at Campos Ferreira Sá Carneiro & Associados is a strong favourite among peers who assert he “should definitely be on the list” for his outstanding capital markets practice.
At VdA Pedro Cassiano Santos is singled out by impressed market commentators as “the top star of structured finance” in Portugal.
At Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå, André Andersson is held in high regard for his strong understanding of debt capital markets transactions.
Patrik Marcelius ranks highly among peers who consider him a go-to name in Sweden for securities law including IPOs and equity offerings.
Thomas Reutter at Bär & Karrer is one of Switzerland’s most distinguished capital markets specialists and receives extensive recommendations thanks to his outstanding work for underwriters and issuers.
At Lenz & Staehelin, Shelby du Pasquier is “a well-known practitioner”, revered for his expert handling of debt and equity capital markets transactions.
Jacques Iffland is hailed as “an excellent lawyer and professor”, with a deep knowledge of corporate finance transactions and securities regulation.
At Walder Wyss Markus Pfenninger is a top name for corporate finance and offers stellar advice on capital markets regulation, securities and structured transactions.
Serhiy Chorny at Baker McKenzie – CIS is an acclaimed capital markets specialist, celebrated as “a legend in the market with a well-respected banking finance practice”.
At Avellum, Glib Bondar is “doing incredible work on the most prominent transactions in the market” according to peers who view him as “one of the very best lawyers in this space”.
United Arab Emirates
Tahir Jawed at Maples Group stands out for his exceptional work advising clients on listings, Islamic finance transactions and securitisations.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Patricia Olasker is widely respected among peers who commend her sweeping knowledge of structured finance and M&A transactions.
Vincent Mercier is a well-recognised figure in the Canadian market where he enjoys a strong reputation for his expert advice on private equity and M&A transactions.
D Shawn McReynolds is a prominent figure in the corporate finance space, noted for his stellar work assisting underwriters and issuers in debt-based finance deals.
Keith Chatwin performs strongly in this year’s research thanks to his expert handling of public and private capital markets transactions.
Christopher Nixon is a “terrific lawyer” who earns widespread plaudits for his extensive experience of equity capital market matters.
Jeffrey Singer is a top name for corporate finance in Canada, where he is a trusted adviser to major financial and private equity clients.
Michael Kaplan is a seasoned capital markets expert who is “fantastic to work with” according to impressed peers.
Bruce Dallas is a long-standing fixture in the capital markets space where he is distinguished for his exemplary work on complex debt and equity offerings and securities transactions.
Alan Denenberg is “a pleasure to work with”, compliment sources who highlight his ability to “always find an agreeable solution”.
Joseph Hall is a top-notch capital markets specialist recognised for his profound expertise in securities offerings and financings.
Jeffrey Lloyd impresses market commentators with his expansive knowledge of complex securities and public offerings.
Will Fung is widely acknowledged for his vast experience of debt and equity capital markets matters including private placements, bond issuances and IPOs.
Eric Moncik is highly experienced in capital market transactions and well versed at advising issuers and underwriters on debt and equity security offerings.
Tim Andison is a standout name among peers, with expertise spanning a range of matters from IPOs to securitisation transactions.
Other leading individuals
At Burnet Duckworth & Palmer Alyson Goldman is highly sought after thanks to her stellar advice to energy-sector clients on public offerings and capital markets transactions.
C Steven Cohen is looked upon with enormous favour by peers who applaud his “terrific” practice encompassing a variety of public equity and debt offerings and M&A transactions.
Bill Gorman at Goodmans is credited with “considerable experience and deep knowledge of Canadian securities laws”, as well as the ability to “apply creative approaches to resolve difficult problems”.
At Dentons Canada William Jenkins enjoys an excellent reputation for his expertise in complex equity transactions and offerings.
Scott Cochlan at Torys earns widespread plaudits for his impressive handling of capital markets matters including regulatory and compliance issues as well as transactions.
Mayer Brown’s Phyllis Korff is a leading light in the US market with an “exceptionally strong practice” and vast experience advising on IPOs and securities across a multitude of sectors.
Joshua Davidson at Baker Botts is widely regarded as a “very strong capital markets lawyers” whose practice has a keen focus on industries within the energy sector.
Gene Oshman eclipses peers with his expert advice to issuers and underwriters on debt and equity security offerings.
Colin Diamond at White & Case is hailed as “exceptional” when it comes to a range of capital markets matters, including IPOs and high-yield bond issuances.
At Sullivan & Cromwell Robert Buckholz Jr stands out among peers in the US market thanks to his profound understanding of debt and hybrid securities.
Ryan Maierson at Latham & Watkins comes highly recommended for his superb work advising on high-value IPOs and securities offerings, as well as M&A transactions.
At Vinson & Elkins David Palmer Oelman is a well-established name in the capital markets arena, where he offers sterling advice on IPOs and equity transactions.
Robert Kimball is esteemed by market commentators for his impressive handling of public and private capital markets transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jerry Koh is widely recognised as “very knowledgeable and very experienced” in capital markets transactions, REITs and acquisitions.
Margaret Chin showcases “great commitment to clients” who praise her “excellent attention to detail” and “relentless pursuit of ideas to address issues”.
Magdalene Leong is “knowledgeable and resilient with an ability to think outside the legal box”, comment sources who praise her “meticulous” approach to capital market transactions.
Leonard Ching is considered “great for IPOs” and provides “high quality and accuracy” for clients who appreciate his “highly commercial outlook”.
Tze-Gay Tan is celebrated for her “sound advice” to clients who are impressed by her “business pragmatism when finding solutions to problems”.
In Japan, Reiko Sakimura ranks highly among peers for her remarkable knowledge of complex securities and public offerings and is deemed a “go-to person for UK law”.
Rahul Guptan wins widespread acclaim for his vast experience handling IPOs for high-tech companies.
Johannes Juette is an “excellent lawyer” with a “terrific” practice centred on IPOs, rights offerings and high-yield debt offerings.
Connie Heng is highly thought of among peers thanks to her profound knowledge of complex securities offerings and capital issuances.
Other leading individuals
Sidley Austin’s Mimma Barila is identified as one of Australia’s premier capital markets experts thanks to her experience advising issuers and underwriters on debt and equity security offerings.
Robert Meyers is a highly respected capital markets specialist, with extensive experience advising on US and international financial transactions.
Stuart Byrne at Clayton Utz is a standout name in the Australian market, revered for his expert counsel to investment banks and issuers on a range of debt and equity matters.
At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Jonathan Stone impresses market observers and is widely considered “an expert in international capital markets work”.
Teresa Ko at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has “become a major figure in the market”, according to sources who compliment her adept handling of high-value equity transactions and joint ventures.
Sandip Bhagat at S&R Associates is “absolutely stellar” according to clients who consider him “very experienced, really clever and a seasoned hand at finding solutions”.
At Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Prashant Gupta has a sterling reputation for high-value capital markets transactions, capital raising and IPOs.
Manan Lahoty at IndusLaw is a standout figure in the market thanks to his considerable expertise in complex debt and equity capital markets transactions.
At Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Yash Ashar receives widespread plaudits for his expert advice to major clients on IPOs and securities.
Peter Frost at Linklaters is distinguished for his “strong advice” to clients and considerable experience of high-value bond issuance and securitisation transactions.
At Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Takahiro Saito is a prominent name in the Japanese market, highlighted for his “excellent understanding of business needed to coordinate a deal”.
Kenji Paul Taneda at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom draws praise for his superb corporate finance practice and remarkable expertise in equity capital markets transactions.
At Albar & Partners, Lily Tan Chea Li ranks ahead of peers in the region for her adept handling of capital markets transactions, REITs and acquisitions.
Rajiv Gupta at Latham & Watkins is an outstanding practitioner with extensive experience of sophisticated capital markets transactions and structured finance matters.
Michael Sturrock is a standout name in the Singaporean market where he is “very well known for his excellent work in the area”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jean Marcel Arakawa is hailed as an “innovative thinker” by clients impressed by his “solution-oriented attitude, combined with a deep technical knowledge”.
Marina Anselmo Schneider is corporate finance expert who is highly regarded for her in-depth knowledge of debt and hybrid securities.
Bruno Tuca is held in high esteem for his superb handling of high-value structured finance transactions.
Frederico Kerr Bullamah is “very strong in structured finance, capital markets and special situations debt” and “stands out for being highly prepared and knowledgeable”.
Fernando Zorzo ranks prominently in the Brazilian market where he has a top-notch practice that spans securities, capital markets and equity transactions.
Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro impresses market commentators with his expertise handling private equity transactions.
Other leading individuals
Roberto Silva Jr at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is highly regarded for his wide-ranging skillset that runs the gamut of capital markets matters, from debt and equity transactions to derivatives.
At Pérez Alati Grondona Benites & Arntsen, Diego Serrano Redonnet is a capital markets specialist known for his strong expertise when advising clients across a range of sectors, from technology to real estate.
White & Case’s Donald Baker is considered “outstanding” for his adept handling of complex cross-border acquisitions and transactions.
Juan Giráldez at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton enjoys a stellar reputation for his work on sophisticated capital markets transactions and joint ventures.
At Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira is recognised for his extensive experience of capital markets and private equity transactions.
Grenfel Calheiros at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett “is very well prepared and has great experience in capital markets transactions” according to impressed peers.
At Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría Andrés Sanfuentes stands out for his vast experience advising clients on private equity and M&A transactions.
Marcelo Armas is “a great practitioner” who is “client-oriented” and “always brings reasonable solutions” to complex capital markets issues.
At Miranda & Amado Abogados Juan Luis Avendaño C receives effusive praise from peers who regard him as “very clever” thanks to his expert handling of complex equity and debt-related transactions.