Capital Markets 2018

This year’s capital markets research highlights 847 lawyers for their experience advising on debt and equity, structured finance, and Islamic finance offerings and transactions. Through nominations from peers and clients, these practitioners have been identified as the very best in the market.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Anzal Mohammed Allen & Overy LLP, Dubai
2. Cormac Kissane Arthur Cox, Dublin
3. Thomas U Reutter Bär & Karrer, Zurich
4. David Quirolo Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, London
5. António Soares Linklaters LLP, Lisbon
6. Jorge de Brito Pereira Uría Menéndez, Lisbon

 

Leading Firms

Allen & Overy

This full-service international firm achieves 35 listings across our three capital markets chapters.
In Dubai, Anzal Mohammed is a big name when it comes to debt and equity and Islamic finance matters. Peers comment that “he is the star of the firm” in the region, and he enjoys a superb reputation for his work in the space.
Bilal Ahmad draws praise as a leading Islamic finance lawyer and “a very strong player” in the debt and equity market.
Sylvia Kierszenbaum is a highly regarded structured finance and debt and equity lawyer in the firm’s Belgium office. Peers say, “She is excellent in hybrid transactions,” and highlight her vast knowledge of structured debt products.

Linklaters

A prominent player in EMEA, achieving 27 listings in this edition.
London-based Michael Voisin is head of the firm’s global capital markets practice. He is a highly regarded structured finance lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of derivatives, and is well known for his extensive expertise in the field. 
Thought Leader António Soares is a “top lawyer” in the Portuguese market. He is a go-to adviser to major companies and financial institutions and is widely regarded for his “outstanding” work in debt and equity transactions.
In Brussels, the “excellent” David Ballegeer draws praise from peers and clients alike for his superb expertise spanning debt and equity transactions and structured finance products.
Dubai is home to Scott Campbell, an esteemed debt and equity lawyer who is widely recognised as “a standout partner at Linklaters”. Peers say, “Scott runs the show and delivers for his clients.”

Homburger

This leading Swiss firm achieves eight listings in this year’s research.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher is a leading capital markets lawyer in Switzerland, who stands out for his impeccable knowledge of structured finance products and debt and equity matters. He is a well-known regulatory expert and a seasoned civil litigator.
René Bösch is applauded for his “phenomenal legal expertise and experience” in complex capital market transactions and regulatory matters. He enjoys a superb reputation among peers and clients alike, who say, “He is excellent for debt transactions.”

Clifford Chance

With an impressive 32 listings, this magic circle firm is recognised as a leader in EMEA.
Kevin Ingram is a highly regarded practitioner in the firm’s London office, who is extremely well versed in complex structured finance transactions.
Christopher Walsh is a structured finance expert with a strong international practice. He boasts broad experience in a range of major transactions and is a go-to lawyer among major global banks.

Morais Leităo Galvăo Teles Soares da Silva e Associados Sociedade de Advogados

This firm has a strong presence in the Portuguese market and achieves eight listings from its Lisbon and Porto offices.
Filipe Lowndes Marques is a leading lawyer in Portugal who “is excellent for debt capital markets work” and is known for his experience representing lenders and borrowers alike.
Carlos Osório de Castro is a revered structured finance lawyer who enjoys an excellent reputation for his strong transactional practice and experience advising on major projects.
Luis Branco comes “highly regarded” for a range of complex capital markets mandates including transactions, securitisation and derivatives. Peers say, “He is a standout lawyer for debt capital markets work.”
Corporate practice head João Soares da Silva is highlighted as “a renowned equity lawyer” by peers, who refer to him as “a top lawyer” in the Portuguese market.

Vieira de Almeida

This Portuguese firm is a leading player in the domestic market and achieves seven listings.
Paula Gomes Freire is a renowned finance expert with deep expertise in capital markets. She has broad experience in asset-based transactions and debt financing matters, both in Portugal and abroad.
Pedro Cassiano Santos is celebrated as “the best lawyer in Portugal” by one source. He leads the firm’s finance practice and is well versed in regulatory matters concerning debt and equity products.

Maples and Calder

This full-service firm achieves seven listings in the region. 
In Dubai, Tahir Jawed boasts extensive experience in debt capital markets and Islamic finance products. He excels in the regional market and is widely known for his expertise in offshore structures.
The firm’s Dublin office is home to Nollaig Murphy, an esteemed capital markets specialist who is widely known for his expertise in structured and leveraged finance.
Dubai-based Manuela Belmontes enjoys a superb reputation for international capital markets work and is regularly engaged to advise on major transactions in the Middle East.

Uría Menéndez

This international law firm secures six listings.
Jorge de Brito Pereira is a revered capital markets specialist. He enjoys a superb reputation among peers, who say, “He is very strong for equity work, and is very popular among clients.”
Carlos Costa Andrade draws praise as “an excellent and very active player” in the Portuguese market. Based in Lisbon, he advises major clients on IPOs and securities. 

White & Case

A full-service firm with eight listings in EMEA.
Debashis Dey “is certainly one of the main practitioners” in the UAE, say peers, who describe him as “a wonderful and very strong lawyer” in structured finance, debt and equity, and Islamic financing transactions.
In Astana, Pavel Kornilov is a highly recommended debt and equity specialist who “really knows the law” and boasts extensive experience advising on high-value bond issuance and securitisation transactions.

Mannheimer Swartling

This firm has a strong presence in the Nordic region and achieves six listings in this year’s guide.
Mattias Lampe draws praise as “a clear leader” in the field. Clients say, “He has demonstrated time and time again that he is a cut above the rest in the industry. He is extremely able as a lawyer, is highly intelligent, and has a can-do attitude.”
With almost three decades of experience, André Andersson is a prominent figure in the Swedish market. He leads the firm’s finance group and is well known for his excellent debt and equity practice.

Bär & Karrer

This Swiss law firm achieves five listings.
Thomas Reutter is a highly regarded debt and equity specialist with vast experience advising listed clients in complex transactions. “He is pragmatic, available and friendly,” say clients, who commend “his quick turnaround and pragmatic answers to complex legal questions".
Eric Stupp is a go-to adviser among major banks and financial services companies. With extensive experience in the field, he is extremely knowledgeable on regulatory matters and high-value transactions.

Arthur Cox

This full service commercial law firm has a strong presence in Ireland and achieves six listings in this year’s research.
In Dublin, Glenn Butt draws praise for “his great problem-solving abilities, depth of legal and market knowledge and excellent client communication skills”.
Thought Leader Cormac Kissane boasts broad experience in cross-border debt and equity offerings and is a go-to adviser to Irish and international lenders, borrowers and financial institutions.

 

Other Leading Individuals

England

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London office is home to David Quirolo, a renowned structured finance lawyer with a strong practice in Europe and the US.

At Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Munib Hussain is a revered expert in Islamic project financing. Clients say, “He has answers to the questions that you don’t even know that you have to ask yet.”

Portugal

CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut’s Francisco Xavier de Almeida draws praise as “an excellent debt capital markets lawyer” and is a trusted adviser to major financial and private equity clients.

Switzerland

Niederer Kraft & Frey’s Philippe Weber is widely recognised as a leading name in the Swiss market who is highly thought of for his “outstanding” work in the space. Peers say, “His knowledge and experience spans from funds to bonds and from capital increases to IPOs."

 

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Phyllis G Korff Mayer Brown LLP, New York
2. Robert E Buckholz Jr Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
3. Richard D Truesdell Jr Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York
4. Alan Denenberg Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Menlo Park
5. Michael Kaplan Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, New York

Leading Firms 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

This powerhouse firm has a market-leading capital markets practice achieves and six listings in this edition.
David Goldschmidt enjoys an excellent reputation in the New York market and is known for his expert counsel to investment banks and issuers on a range of debt and equity matters.

Latham & Watkins

With nine listings, the firm stands out as a leading player in North America.
In the firm’s Houston office, Ryan Maierson “is an excellent lawyer” who is highlighted for his top-quality counsel on debt and equity transactions.
Sean Wheeler, also based in Houston, is well known for his “fantastic” transactional practice and sophisticated knowledge of debt and equity structures.

Dentons

A global heavyweight firm that achieves seven listings in the region. 
William Jenkins is a highly regarded practitioner in the Canadian market. He enjoys an excellent reputation among peers for his expert transactional practice and intricate knowledge of structured finance products.
William Gilliland draws praise as a technical structured finance lawyer. He represents public and private companies in cross-border matters and is a well-known figure in the Calgary market.

Davis Polk & Wardwell

This full-service commercial firm is a strong player in the US and achieves eight listings here.
Richard Truesdell Jr is a renowned debt and equity lawyer. He co-heads the practice at the firm and is a go-to adviser to investment banks and private companies.
Fellow practice co-head Michael Kaplan enjoys a superb reputation for his expertise in high-yield debt financing matters and is a leading lawyer among corporate and financial sector clients.
Alan Denenberg is a highly regarded corporate finance specialist with vast debt financing experience. He also boasts a strong private and public equity practice and is regularly engaged to represent major international clients.
Bruce Dallas is “a very strong player” in the US market with a strong practice encompassing debt offerings and IPOs.

Cravath Swaine & Moore

Six listings are achieved by lawyers in the firm’s New York office.
With over 25 years’ experience, William Whelan III is a well-known authority on debt offerings. He advises corporates, issuers and banks and enjoys an excellent reputation in the US market.
Stephen Burns “is great to work with” and draws praise from peers for “his business-minded approach” to capital markets transactions.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Recognised for its strong capital markets practice in Canada, with six lawyers listed.
The “excellent” Patricia Olasker is a highly regarded transactional expert who stands out for her work in debt and equity markets.
In Toronto, the highly rated Vincent Mercier boasts a strong transactions practice and deep expertise in the debt and equity space.

Stikeman Elliott

The firm has a strong capital markets offering and achieves nine listings here.
Edward Waitzer stands out as a “terrific” transactional lawyer. With over 35 years’ experience at the firm, he is a trusted adviser to major corporate clients.
William Braithwaite is an esteemed corporate finance lawyer with deep expertise in capital markets transactions. He represents public and private clients alike and comes highly regarded for his excellent advisory practice.
The “outstanding” Jeffrey Singer stands out as one of the leading names in Toronto and is noted for his expertise in private equity transactions.

Goodmans

This Canadian law firm achieves six listings in this year’s research.
The “terrific” Neill May is a well-known capital markets expert at the firm. He is a trusted adviser to a range of clients and stands out for his expertise in financing transactions and securities.
Stephen Halperin has a strong debt and equity practice and is well known for his excellent work on major corporate finance transactions.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

Graham Gow is a leading name at McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto office. He is well known as an “outstanding” adviser on debt and equity financed transactions.

USA

The “terrific” Phyllis Korff at Mayer Brown is a seasoned debt and equity expert. She is a go-to lawyer among issuers and financial institutions and boasts broad international experience. 

Sullivan & Cromwell in New York is home to Robert Buckholz Jr, a highly regarded debt and equity lawyer with vast experience representing issuers and underwriters in complex financings.

At Kirkland & Ellis, Richard Aftanas draws praise as a “terrific” capital markets lawyer with expertise in private equity securities and complex debt offerings.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s New York office is home to Leslie Silverman, an esteemed lawyer with extensive knowledge of a range of debt and equity products. With over 40 years in the area, he is known as one of the most experienced names in the US market.

Structured finance expert Richard Schetman is a standout practitioner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. He leads the financial services practice at the firm and boasts deep expertise in derivatives and securitisation.

 

Asia-Pacific and Latin America

Thought Leaders
1. Jon Gray Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Tokyo
2. Michael Sturrock Latham & Watkins LLP, Singapore
3. Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
4. Sandip Bhagat S&R Associates, Mumbai
5. Jonathan B Stone Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Hong Kong

Leading Firms

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

The São Paulo office of this eminent Brazilian law firm is home to a market leading capital markets practice and achieves nine listings here.
Marina Anselmo Schneider draws praise from peers and clients alike for her deep expertise in the field and is a trusted adviser to major banks, financial institutions and sponsors.
José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz is a leading name in Brazil, described by one source as “the best banking lawyer in Brazil”. Clients say, “He is extremely clever and knowledgeable about global banking and securities regulations.”
Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo stands out as “a top-notch expert in Brazil” and is commended as a “responsive and commercial lawyer” who provides excellent client service.

Clifford Chance

This international firm achieves nine listings in the Asia-Pacific region.
In Singapore, Raymond Tong draws praise as an “excellent” capital markets lawyer with an impressive roster of major financial clients.
Reiko Sakimura is a prominent figure at the firm’s Tokyo office, and stands out as “a fast and responsive” practitioner with strong knowledge of debt and equity offerings.
Johannes Juette boasts a strong practice in South East Asia and is regularly engaged to advise on high-value debt and equity transactions and tender offers.

Allen & Gledhill

With nine listings, this full-service firm is a prominent player in Singapore.
Tan Tze-Gay is widely recognised as “a leader in the regional market”. She heads the firm’s equity capital markets practice and boasts “a very strong reputation” for her work in the space.
Jerry Koh is a well-known name and draws wide-ranging endorsements for his sophisticated knowledge and advice on REIT capital offerings. 
Margaret Chin leads the firm’s debt capital markets practice and is a go-to adviser to major financial institutions and corporations.

S&R Associates

This Indian law firm has a broad commercial practice and achieves four listings in the capital markets space.
Sandip Bhagat draws praise as “the finest practitioner” in the market, who enjoys “the highest reputation” among peers and clients alike for his work in debt and equity, and structured finance matters.
Juhi Singh impresses market commentators with her “hands-on approach” to debt capital offerings. Sources say, “She provides excellent guidance on market practice and commercial transactions and has a very sound grasp of complex Indian rules.”

Kinstellar

This independent law firm is a major player in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and achieves seven listings in Kazakhstan.
Maxim Grekov is held in high esteem for his vast expertise in debt and equity offerings and structured finance matters. He is often engaged in high-value financial transactions for major banks, funds and corporations. 
Adlet Yerkinbayev is an esteemed expert in debt and equity offerings and is a well-known Islamic finance lawyer. He represents large financial clients and funds on high-profile transactions and enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in the space.

Pinheiro Guimarães

This Brazilian law firm achieves five listings.
Ivie Moura Alves is highly visible in the Brazilian legal market and is highlighted as “a great lawyer who is highly skilled in debt transactions”.
Francisco José Pinheiro Guimarães comes highly recommended as a knowledgeable expert in structured finance and debt and equity offerings by peers and clients alike.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Sydney-based Karolina Popic of Allen & Overy has a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. She provides expert advice on structured finance transactions and is a well-known player in the space.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Sydney office is home to Waldo Jones Jr, a highly regarded capital markets lawyer with a strong cross-border practice and vast experience advising on US financial transactions.

Brazil

Eliana Helena de Gregorio Ambrosio Chimenti is a standout figure in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ São Paulo office and enjoys an excellent reputation in the Latin American region. She is highly recommended by peers and clients alike and boasts broad expertise in debt securities and capital markets transactions.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, Jonathan Stone of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom stands out as “the big name in Asia” and is a highly regarded lawyer for complex debt and equity structures.

India

In Mumbai, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ Yash Ashar is recommended for his sophisticated expertise in debt and equity offerings and IPO transactions.

Japan

In Tokyo, Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Jon Gray is known for “a well-balanced and reasonable approach” to capital markets transactions. He is a seasoned expert in equity finance and is a go-to lawyer among US issuers and private equity funds.

Singapore

At Latham & Watkins, Michael Sturrock draws praise from peers and clients alike for his “excellent” debt and equity practice and extensive expertise in financial transactions.

Chi Tern Hoon is a standout lawyer at Rajah & Tann Singapore. Clients commend his “innovative approach, clear articulation of legal options and permutations and the ability to put these options into a commercial perspective”.

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