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A global team that knows the equity capital markets inside out

IPO candidates are facing new proposed rules from securities regulators and stock exchanges. Investors are demanding enhanced ESG disclosure from quoted companies. These are just two of many factors shaping the markets. Clients turn to us for our insightful advice and deep experience across global equity capital markets transactions. 

Near-constant change in global equity capital markets adds complexity. And it’s an area we know well, alongside the debt capital markets. We act for every type of participant, giving us valuable insights into what each expects. We bring industry-specific experience in business verticals, including life sciences, technology, real estate, consumer/retail, financial services, energy, metals and mining, and diversified industries.  

We’re a global equity capital markets team: 175+ lawyers in 40+ countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. We advise global investment banks, domestic and foreign issuers, and large institutional investors on a range of transactions. These include IPOs, follow-on and confidentially marketed offerings, at-the-market offerings, alternative financings (such as PIPEs and registered directs) and offerings exempt from SEC registration, including under Rule 144A and Regulation S.  

We guide issuers on IPO readiness processes – corporate group reorganizations, amendments of corporate governance arrangements and adoption of equity compensation arrangements, among others. We work with companies’ outside auditors on matters raised by securities regulators. And we help you understand the eligibility requirements, listing rules and review processes that form part of these transactions.  

“We know local laws and regulations and understand nuances of local cultures.”

Companies, underwriters and placement agents rely on our global experience in capital raising transactions, both public and private. We know local laws and regulations and understand nuances of local cultures. And we can facilitate your access to global funding sources through relationships with the business and funding communities.  

Many of our lawyers are qualified in more than one jurisdiction, and outside the US we have US-qualified securities lawyers in Europe and Asia. On complex, cross-border transactions, we offer integrated advice on securities offerings to ensure compliance with domestic and foreign regulatory regimes.  

We work in multidisciplinary teams alongside lawyers from practices that support equity capital markets transactions. This means we can help you with other services, such as M&A, corporate governance and listed-company advisory, equity compensation, intellectual property protection, cybersecurity and data privacy, litigation and regulatory advice, and global and local tax planning.  

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