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Capital Markets

Shearman & Sterling's lawyers have represented clients in some of the most sophisticated and innovative capital-raising transactions for over 100 years. They have navigated the complex regulatory regime that governs our clients' businesses since those regulations went into effect in the first half of the last century. Our practice has grown as our clients' businesses have grown and the capital markets have developed and diversified. In many instances we helped shape the legal practices that implemented and expanded those developments, notably the growth of the high yield market, the globalization of capital markets, and the increase in worldwide privatizations.

Our capital markets lawyers have the knowledge and skills to advise our clients on complex, multijurisdictional transactions that require experience across multiple practice areas. With offices in Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the United States, our global reach enables the members of our group to provide US, English, French, German, Hong Kong and Italian law advice.

Our capital markets lawyers advise clients on all types of securities transactions, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance issues, including:

Public and Private Securities Offerings

  • Global offerings
  • Initial public offerings
  • Follow-on equity offerings
  • Convertible and other equity-linked offerings
  • Spin-offs and split-offs
  • Liability management
  • Acquisition finance and leveraged buyouts
  • Investment-grade debt offerings
  • High yield debt offerings
  • Securitizations

Securities Law and Corporate Governance

  • Periodic disclosure for domestic and non-US companies of all sizes
  • Corporate governance advice to boards of directors and their committees
  • Compliance by non-US multinationals subject to US regulatory standards
  • Advice to trustees and corporate trust intermediaries
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