Herbert Smith Freehills

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Frequently engaged by issuers and deal managers on debt and equity matters in the UK. Additional expertise in international deals, including those in emerging markets. Also able to provide support on regulatory matters and capital markets-related litigation. Specific expertise includes private placements, equity-linked transactions and EMTN programmes. Significant experience in UK IPOs and other equity deals undertaken within the context of refinancings or restructurings.

Strengths One commentator says: "The dedication and team commitment is really good."

Another notes: "They are really solid in terms of their knowledge. They can turn around quickly and get things done."

Work highlights Advised Tideway on updates to, and maintenance of, its £10 billion debt issuance programme.

Notable practitioners


Amy Geddes
is a frequent choice for banks and issuers on debt financing across the euro, dollar and sterling markets. She is head of the firm's DCM team and comes highly recommended for her ability to coordinate work on complex, high-value transactions.


James Palmer
is the chair and senior partner of the firm. He has broad experience in the capital markets field and is especially well known for his ECM-focused practice.

Leader of the US securities practice
Tom O'Neill
is respected for his work on dollar-dominated debt for transactions involving European banks and issuers.
"He is very thorough, experienced and responsive."