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Herbert Smith Freehills

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity

3 ranked lawyersBand 3London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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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

A client comments: "They are a high-quality firm."

A source remarks: "Herbert Smith always fields professionals of the highest standard in terms of intellectual strength and client service."

Work highlights

Advised Airbus on an update to its EUR11 billion EMTN 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 Herbert Smith Freehills DCM team and comes highly recommended for her ability to coordinate work on complex, high-value transactions.
"She is very thoughtful and does a good job." "She's brilliant technically."

James Palmer possesses broad experience in the capital markets field and is especially well known for his ECM-focused practice. He was the chair and senior partner of Herbert Smith Freehills between 2015 and 2021.

Tom O'Neill is head of US securities at Herbert Smith Freehills. He is respected for his work on dollar-denominated transactions for European banks and issuers.
"He excels in his ability to assess legal matters with a clear view on the implications for other parts of the transaction." "He's a really smart lawyer."

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London (Firms)

Capital Markets: Debt


Amy Geddes
Band 3

Capital Markets: Equity


James Palmer
Band 3
Tom O'Neill
Band 4