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Herbert Smith Freehills

Capital Markets

5 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaGlobal 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills is recognised for its highly respected team handling an array of DCM, ECM and securitisation work. Maintains a strong reputation for acting for issuers on highly complex and innovative matters, including high-profile IPOs, dual listings and hybrid issuances. Boasts significant experience in the Eurobond and US private placement spheres. Also noted for its depth of experience interacting with key regulators in the market. Key clients include Goldman Sachs, UBS and Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Booth has an established practice representing lenders and corporates on the establishment of AMTN programmes as well as bond issuances.

Michael Ziegelaar has an active practice advising corporates on institutional placements, security purchase plans and IPOs.

Patrick Lowden is an established DCM lawyer with a wealth of experience acting for clients on debt capital raisings, including note and bond issuances. "He is aware of the practical considerations necessary to facilitate consensus among stakeholders and is able to provide a viewpoint from different perspectives," comments one client.

Philippa Stone is widely reputed as the dominant practitioner with regard to ECM matters, often being the lawyer of choice for issuers, underwriters and lead managers on major IPOs and secondary capital raising. A client describes her as "the absolute ruler of the ECM space in Australia for around 20 years," going on to note: "She is the strongest technician and the most commercially astute lawyer, as well as being very user-friendly."

Tim McEwen is a highly regarded lawyer in the ECM space who frequently acts for corporate clients in relation to issuances and listings. A client comments: "He's calm, measured, prepared well in front of a board."

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Australia

Capital Markets: Debt


Andrew Booth
Band 2
Patrick Lowden
Band 2

Capital Markets: Equity


Michael Ziegelaar
Band 2
Philippa Stone
Star Individuals
Tim McEwen
Band 2