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Global UK Capital Markets: Debt

Investment grade debt offerings (stand alone bond issues, MTN programs, Commercial Paper programmes); equity-linked offerings (regulatory capital, convertibles and exchangeable offerings) and; High Yield debt offerings. 

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Band 1
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Strong performers on sovereign DCM issuances and high-value IPOs. Benefits from both US and European capabilities, as well as a far-reaching high-yield practice with support from specialists in Hong Kong and New York. Equally at home acting for both issuers and underwriters. Particular expertise in securities laws including Rule 144A offerings, which enables the smooth handling of complex cross-border transactions.
  2. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Market-leading firm recognised for skilled handling of both debt and equity transactions as well as offering capabilities in high-yield matters. Handles transactions across the UK, Europe and the USA, demonstrating prowess in areas such as liability management, sovereign bonds and equity-linked products. Benefits from strong ties to its banking and finance team. Particular expertise in convertible bond issues and green bond DCM transactions.
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    White & Case LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Provides skilled representation across DCM, ECM and high-yield capital markets transactions. Especially recognised for cross-border work, with an extremely strong presence in European capital markets as well as the Middle East, Africa and other emerging markets. Areas of particular specialism include sovereign deals, debt restructurings and equity listings for EMEA issuers. Routinely sought after for advice on high-value regulatory capital matters and liability management work.
  4. Allen & Overy LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Tackles a diverse range of DCM and ECM transactions, from IPOs to sovereign bonds and MTN programmes. The team represents both issuers and banks, as well as regulators and exchanges. Significant experience in equity-linked deals, liability management and rights issues, as well as cross-border mandates. Also offers strong capabilities in the high-yield capital markets space.
  2. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Norton Rose Fulbright
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    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    A strong presence in the world of sovereign bonds and debt offerings in the emerging markets. Also has expertise handling private placements for UK clients, and routinely works for both issuers and underwriters. Further recommended for specialist representation of Canadian clients.
  2. Shearman & Sterling LLP
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    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Regularly involved in cross-border ECM and DCM work including innovative debt financings and IPOs. Benefits from an integrated bank and bond practice, as well as extensive experience advising on high-yield offerings. Equally capable of representing issuers and underwriters on a variety of sophisticated transactions.
  3. Sidley Austin LLP
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    Sidley Austin LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Handles DCM work for a client roster of issuers, financial institutions and investment banks, tackling US, UK and European offerings. Demonstrates strength in a range of cross-border debt offerings and restructurings. Also offers skills in Euromarket debt, regulatory capital and liability management transactions. Significant experience in US securities law and high-yield debt offerings.
  4. Slaughter and May
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    Slaughter and May
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Brings an issuer-side focus to both its DCM and ECM work. Comes highly recommended for its work with UK-based corporate groups on equity listings including high-value IPOs. Also recommended for its debt practice, advising on standard issuances as well as more complex structures such as equity-linked products.
  5. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
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    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Provides strong domestic capabilities and international coverage for cross-border capital markets transactions, assisting both issuers and underwriters. Offers expertise across the full range of DCM matters. Recent experience includes advising on bank capital securities work.
  6. Ashurst
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  7. Dentons
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  8. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  9. Simmons & Simmons LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Provides counsel to financial institutions on debt and equity offerings, and brings its close relationship with the firm's corporate lawyers to bear on acquisition financings. Fields a team with extensive experience handling capital markets transactions in Europe and in emerging markets. Particular experience handling matters in the Netherlands, Germany and the Nordic region.
  2. Mayer Brown International LLP
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    Mayer Brown International LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Well-regarded global law firm with a comprehensive US-focused DCM offering. Routinely acts for large banking and financial services clients on sophisticated transactions. Also known for its experience in emerging markets deals.
  3. Morrison Foerster
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    Morrison Foerster
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Offers strong cross-border capability on high-value debt transactions, acting for financial institutions and issuers. Best known for its private placement work, with further areas of expertise in structured products, hybrid offerings and covered bonds. Able to draw on support from an international network of partners from offices in New York and Tokyo.
  4. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Comprehensive capital markets practice encompassing expertise in debt and equity offerings across multiple jurisdictions, particularly in relation to growth markets. Areas of focus include Eurobonds and convertibles as well as regulatory capital transactions and hybrid securities. Also notable for its capital markets-related fintech work.
  5. Baker McKenzie
    Capital Markets: Debt
    Global 2022 | Band 4