Debt capital markets

A&O Shearman’s market leading debt capital markets team advises issuers and underwriters, in all the main financial centers across the globe, on the full spectrum of debt capital markets transactions, both public and private.

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Our lawyers advise on high yield bonds, investment grade bonds, acquisition financings and leveraged buyouts and liability management (tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations). 

We also have extensive expertise in debt programs (shelf registrations and program establishments for notes, commercial paper and other debt instruments), regulatory and hybrid capital, equity-linked instruments, private placements, Islamic structures and sustainable capital markets instruments. 

Our team has been instrumental in many of the major developments in the modern financial markets, from launching the first Eurobond offering in the 1960s through to shaping the evolution of digital bonds and ESG regimes today.  

Renowned for our intellectual rigor, our lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work alongside our regulatory, finance, litigation, tax and restructuring colleagues to develop innovative solutions for our clients, incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.  

In addition to our U.S.-based team, we provide our clients with one of the deepest and most sophisticated U.S. practices on the ground in the U.K., EU, the Middle East and APAC. 

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