Emerging markets finance 

A&O Shearman’s emerging markets finance team advises lenders, borrowers, issuers, sponsors, underwriters, and investors on complex and innovative loan and bond deals across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, central and eastern Europe, southeast Asia and India. 

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Our clients include leading international and regional banks, development finance institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral agencies, private equity funds, hedge funds, corporates, state-owned enterprises, and sovereigns.

Deep legal and commercial acumen 

We have a deep understanding of the legal, regulatory, political, and commercial issues in emerging markets, having been involved in some of their most innovative finance and capital markets transactions for decades. 

We advise on the full spectrum of financing deals, from investment grade to highly leveraged, and combine our market-leading expertise in corporate finance, project finance, structured finance, ECA finance, trade finance, leveraged finance, debt restructuring, and sovereign debt with our knowledge of the specific risks and requirements of high-growth jurisdictions. 

Leading track record in Islamic finance and capital markets deals 

We also have a stellar track record in Islamic finance and capital markets transactions, advising on a range of Shari'ah-compliant products and structures such as sukuk, murabaha, istisna, ijara, and wakala, as well as conventional bonds, notes, and certificates.  

Our lawyers are diverse, multicultural and fluent in languages including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic. They work alongside our corporate and M&A, energy, infrastructure, mining, telecoms, dispute resolution, and sanctions teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients' needs.  

We have offices in many of the key financial centres in emerging markets, and where we do not currently have a presence we work closely with the leading national firms to deliver a seamless cross-border service. 

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