With a unique practice combining experience in cross-border corporate finance, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and business reorganizations, Patterson Belknap regularly advises clients across the globe on highly complex and diverse cross-border capital markets transactions, including:

  • development, structuring and negotiation of public and private offerings of equity, debt and hybrid assets;
  • U.S. and local market exchange listings and de-listings;
  • founder and affiliate equity financings;
  • going-private transactions;
  • agency-related services for non-U.S. debt and equity offerings;
  • project financing and credit facilities;
  • corporate restructurings;
  • at-the-market (ATM) offers, private investments in public equity (PIPE) offers and registered direct (RDO) offers;
  • exchange, tender and rights offers, and spin offs;
  • novel and first-of-a-kind financial instrument structuring related to: special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), digital asset-based equities, depositary warrants, depositary appreciation rights, depositary notes for corporate and sovereign debt; and
  • various offering and resale exempts (e.g., Regulation D, Regulation S, Rule 144 and Rule 144A).

Our niche practice enables us to work on a significant volume of sophisticated transactions across multiple industries and jurisdictions, which provides us with a deep competence in, and continuous exposure to, a wide range of capital markets transactions around the world. In an increasingly fast-paced market-driven environment, our breadth of experience in these areas affords our clients the benefit of cutting-edge and efficient multi-jurisdictional transaction structuring and implementation.

While our lawyers are based in New York City, our worldwide reputation in cross-border capital markets transactions enables us to advise non-U.S. companies and financial intermediaries (e.g., public exchanges, depositaries, brokerage firms and various financial intermediaries providing agency services) and their counsels on a broad range of issues relating to: establishing and maintaining a U.S. presence, financing business operations and strategic initiatives, structuring and executing corporate transactions, including the acquisition and divestment of corporate assets, and responding to regulatory inquiries in the U.S. and abroad. We proudly align ourselves with our well-developed global networks of leading foreign counsel, financial service advisors and accounting professionals to best meet our clients’ objectives. We aim to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients to help navigate and solve intricate business challenges and legal matters. With market knowledge obtained from myriad transactions over the past three decades and elite referral networks, clients are assured of seamless representation by experienced professionals in both their home and U.S. markets. Our lean and knowledgeable teams, coupled with senior level hands-on supervision at each stage of every transaction, ensure efficient deal structuring and negotiating to provide mission-critical transaction execution for innovative, often landmark, cross-border transactions.

Our cross-border capital markets group benefits from the full resources of our Firm, which includes experience in domestic and international taxation, cross-border insolvency, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law, general corporate representation for commercial matters under both Delaware and New York law, executive compensation matters, employee benefits legislation, and commercial, financial and products liability litigation. Drawing upon the unique strength of our single office, we can effortlessly collaborate with our colleagues across multiple practice areas and summon the full spectrum of our Firm’s resources to offer the creative and bespoke solutions necessary to meet our clients’ goals. The synergy found among our lawyers enables us to provide clients with an integrated and holistic approach to meeting their legal needs, and helps us play a meaningful advisory role for their global business objectives. To that end, we actively monitor legislative developments, regulatory actions, and transaction activity and deal type innovations across the various jurisdictions that impact the markets in which we and our clients operate. Our strong relationships, cultivated over decades of work alongside the U.S. SEC, NYSE, NASDAQ, along with various state, federal and international regulatory agencies, self-regulatory bodies, domestic and non-U.S. clearing and settlement systems, and public securities exchanges around the globe, enable us to offer practical and actionable insight into critical regulatory, compliance and deal-execution considerations of cross-border transactions.