The Corporate Department at Patterson Belknap, a New York City law firm with worldwide reach, provides a unique combination of cross-border corporate finance and cross-border mergers and acquisitions practices. In an increasingly fast-paced transactional environment, our combined experience in these areas affords our clients the benefit of cutting-edge and efficient multi-jurisdictional transaction structuring and implementation.

Depositary Receipts and Cross-Border Corporate Finance

Our cross-border group is a major participant in the structuring and establishment of depositary receipts programs. Our lawyers have established an international reputation in the depositary receipts arena, and have been instrumental in developing novel cross-border instruments, including American depositary warrants, American depositary appreciation rights, American depositary notes, and depositary receipts eligible for trading and settlement in multiple jurisdictions.

Our cross-border corporate finance practice includes traditional capital markets transactions for debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings, private placements, listings on U.S. and European securities exchanges, rights offers, exchange offers, tender offers, and "going private" transactions. We have particular experience in SEC-registered, Rule 144A and Regulation S debt offerings for non-U.S. issuers including offerings of bonds convertible or exchangeable into depositary receipts.

Our worldwide reputation in cross-border securities transactions enables us to advise non-U.S. companies and their counsel on a broad range of issues relating to securities registration and disclosure matters, the issuance of securities in the private and public equity and debt markets, the listing of non-U.S. securities on the U.S. securities exchanges, and the effects of capital restructurings.

International Mergers and Acquisitions

We have established a substantial presence in international mergers and acquisitions with respect to both inbound and outbound acquisitions and divestitures. Our cross-border group consists of practitioners with domestic and international corporate finance and M&A experience which enables us to advise both foreign clients acquiring or disposing of assets in the United States and domestic clients acquiring or disposing of assets offshore. As part of a general practice firm, our cross-border group has available to it the full resources of the firm which includes experience in domestic and international taxation, employment law, executive compensation matters, employee benefits legislation, and commercial, financial and products liability litigation. The synergy among our lawyers, with their exceptional presence in the international capital markets and experience in cross-border transactions, and a well-developed network of foreign counsel, which facilitates selection of transaction-appropriate counsel in the applicable jurisdictions, allows for an efficient and swift structuring and closing of cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Cross-Border Ventures

The firm has also been involved in significant international cross-border ventures, including a series of joint venture agreements establishing a global media network between Discovery Communications, Inc. and British Broadcasting Company, the BBC.

Patterson Belknap’s presence in the cross-border corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint venture arenas is complemented by a well-developed network of foreign counsel including fellow members of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group. This group was recognized in Chambers USA as a Leading Law Firm Network. Clients are assured of seamless representation of transaction-appropriate counsel in all jurisdictions. Our hands-on supervision of every deal ensures efficient and swift structuring and closing of cross-border transactions.