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Mayer Brown’s Capital Markets practice consists of securities lawyers located in the principal financial centers in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.  We regularly represent both issuers and underwriters in connection with issuances of fixed-income securities, including investment-grade debt, leveraged capital, high-yield debt, continuously offered products, equity-linked note programs and hybrid capital. In addition, we have substantial experience in all aspects of equity capital transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, American Depositary Receipts and Global Depository Receipts, private investment in public equities and spin-offs.

Mayer Brown has a global team of IPO lawyers with experience guiding our issuer and underwriter clients through the IPO process in most of the major markets across the globe, from the initial kickoff meeting through completion of the IPO.  We also advise privately-held companies and public companies, as well as placement agents, in connection with private placements of equity, equity-linked, and debt securities. We count among our capital markets lawyers innovators in the private placement and PIPE market.

In addition, we regularly counsel companies, placement agents, private investors, and strategic investors in connection with mezzanine or late-stage private placements. We counsel our issuer and financial intermediary clients in these transactions, which often require addressing the rights of various series of existing stockholders. We also assist companies undertaking private tender offers to provide liquidity opportunities for early investors and employees, or to facilitate liquidity opportunities for these holders by bringing in new institutional and cross-over fund investors. Given the depth of our experience with private placements and IPOs, we are able to work effectively with our clients on these transactions while remaining focused on their strategic objectives and longer-term financing plans.

Mayer Brown’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice works with startups and early stage private companies as they navigate capital raising and corporate matters.

Our team has particular experience advising companies in a number of industries, including technology, media and telecommunications, consumer products, BDCs, energy, financial services and fintech, life sciences, REITs, and insurance and insurtech.