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Capital Markets

With a record of demonstrated excellence developed over decades of experience and an unparalleled depth of talent, Simpson Thacher assists our corporate clients in accessing global capital markets and helps our investment banking clients compete in these markets by providing strategic counsel across industries and borders.

We are a leader in capital markets transactions worldwide. Our Capital Markets Practice is prized for its reach and range—from Manhattan to Silicon Valley, from London to Hong Kong, São Paulo and beyond. Representing both issuers and underwriters, the Firm enjoys a premier standing in advising on offerings for common stock, high yield debt, convertible debt and investment grade debt. Our practice benefits from our deep roots with each of the major investment banks. Our unrivaled base of corporate and banking clients means we have a volume of transactions that reinforces our market expertise and creates great value and efficiency. Moreover, the breadth of work in our balanced practice ensures that we are in the vanguard of developments in securities laws.

Band 1
Band 1 ranking in U.S. Capital Markets: Debt or Equity – Chambers Global 2007–2023

The Firm focuses on complex transactions under U.S., English and Hong Kong law. Our sophisticated client base requires that we be a pioneer of novel structures. We are on top of initial public offering trends because, remarkably, we have advised on more than 310 successful U.S. and global IPOs over the last decade, including our representation of Alibaba in the second-largest IPO ever. Our premier high yield practice has worked on more than 785 offerings since 2010, totaling more than $475 billion in proceeds.

Such experience on so many important deals places Simpson Thacher at the top of the list of the world’s finest securities practices. Among the capital markets transactions we handle:

  • IPOs and follow-on equity offerings
  • Rights offerings
  • Private investments in public equity (PIPEs)
  • Equity-linked securities offerings
  • Equity derivative transactions
  • High yield debt and investment grade debt
  • Convertible and exchangeable debt
  • Mezzanine finance instruments
  • Balance sheet restructurings
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We advise under U.S. law, English law and Hong Kong local law, and have capital markets lawyers in ten of our offices worldwide
“[A]n excellent firm with outstanding expertise and work ethic.”
Chambers USA, Capital Markets (quoting a client)

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