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Valerie Ford Jacob

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Capital Markets


Partner, co-head of our global capital markets practice and the co-head of our financial institutions group


Valerie acts as counsel to both issuers and underwriters in domestic and international financings, and represents clients in all types of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, high yield offerings, mezzanine and bridge financings, investment grade debt offerings, acquisition financings and recapitalizations. She also counsels corporations on corporate governance and securities regulation.

Before joining Freshfields, Valerie was the senior partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where she also served as the head of the global capital markets practice. She is a frequent contributor to legal and other periodicals on securities laws and financing topics.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

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Valerie Ford Jacob - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘excellent full-service capability’ and ‘attractive combination of US capital markets expertise backed by a strong global network’ make it a strong choice for underwriters. Highly rated global co-head Valerie Ford Jacob is also a significant draw, hailed as ‘best in class’ and a ‘recognized leader in complex transactions’. Ford Jacob and Michael Levitt advised the underwriters, led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mizuho Securities and US Bancorp, on a $1.1bn offering by Kroger. The same team also acted for the underwriters in Republic Services’ $500m offering of notes. New York head Paul Tropp is ‘extremely strong and very knowledgeable’; he advised the underwriters on Dollar General’s $500m issuance of senior notes.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continues to build up its reputation as a sound choice for underwriters’ counsel, following the arrival of highly rated global capital markets co-head Valerie Ford Jacob in 2014. Paul Tropp heads the New York capital markets practice and recently advised underwriters Deutsche Bank Securities and Goldman Sachs on the $500m IPO of special purchase acquisition company Silver Run Acquisition. Tropp also assisted the underwriters with American Farmland’s $48m IPO and Saban Capital Acquisition’s $250m IPO. Michael Levitt is another name to note.

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