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Elaine Keats

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Capital markets.


Partner in the equity and debt markets group. Has broad range of experience in international capital markets, including international debt offerings, convertible/exchangeable bonds and medium-term note programmes, advising both investment banking and corporate clients. Specialist areas include liability management transactions, including exchange offers, tender offers and buy-backs.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London 1994-96; trainee solicitor international finance department, New York 1996; associate international finance department, London 1996-2001; managing associate equity and debt markets group 2001-05; partner 2005.


University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Guildford (1994 LPC).

London: Finance

Debt capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Elaine Keats - Linklaters LLP

Within: Debt capital markets

Linklaters LLP is 'a go-to firm for any investment grade debt and it has the ability to handle both plain vanilla and esoteric products'. Liability management and retail bonds specialist Elaine Keats, who acted for British American Tobacco Group on the issuance of $17.5bn in notes, leads the practice, which has a deep bench of talent across all aspects of DCM. For some, Richard Levy is 'the best counsel in London, especially for complex products; he is super-technical and commercial'. Keith Thomson handles debt and equity-linked transactions in the Euro markets and is a specialist in convertible and exchangeable bonds. Thomson and Ben Dulieu are 'the two lawyers everyone in equity-linked seeks out for transactions'. Carson Welsh focuses on regulatory capital transactions, which last year included advising Banco Santander on $250m in second ranking senior notes, which are new types of security in the Spanish market. US-qualified Cecil Quillen is also recommended for regulatory capital deals. Richard O’Callaghan has significant MENA and emerging markets expertise, and clients note that he is ' highly skilled and responsive, with a particular expertise in more complex issues'. Neil Dixon is 'outstanding - he has the complete confidence of clients and is always up-to-date with market developments in the incredibly technical world of financial services regulatory capital'. Managing associate Manoj Tulsiani is 'very technical and commercial and doesn't waste any time'.

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Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Linklaters LLP¬†has one of the premier finance practices in London and frequently acts for banks, corporates, funds and governments in their financing, hedging and investment activities. From London, it handles work in Africa, the CEE, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Turkey. It is a leading player in¬†debt capital markets transactions in emerging markets, though trade and project finance are also among its major strengths. Last year, it acted for lenders including African Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and¬†Japan Bank for International Cooperation on the $5bn financing of the Nacala Corridor project, a 900km rail and port development in Malawi and Mozambique backed by mining company Vale to transport coal from its mines to overseas markets. Head of the firm‚Äôs Africa group¬†Andrew Jones¬†led that deal. Another key deal in Mozambique was the $5bn financing of the¬†Coral South floating liquefied natural gas project, in which¬†Daniel Tyrer¬†led a team acting for the sponsors. He is also¬†head of the CIS group¬†is a leading light for oil and gas¬†project finance across EMEA.¬†Mirthe Van Kesteren¬†leads the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London, which has a deep bench of experienced partners including transport,¬†utilities and infrastructure¬†expert¬†Ian Andrews;¬†US securities partners¬†Cecil Quillen¬†and¬†Patrick Sheil, who handle both for debt and equity transactions; senior partner and mining industry expert¬†Charlie Jacobs; capital markets partners¬†Richard O‚ÄôCallaghan, who advised the Republic of Slovenia on a ‚ā¨1.25bn tender and exchange offer for outstanding debt, and¬†Elaine Keats; and¬†banking partner¬†Toby Grimstone.

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