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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's team is led jointly by New York-qualified partners¬†Philip Boeckman¬†and¬†George Stephanakis. Underwriters and issuers instruct the firm on cross-border mandates in a range of sectors. New York-qualified corporate expert¬†David Mercado¬†acted for Becle on its MXN11bn share offering in the US as well as on its IPO on the Mexican Stock Exchange; he also assisted the managers, led by Credit Suisse, on Credit Suisse Group's CHF2.4bn share offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The electricity sector is an industry strength: Stephanakis advised Electricit√© de France on its ‚ā¨4.02bn share offering on Euronext Paris.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 7

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP¬†is a ‚Äėmarket leader for US law on any M&A activity and particularly larger deals‚Äô.¬†¬†Philip Boeckman¬†heads the team and regularly represents several of the firm‚Äôs biggest clients in Europe, including Bacardi, the European Investment Bank and TNT. Boeckman notably represented Punch Taverns in connection with its sale to Vine Acquisitions and the associated disposal of approximately 1,900 Punch Tavern pubs to Heineken, with an implied enterprise value of approximately ¬£1.8bn. Other highlights included¬†Alyssa Caples¬†acting for British American Tobacco in its $97bn merger with Reynolds American and¬†David Mercado¬†representing Banco Santander in connection with its acquisition of approximately $1.4bn worth of retail banking businesses of Citigroup in Argentina. Mercado and¬†George Stephanakis¬†are recommended for their ‚Äėhands on and highly intelligent but pragmatic approach to a deal‚Äô.

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London: Finance

Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles bonds issued under New York law that are distributed to both US and European investors. The firm is 'committed to service,  has a short response times and the advice provided is solid', remarks one client. Among the firm's issuer clients for SEC-registered and Rule 144a securities offerings are blue-chip corporates such as Sappi, Unilever and British American Tobacco. It also represents numerous sovereign entities. As underwriter's counsel it has worked for major investment banks such as Citigroup, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan. Among its key deals from 2017 were six debt offerings for European Investment Bank with a combined value of $17.5bn. Co-head of the EMEA capital markets practice Philip Boeckman is the key partner and led those deals. Fellow practice co-head George Stephanakis is also recommended. Corporate partner Alyssa Caples plays a prominent role in the practice and she acted for British American Tobacco on a $17.25bn 144a/Reg S offering of fixed and floating rate notes. David Mercado's highlights included a $900m offering by plantation owner Celulosa Arauco y Constitución, in which he represented initial purchasers. He also acted for Credit Suisse on a $500m offering by Inversiones CMPC.

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 1

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP¬†is 'an excellent high yield firm for complex and high-value transactions'. The firm has on one of the longest track records of any US firm in Europe, having worked on¬†several of the initial high yield bond financings done in the mid- to late 1990s. Philip Boeckman¬†(who¬†is 'knowledgeable and a steady hand') and¬†George Stephanakis¬†jointly head the EMEA capital markets practice and are highly recommended. Boeckman acted for silicon metal and alloy producer Ferroglobe in its $350m Rule 144a/Regulation S senior notes offering, and advised NH Hotel Group on its ‚ā¨115m issuance and a ‚ā¨122m debt tender offer by Deutsche Bank. Highlights for Stephanakis included acting for BNP Paribas and other initial purchasers on a ‚ā¨625m offering by¬†La Financi√®re ATALIAN.¬†A key partner in the practice is¬†Alyssa Caples¬†, whom clients describe as 'technically very able; she goes the extra mile to gain a detailed understanding of her clients' business'. Her highlights from 2017 included handling a ¬£550m offering for first-time issuer Drax Finco, which is part of a¬†vertically-integrated electricity generation and supply business with operations in the UK and the US. Her work for deal managers included advisingJPMorgan and other initial purchasers on a ‚ā¨425m offering by optical retailer Alain Afflelou.¬†David Mercado, who counts Premier Foods among his clients, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alyssa Caples - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

George Stephanakis - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Philip Boeckman - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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