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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Witold Balaban

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Latham & Watkins LLP

Position

Witold Balaban is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Balaban is global Co-chair of the firm's Capital Markets Practice and the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group, and is a member of the Corporate Department and Derivatives Practice. He focuses in particular on equity derivatives and equity-linked products, including convertible and exchangeable bond offerings (both optional and mandatory) and related equity derivatives products (such as call spread overlays and issuer or affiliate borrow facilities), fixed and variable share forward sales and related equity offerings, issuer share repurchase transactions, hedging and monetization transactions (including equity-based finance transactions) and structured products distributed publicly and privately.


United States: Finance

Capital markets: global offerings

Within: Capital markets: global offerings

Among the best worldwide for capital markets’, Latham & Watkins LLP is also credited as ‘one of the top three firms in the technology space’ and as ‘a leader in equity transactions’. Indeed, peers comment that they ‘see this group everywhere’, due in no small part to its sizeable global network, which includes platforms across 14 countries. The group’s premier high-yield debt practice and ‘great balance between issuer and manager representations’ are other notable characteristics. An impressive equity performance during 2018 saw the firm earn top roles on a run of major IPOs. Most notably, Sweden-headquartered Spotify Technology turned to the team for its groundbreaking direct listing on the NYSE; the deal, which valued the company at $26.5bn, was led by widely revered global corporate chair Marc Jaffe (‘an institution’; ‘truly tremendous’) alongside Gregory Rodgers and Benjamin Cohen, all of whom are based in New York. In another technology highlight, Jaffe and New York-based global capital markets co-chair Ian Schuman (‘great in both debt and equity capital markets’), with support from the London office, advised UK-based Farfetch on its $1bn IPO. Jaffe and Schuman paired up again to advise the underwriters on Canada Goose’s $624.2m secondary offering. On the debt front, Washington DC-based partners Jason Licht and Shagufa Hossain assisted Shandong Ruyi Technology Group with its $1bn notes offering. The group also includes ’extremely strong’ global capital markets co-chair Witold Balaban, who is based between New York and London.

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