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Robert (Rob) Flanigan

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Mayer Brown

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Banking & Finance


Robert Flanigan is a Banking & Finance partner who regularly represents issuers and underwriters on Rule 144A/Regulation S private placements and SEC-registered offerings of a wide range of equity and debt securities, particularly in transactions involving French and Spanish issuers. He has advised on some of the largest capital markets transactions in Europe, including the ‚ā¨4.3 billion IPO of Aena, the ‚ā¨2.4 billion IPO of Inditex, the ‚ā¨1.2 billion IPO of Snecma; over ‚ā¨3.3 billion in offerings of high yield notes by Rhodia; and Barclays Bank plc in the creation and operation of its ‚ā¨10 billion Global Collaterlised Medium Term Note Progamme. Robert also represents foreign private issuers in connection with ongoing compliance with SEC and NYSE reporting obligations and advises clients regarding public disclosure obligations and corporate governance issues. He has advised private and public companies in M&A transactions in a variety of business sectors.


Robert joined Mayer Brown in 2008. Admissions Paris New York Lecturer at the Université Paris Descartes Faculté de Droit


English French Spanish


Robert is a member of the New York Bar, an Avocat à la Cour in France, registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Registered European Lawyer.


Cornell Law School, JD; Editor, Cornell Law Review Yale University, BA


Lecturer at the Université Paris Descartes Faculté de Droit

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

The practice at¬†Mayer Brown International LLP¬†acts for issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders on a range of cross-border equity capital markets work, including IPOs, private placements, share buy-backs, demergers and global depositary receipt offerings.¬†Kate Ball-Dodd¬†and the New York- and French-qualified¬†Robert Flanigan¬†jointly head the department; Flanigan, who has been particularly active in the Spanish markets recently, was US counsel to Liberbank on its ‚ā¨500m rights offering and a related ‚ā¨120m accelerated book-build by several of its shareholders. He also acted for Promotora de Informaciones on its ‚ā¨563m share offering.¬†Colin Scagell¬†advised Peel Hunt as sponsor and bookrunner on IntegraFin Holdings' ¬£178m IPO on the LSE. Other clients of the team include GW Pharmaceuticals, Metrovacesa and Altice.¬†Rebecca Bothamley¬†made partner in January 2018;¬†Richard Smith¬†is also recommended.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Mayer Brown International LLP has longstanding relationships with some of the AIM market's most prominent and active NOMADs; practice head Kate Ball-Dodd, Robert Flanigan and associate Simon Allison acted for Investec Bank in the £40.7m placing of shares in Hollywood Bowl Group by way of an accelerated bookbuild. Flanigan and Allison also worked with Colin Scagell to advise Peel Hunt and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on the £9.8m placing of new shares by Blancco Technology Group (also by way of an accelerated bookbuild). The team is also a strong performer acting for issuers, both on AIM and overseas exchanges, attracting particular praise for 'its knowledge and understanding of the FPI rules, Sarbanes-Oxley, AIM rules and Companies Act'; it is 'a one-stop shop for all legal compliance questions'. A recent highlight involved Robert Hamill and Rebecca Bothamley advising Velocys on a circa £18.4m firm placing and placing and open offer to fund an ongoing renewable fuels biorefinery. Other corporate clients include Entertainment One, Shearwater Group Plc, GBGI and Eland Oil & Gas.

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London: Finance

Debt capital markets

Within: Debt capital markets

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†'does a great job - the lawyers are always available and they deliver a great overall level of service'. The dedicated three-partner DCM team has extensive US law capability in London. In an example of its strong flow of Canadian issuer work, the team acted on the update of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's C$25bn global MTN programme and its issuance of $2bn in fixed rate notes. The practice also handled F√©d√©ration des caisses Desjardins du Qu√©bec's¬†‚ā¨7bn MTN programme.¬†Its work for blue-chip European corporates included a ‚ā¨600m notes offering by Novartis AG. Key to all three of these deals was¬†James Taylor, who is 'one of the best for Canadian covered bond issuance; he is knowledgeable, practical and transaction-oriented, and he adds real value'. He also plays a key role in the firm's emerging markets debt work, which included representing Turkey's Vakifbank in its invitation to holders of its $900m outstanding subordinated notes. He also advises¬†>issuers and underwriters on high-profile reverse Yankee bonds, which included acting for joint lead managers on a ‚ā¨600m offering by Whirlpool Corporation.¬†Bernd Bohr¬†is 'extremely precise, reliable and business-minded and has a very good knowledge of the industry'.¬†US and France qualified¬†Robert Flanigan¬†handles numerous deals in southern Europe. He advised Spain's Liberbank on its ‚ā¨300m inaugural bond issue.

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High yield

Within: High yield

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†is 'a very capable firm and it provides clear, straightforward and timely legal advice'. The firm is particularly active in deals involving¬†the German, Swiss and Austrian markets, thanks to 'exceptionally quick and smart' bi-lingual US capital markets partner¬†Bernd Bohr, who is 'extremely knowledgeable about high-yield bonds and provides very strong leadership throughout a transaction'.¬†Robert Flanigan¬†,¬†who is qualified in US and French law, frequently advises issuers and underwriters on Rule 144a/Regulation S private placements and SEC-registered debt issuances. Together, they form a 'knowledgeable and hardworking' practice that provides 'high-quality service and is always willing to help'. Last year, Bohr acted for Progroup in its ‚ā¨150m offering of senior secured notes to refinance its outstanding debt. He also handled a ‚ā¨45m cash tender offer by¬†JH-Holding for a portion of its PIK toggle notes, which represented¬†the first ever tender offer for German law governed high yield notes.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Mayer Brown International LLP 's Tamsin Travers  was recently promoted to partner and was part of a team led by Tom Duncan to advise SSE and its joint venture partners as developers of the Beatrice offshore wind farm project on ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a subsea services EPC contract. A major construction company engaged Jonathan Stone to oversee the design and construction of a new terminal at a major UK port to accommodate a new international fleet, and practice Michael Regan represented a construction company in a series of disputes including the recovery of costs related to damages to a car park which the client designed and constructed. Clients can rely on Robert Flanigan for capital markets mandates and Chris Fellowes handles transactional construction matters such as tenders and procurement contracts.

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